2021 Artwork Programme

Lumiere returns to Durham from 18 – 21 November 2021 with a programme of 37 artworks, extending beyond Durham City into the wider county for the first time ever

Click here to view the artworks on our City and County map.

Highlights include a newly-commissioned work in collaboration with Durham University, New Writing North and leading international poets, whose illuminated words will be projected onto Durham Castle; a video-mapped journey from reflection to celebration on Durham Cathedral’s facade; and Lumiere’s first online interactive artwork that allows anyone to take part from wherever they are.



Lumiere’s new County programme: Marks in the Landscape

For this major new element, complementing Lumiere’s existing county-wide community programme, six international light artists were invited to respond to previous interventions in the landscape made by humans across County Durham. Funded by the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund awarded to Durham County Council and spanning almost 500 years from a medieval priory to an iconic brutalist pavilion, these new works offer a different take on familiar landmarks brought to life in unexpected ways.



Lumiere is open each night from 18 – 21 November 2021 between 16:30 – 23:00

The 6 Marks in the Landscape artworks in Durham County are open 16:30 – 22:00

The festival is completely free to attend and 24 of the 37 installations are accessible without a ticket.

9 artworks are in the ticketed central peninsula of Durham City (Pink zone: Market Place, Saddler Street, Silver Street, Palace Green, North and South Baileys, Prebends Bridge and Riverside)

The 2 artworks inside Durham Cathedral, A Candle and Mums Dads Kids Gods will not be accessible during the evening.

Durham Cathedral will be closed during the evening for prevailing Covid-19 restrictions. Visitors will be encouraged to visit the interior of the Cathedral during the day to enjoy these artworks. Click here for more information about Cathedral opening times.



In a change from previous years, the controlled City centre area of Lumiere (Pink zone: Market Place, Saddler Street, Silver Street, Palace Green, Prebends Bridge and Riverside) will be ticketed for the entirety of the festival opening times every night.

A timed ticketing slot system for the controlled central Lumiere zone will be in place from 16:30-23:00 each night.

There is no time limit once inside the controlled zone. Tickets will be available for the following time slots: 16:30, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00, 22:00.

This is to manage audience numbers as part of measures in place to offer a COVID secure experience.



Free tickets will be available here for local residents from 10:00, Tuesday 19 October.

County Durham residents includes anyone living at an address with a County Durham postcode.

All tickets for Lumiere are processed on the Lumiere website via Durham County Council Theatres. 

You are advised to sign up for an account via the Lumiere website ahead of tickets going live to enjoy a faster booking process. You will not be automatically notified when tickets go live.

Click here to register for an account in advance. If you have previously booked for Gala Durham, Empire Consett, or Bishop Auckland Town Hall, you do not need to register because you will already have an account.

Once you have an account, when tickets go live on 19 October, you can log in here.

Free tickets will go on general release here at 10:00, Thursday 21 October.

Click here to find out more about ticketing.