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Countdown to Lumiere 2017

The UK's largest light festival, Lumiere, is returning to Durham from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 Durham 2017 - expect Bigger: Bolder: Brighter!

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Full programme announced for Lumiere

Free to attend, the festival will reimagine the city of Durham with 29 artworks and installations made using the medium of light, by artists from around the world. From dramatic installations, energetic projections and more contemplative works across Durham's buildings, streets and bridges, Lumiere will illuminate the city in delightful, unexpected and spectacular ways across the four nights.

The festival is commissioned by Durham County Council, with additional support from Arts Council England, Durham University and a host of further funders and supporters.

Festival visitors are encouraged to explore the dazzling night-time spectacle on foot, whether discovering the city for the first time or seeing familiar sights in a new light.

Durham holds a unique place as the birthplace of Lumiere and local people and communities have become central to the story of the festival, providing both the inspiration and context for many of the artworks. The festival has become a landmark event in the cultural calendar of the North East and is recognised around the world as a must-see light festival, attracting 200,000 visitors in 2015.

This year's programme has a strong international element once again, with artists from around the world including from the United States and Canada, Spain, Holland, Sweden, Finland, as well as the UK. In addition, to coincide with Lumiere 2017, Durham is hosting the annual conference of LUCI (Urban Lighting Collective International).

See this news article in full for information about the programme. 

See all of our previous Lumiere news articles

Highlights from Lumiere 2015

In case you didn't make 2015 or want a reminder, here's our video of the highlights.

If you are having problems watching the video you can watch it directly on our YouTube channel. There is also a  Icon for pdf Lumiere 2015 video transcript (PDF, 171.5kb) .

We're sure you've all got some great memories of Lumiere 2015. View our Lumiere 2015 gallery on Facebook  for some of ours and share with your friends.

About Lumiere

Commissioned by us and produced by Artichoke - Lumiere is recognised as a world class event, attracting more than 200,000 people in November 2015 and delivering a £9.6million boost to the county's economy.

Supported by 180 volunteers and with an outreach programme involving 860 children and young people and 525 residents, it inspires people from every corner of County Durham and beyond.

Described as 'majestic', 'mesmerising', 'ever-changing' Lumiere was born in Durham and has been exported by Artichoke to both Derry and London since, wowing international audiences.

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