Artichoke is signed up to Vision: 2025, a network of over 500 outdoor events and businesses taking climate action towards net zero. In 2023, Lumiere will engage industry experts, A Greener Festival, to undertake a carbon impact assessment of the event and is committed to working collaboratively with Durham County Council and the local community to deliver a sustainable and environmentally-conscious event.
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 event
Artichoke encourages artists to consider the responsible use of materials in new commissions and we use the profile of Lumiere to draw wider attention to pressing matters of climate change through the artworks we programme.