Spectacular light installations will always use energy, but Lumiere producer Artichoke is committed to minimising the impact the festival has on the environment. Since 2013, Artichoke has submitted an online annual report to Julie’s Bicycle as part of our ongoing commitment to monitoring and reviewing the environmental impact of our events and office activities. Artichoke is now also signed up to the Vision 2025 Pledge for a Greener Festival.
All Lumiere installations are made as energy efficient as they can be. Instead of relying solely on generators, mains or battery power is used when possible and many works use low energy LEDs. Street lights are switched off or reduced, saving power and reducing light pollution so the installations can shine brighter. Wherever possible Artichoke combines artwork and equipment to limit the number of trucks used for transport and employs contractors and suppliers based in or close to Durham. Audiences are encouraged to use public transport to get around during the festival. Artichoke encourages artists to consider the responsible use of materials in new commissions and we use the profile of the festival to draw wider attention to pressing matters of climate change through the artworks we programme.