Future of Durham Lumiere festival discussed

Durham Lumiere Festival 2011.'Crown of Light.'A son et lumiere at Durham cathedral.'Artists; Ross Ashton, Robert Ziegler and John Del' Nero

Durham Lumiere Festival 2011.'Crown of Light.'A son et lumiere at Durham cathedral.'Artists; Ross Ashton, Robert Ziegler and John Del' Nero

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THE future of a light festival is being put to businesses and residents as part of a major review into the event.

Lumiere was held for the second time in November, and attracted 150,000 people to Durham City over four nights.

It also brought in £4.3million to the area’s economy, after the £400,000 Durham County Council put in to staging the event.

And 82 per cent of those who answered a survey saying it had been an extremely positive experience.

But many complained of poor crowd management and were angry at the long waits to so see the 35 installations.

The comments led programmers to question whether Durham wanted to see the celebration return.

An evaluation found while there was backing for it to return next year, it recommended some areas are ticket only.

Also, that the event should start earlier, artwork is spread over a wider area and better signs and maps are issued.

The council’s cabinet has ordered consultation on Lumiere’s future, urging people to give their views, and has said lessons have been learned about crowd problems.