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The Lantern Company, community groups of County Durham (UK)

Artistic Director: Jo Pocock, Composer: Roma Yagnik

Location: College Green

Transforming College Green into a glowing cityscape of lanterns

A city is nothing without its residents’ stories, old and new. Members of local communities worked with lantern artists and poets to build an imaginary city of illuminated streets, simple houses, grand architectural wonders, and even some familiar sites. 

City of Light is animated by an epic soundscape that reflects the City’s sonic ebbs and flows, fusing original music and poetry with stories gathered from residents (newly arrived and long established) who took part in making the work. 

The first version of this piece was created in Liverpool in 2019, City of Light, City of Sanctuary.


About The Lantern Company

The Lantern Company creates memorable events, day and night. They delight in giving audiences the thrill of experiencing something mysterious, beautiful and absurd.

At the heart of the company is a commitment to developing sustainable projects, which build skills and raise aspirations in community members, raising confidence and celebrating creativity. The Lantern Company aims to make their events accessible to those who may not normally access visual or performing arts.

PLEASE NOTE: While you are welcome to photograph this installations for personal use, the artist retains all imagery rights. Commercial use of installation photography and film is strictly prohibited.




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