People Make Lumiere goes behind-the-scenes at previous Lumiere festivals and celebrates the unsung heroes who make the event happen – from technicians and engineers to the artists and audiences. It offers a glimpse into the technical skill and teamwork required to stage a light festival of this complexity within a busy city centre, and the making of the magic that lasts in the memory for ever.
“I love the idea of a total or immersive documentation of work, covering pieces as they are assembled through to completion and switch on.” – Matthew Andrews
“Over the years the festival has grown and become incredibly popular but it has always stayed true to its ambition to present thoughtful and engaging artworks of real quality and value for free.” – Matthew Andrews
“I like to visit and revisit artworks over the course of the festival, there might be something not quite right one night so I’ll go back and there might be an especially good audience scene for example.” – Matthew Andrews
“I always loved taking things apart to find out how they work and I think working on Lumiere for so long has, in a sense, allowed me to do exactly that.” – Matthew Andrews
“There’s always something to shoot among the riggers and cherry pickers. Something catches my eye and I’m up shooting into the small hours.” – Matthew Andrews
“I think people would be surprised at quite the amount of work that goes into making Lumiere. The festival is about a year in the making and it depends on a mind-boggling number of technicians, producers, artists and volunteers.” – Matthew Andrews