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The UK's largest light festival, Lumiere, is returning to Durham for a 10 year anniversary spectacular from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 2019.

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Video and Photography during Lumiere

Representatives for Durham County Council and Artichoke will be out filming from 13 to 17 November between 4.30pm and 11pm.

Images and video footage will be used for publicity and promotional purposes.

If you do not wish to appear, please make yourself known to the camera operator. For more information visit Photography and filming within the county.

Latest videos

From opening night to Keys of Light, the Friendship Tree, and For The Birds at the Botanic Garden check out our playlist of Lumiere videos for a flavour of the 2019 festival.

Lumiere traffic and travel

Up to 6,000 parking spaces will be available across sites at the normal Belmont, Howlands and Sniperley sites and three additional facilities at New College Durham, Merryoaks and Annand House at Meadowfield.

Regular services will run from to and from each site into the city centre, with extra stops to allow people to explore the event from a variety of start and finish locations. Services will run until 11.30pm each night, while car parks will remain open round-the-clock. Return tickets are £2 per person or free for concessionary pass holders and under-16s who are accompanied by an adult.

Local bus operators will also be providing extra bus services. There will also be road, parking and footpath closures in place.

Read the article in full - Lumiere traffic and travel

Icon for pdf Lumiere Park and Ride transcript (PDF, 92.8kb)

I Love Durham installation

Lumiere favourite I Love Durham returns for 2019. See the giant snow globe installed in Durham Market Place.

Icon for pdf I Love Durham installation time lapse transcript (PDF, 93.7kb)

Lumiere BRILLIANT artists

Find out more about this year's BRILLIANT artists and see which BRILLIANT artworks are returning for the 10 year anniversary festival.

Icon for pdf Lumiere Durham BRILLIANT artists transcript (PDF, 102.0kb)

Durham Cathedral at Lumiere Durham

Durham Cathedral has provided a stunning backdrop to incredible installations throughout Lumiere Durham's history - and 2019 is no different.

Icon for pdf Durham Cathedral at Lumiere transcript (PDF, 112.4kb)

Volunteer festival maker recruitment

Recruitment of volunteers is now complete. Thank you to all those that applied. See our Volunteering pages for more information.

Full programme announced

The full programme of 37 artworks for Lumiere 2019 has been revealed today. Created by Artichoke, the UK's leading producers of art in the public realm, Lumiere runs from Thursday 14 - Sunday 17 November 2019. For the most ambitious edition of Lumiere yet, a selection of favourite artworks from previous festivals will sit alongside a host of new commissions by international artists and fresh talent from the North East.

Free to attend, the festival will reimagine the city through dramatic installations, dynamic projections and reflective works, which showcase the diversity and creativity of light art. 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.

Read the article in full - Full programme announced for Lumiere 2019.

Lumiere favourite Mysticète returns

For the festival's 10th anniversary edition, Mysticète will resurface on the River Wear at a new location north of Pennyferry Bridge. The mesmerising 3D projection of a Baleen whale emerging out of the water, created by design agency Top'là and visual artist Catherine Garret, was a much-loved feature of Lumiere Durham 2015.

Read all of the latest news about Lumiere Durham 2019.

About Lumiere

Commissioned by us and produced by Artichoke - Lumiere is recognised as a world class event. 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.

The 2019 event will run from 14 to 17 November and will see a number of highlights from the previous five festivals shine a light on the county - to mark the event's 10th anniversary. Lumiere was established in Durham in 2009 and the 2019 programme is expected to wow the hundreds of thousands of people who flock to the biennial event and to ensure that the county is showcased on a global scale. It will feature a mix of some favourites and brand new artworks.

Together, the five Lumiere festivals have attracted more than 840,000 people and brought in a joint economic benefit in excess of £28 million (£28.7m). Take a look back at 10 years of Lumiere.

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