How to Volunteer at Lumière in Durham in November



VOLUNTEERS are needed to help this year’s Light run smoothly.

Commissioned by Durham County Council and produced by Artichoke, Lumière will showcase 37 light art installations in Durham City and six locations in County Durham from Thursday November 18 through Sunday November 21.

This year’s event is the most ambitious and ambitious program to date and the organizers say the key to its success will be a team of friendly and enthusiastic volunteers known as the Lumiere Festival Makers.

Roles will include welcoming visitors to Durham and helping them get oriented and providing advice on how to get the best Light experience, educating people about the facilities, helping run the visitor center festival and share knowledge about the city.

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People with special skills or interests, such as being a trained first aid attendant, are encouraged to get in touch, but anyone over 18 is welcome.

Festival Makers should be available for at least two four to seven and a half hour shifts during the festival. They will also have to attend two meetings beforehand to receive the information they will need to perform their role safely and to visit the festival site.

There may also be volunteer roles ahead of the event, which will be organized according to availability and skills.

Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Cabinet Member of Durham County Council for Economics and Partnerships, said: “Lumière would not have grown to be the internationally renowned festival that it is today without the contributions of our incredible volunteers. This support is typical of our communities and that is why we believe County Durham’s bid to become the UK City of Culture in 2025 is so strong.

“We know people volunteer for many reasons. They may want to make new friends, learn new skills, or improve their CV. Many of our Festival Makers get involved simply because they love Light. Whatever the reason, their contribution is invaluable, and it was wonderful to see the positive difference it made in their lives as well, with many of them pursuing careers in the arts.

“If you’re interested, please contact us and let’s light up County Durham together. ”

To learn more and to register visit

The deadline for applications is Friday, November 5, but applications received after this date will still be considered if possible.

Lumière is also supported by Arts Council England, Durham University and a host of other sponsors.

The full program was announced earlier this month and includes 37 installations by international and local artists. There will also be six facilities outside of Durham City for the first time. For more information and to book free tickets, visit

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