Four dazzling winter evenings...

How Lumiere transformed Durham into a city-wide celebration of light in 2013.

LUMIERE returned to Durham in 2013 with a spectacular raft of installations and projections illuminating Durham's buildings, streets and public spaces. Local and international artists, lighting designers, and community groups breathed new light into the city with a breathtaking series of lightworks.

Artichoke were invited by Durham County Council to bring Lumiere to the city for the third time. 175,000 people enjoyed a spectacular programme of 27 installations including the world’s biggest helium balloon, a phone box filled with real fish, a Christmas Tree made out of 3,000 plastic bags donated by the public and a giant 3D projection of an elephant stomping down Elvet Bridge.

Four new works were created by the winners of Brilliant, our competition for local artists from the North East. We also held a day-long conference Art Means Business exploring how culture can help us re-imagine the 21st century urban landscape featuring a cast of international speakers.

“Strolling after dark along Durham’s ancient streets you will encounter the subtle and the spectacular, the serious and the funny, the home-grown and the exotic.”

The Metro on Lumiere Durham 2013

Check out our youtube channel to watch all the videos from festival.

Also in Derry-Londonderry 

Lumiere provided the finale to Derry’s phenomenal year as UK City of Culture 2013 with it’s own unique programme from 28 November – 1 December.  Find out what happened on the festival website.

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Lumiere Partners

  • 1(b) - DCC SMALL
  • ACE
  • ACE Lottery
Artichoke
  • Commissioned by:

  • Hotel Partner

  • Institutional Partner

  • Institutional Partner

  • Commissioned by:

  • Hotel Partner

  • Institutional Partner

  • Institutional Partner

Artichoke
Image credits
  • Crowds at LUMIERE DURHAM 2013, produced by Artichoke. Photo by Matthew Andrews.