Four Dazzling Winter Evenings...

How Lumiere transformed Derry into a city-wide celebration of light.

Something extraordinary happened in the winter of 2013 as LUMIERE brought a spectacular raft of installations and projections to illuminate Derry's buildings, streets and bridges.

Following three successful Lumiere festivals in Durham, England, producers Artichoke were invited to bring Lumiere to Derry by the Culture Company, bringing what was an incredible year of arts and culture in the city to a close with a four day celebration of light.

Local and international artists, lighting designers, and community groups breathed new light into the city with a breathtaking series of lightworks. The festival was a popular family event with artworks sprawling right across the city in a sprinkle of winter magic.

The light creations ranged from large-scale projections to neons, installations using the latest LEDs, created by artists and lighting designers from near and far including pieces created by artists from the Northern Ireland as part of the successful Brilliant competition.

“From Teenage Kicks to the Troubles, there were sparks of real drama in the city's Lumiere show.”
The Observer on Lumiere 2013

Check out our youtube channel for all the videos from the festival.

Lumiere in Durham

The festivals in Durham have been a huge sucess. Together the 2009 and 2011 festivals attracted 225,000 people to the city and generated £5.8 million for the local economy. We have just finished the third festival and are awaiting the final figures from our economical benefit survey, but we know that around 175,000 people attended the event over four days. 

Both Lumiere festivals in Durham and Derry have unique programmes that have been curated specifically for each location. 

Lumiere Partners

  • City of Culture
  • ACE Lottery
  • ACE
  • Discover Northern Ireland
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  • Principal Partner

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  • Principal Partner

Image credits
  • The Travellers at Lumiere Derry~Londonderry, photo by Chris Hill