Stained Glass Cars, Twist Design / Stu Langley, Lumiere Durham 2013. Produced by Artichoke. Photo by Matthew Andrews.

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BRILLIANT is a competition where anyone originally from, or currently living in the North East can apply with an idea for a light installation at Lumiere Durham 2017. Want to enter? Here are some tips from Lumiere producer, Kate Harvey. Keep it simple Past BRILLIANT winners have taken every day objects as their inspiration. Do you […]

February 2nd, 2017


BRILLIANT Competition Now Open

Got a great idea for a light installation at Lumiere Durham 2017? If you’re aged over 18, live in the North East or were originally from there, we want to hear from you. 

You don’t need to be an artist to apply. The deadline for applications is Monday 6th March, midday / 12pm.

 Find out more by clicking this link.

February 1st, 2017


Banks Group add permanent artwork to Durham landscape

Alongside the launch of Lumiere Durham 2017, the Banks Group have added to the Durham landscape for a second time with a permanent artwork from Lumiere Durham 2015.

Lightbench by Bernd Spiecker for LBO-Lichtbankobjekte (Germany) is now installed in the new Freeman’s Quay development. It joins Tobie Langel’s witty and unusual civic clock, Helvetictoc, which is sited on the wall above the city’s Library and was the Banks Group’s first permanent Lumiere gift to the Durham community.


November 10th, 2016


Lumiere Durham dates announced

The UK’s largest outdoor light festival Lumiere will return to illuminate Durham for the fifth time next year, Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th November 2017.

Lumiere Durham has become a landmark event in the cultural calendar of the North East and is recognised around the world as a “must see” light festival. Free-to-attend, Lumiere attracted 200,000 visitors to Durham in 2015

Programming for the festival is now underway so stay tuned for updates.

November 9th, 2016


Lumiere Durham: Tell us what you think

Did you come to Lumiere Durham?  Durham County Council, the commissioner of Lumiere, and Artichoke, the event producers, are keen to hear about your festival experience. A survey is being carried out independently by Durham University. The questionnaire is anonymous; your responses will be treated in the strictest confidence and you won’t be contacted again. As […]

November 18th, 2015


Change to Lumiere Durham Programme

As of 11.30am, Sunday 15th November, Lumiere producer Artichoke regrets that due to adverse weather conditions and rising water levels in the River Wear, it has been necessary to cancel Mysticete (the whale) by Top’là Design / Catherine Garret at this evening’s Lumiere festival. Artichoke is reviewing the situation on an ongoing basis and there will be further […]

November 15th, 2015


Flashback from Lumiere 2013 at Radisson Blu Hotel

Look out for a popular Lumiere Durham 2013’s installation by artist Beth J Ross in the foyer of the Radisson Blu Hotel.

Beth was commissioned as part of the festival’s BRILLIANT scheme, where anyone originally from or based in the North East can apply with an idea for an installation at Lumiere. Her neon, one of a series of three was inspired by a manuscript she discovered in Durham Cathedral. Find out more.

Radisson Blu Hotel – Taste of Lumiere Menu
Feeling hungry? Stop off between installations at the Radisson Blu Hotel for their Taste of Lumiere Menu. It costs £15 for two courses and you can even enjoy some very special Lumiere inspired ice-cream that glows in the dark.

Menu available from Monday 9th – Sunday 15th November from 5pm- 9pm. Book in advance to avoid disappointment.


November 8th, 2015


Competition: Win a washing machine or freezer from Ebac

Take a selfie with the official Lumiere Durham washing machine and you could win a new washing machine or freezer from the festival’s Family Partner Ebac! The official Lumiere Durham washing machine was designed by seven-year-old Holly Metcalfe you’ll find it in the Lumiere Visitor Hub on Millennium Place. Just take a selfie with the […]

November 7th, 2015


A warm welcome in the North East for the Electric Fireside!

In just a week, Lumiere will return to Durham to transform the city into a brightly lit wonderland, and Durham city centre will be adorned with beautiful installations from far afield and close to home. One particularly exciting installation this year comes in the form of the Electric Fireside. Produced by The Brick Box, this […]

November 6th, 2015


Turn your rubbish into art

Work is already underway on Mick Stephenson’s Litre of Light installation.  A giant replica of a Rose Window at Durham Cathedral, it will be made out of thousands of plastic bottles in tribute to the MyShelter Foundation project of the same name.  Now we need your help to finish it. Instead of sending your plastic bottles […]

November 3rd, 2015

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