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Lumiere 2011

17–21 November 2011

LUMIERE, the UK's largest light festival, returned to the beautiful medieval city of Durham. For four nights only, around 80 local and international artists, lighting designers and community groups brought a sprinkle of winter magic to the city with a breathtaking series of installations and projections that illuminated Durham's buildings, streets and bridges.

In November 2009, Lumiere, transformed the city into a nocturnal wonderland for four magical nights. An estimated 75,000 people flocked into town to see the dozens of artworks, projections and performances all made of light.

Bigger. Brighter. Bolder.

In November 2011, Lumiere returned to set Durham ablaze with light artworks transforming the landmarks, streets, river and bridges of the city. Early estimates indicate that 140,00 people took to the streets of Durham to enjoy the 35 artworks that ranged from large-scale projections like Crown of Light which saw the Lindesfarne Gospels projected onto Durham Cathedral, to neons, to installations like I Love Durham, the giant snowdome that transformed the Market Place into a playground. LUMIERE 2011 also included Lux Scientia, a collaboration with light festivals in Poland and Estonia, as well as four pieces created by artists from the North East, Brilliant.

We returned to Durham at the invitation of Durham County Council, who were delighted that the first LUMIERE festival in 2009 brought 75,000 people to the city and dazzled visitors and residents alike. Visit the festival website to see the pictures of the festival, listen to interviews will all of the artists, and watch some clips of the installations in action.

Website: 2011.lumiere-festival.com

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