The Lumiere Derry~Londonderry programme reflected the history of the city and its people
Positioned atop the Rosemount Shirt Factory, a work by Tim Etchells spelled out A Stitch in Time in bold letters, honouring the city’s industrial heritage when it was the shirt-making capital of the world. Touring around the city in an ambulance, Public Projection–Derry~Londonderry by Krzysztof Wodiczko broadcast the testimony of city residents and their experiences of the Troubles. Their words were projected onto buildings including Free Derry Corner and The Guildhall.
Light installations reminded audiences of the past and also sought to bring them together. Twice Upon A Time by Ocubo invited primary school children to participate in a game of virtual Consequences, their drawings animated and projected across Ebrington Clocktower (the former army barracks). In a city known for its bonfires, Compagnie Carabosse bought a different kind of fire to St Columb’s Park, creating a magical immersive experience with live music that captivated the crowds.
180,000 people came out onto the streets to experience the festival, demonstrating the huge public appetite for major events in the city and bringing the first UK City of Culture celebrations to a spectacular close.