Durham Lumiere announces date for next festival of lights

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A popular biennial light art festival returns to County Durham next year, organizers have confirmed.

Visitors to Durham City will be able to enjoy the impressive Lumiere installations from November 16-19.

Historic buildings and spaces will be reimagined with a stimulating and entertaining new program of spectacular commissions from British and internationally renowned artists.

Echo of the North: Light has creative installations

Light has creative installations (Image: Echo of the North)

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The free event is produced by leading art producers Artichoke and commissioned by Durham County Council.

Councilor Amanda Hopgood, lchief of Durham County Council, said: “We are delighted to announce the return of Lumière in 2023.

“Lumiere demonstrates our commitment to championing culture and culture-driven regeneration following our campaign for UK City of Culture 2025.

“It also gives a huge boost to our economy and helps strengthen our communities as they come together to experience the festival.

“The ability to reunite with friends, family and neighbors is more important than ever during these trying times.”

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The Northern Echo: Durham Cathedral is often a central feature of the Festival of Lights

Durham Cathedral is often a central feature of the Festival of Lights (Image: Echo of the North)

Since 2009, Lumière in Durham has attracted over a million visitors and stands as a landmark event in the North East’s cultural calendar.

For its 8th edition in 2023, the program will continue to bring magic, joy and light to the local community, illuminating the dark November winter nights and energizing the local economy.

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The Northern Echo: Lumiere makes creative use of public spaces around Durham

The Northern Echo: Lumiere makes creative use of public spaces around Durham

Lumiere makes creative use of public spaces around Durham (Image: Echo of the North)

Artichoke Artistic Director Helen Marriage said: “In these difficult times, it is all the more important that families have events to look forward to without having to worry about what it will cost to attend.

“Lumiere is free for everyone, the result of incredible partnerships forged over the years with Durham County Council, Arts Council England and local Durham institutions and businesses who all invest in the event to bring wider benefits to the community.”

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