Businesses help to light up Durham – literally

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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DURHAM businesses are helping to light up the city as supporters of this year’s Lumiere festival.

Event producer Artichoke has confirmed a number of businesses, including the Prince Bishops Shopping Centre and the Radisson Blu Hotel, have agreed to boost the backing the event already receives from Durham County Council and Arts Council England.

Prince Bishops has joined for the first time and will sponsor a secret, but “very exciting” installation to be created especially for the centre.

“Lumiere is always a huge success,” said centre manager Richard Toynbee.

“And it’s wonderful to be working with Artichoke to play a part in such a spectacular event which is helping to position Durham as a major cultural destination.

“The installation will provide an excellent opportunity for Prince Bishops to engage and interact with the public, targeting a diverse cross-section of people, all the while generating wider national and international interest and attracting visitors to the region.”

Other Lumiere supporters include Ramside Hall, Finbarrs, Oldfields and Bistro 21.

Lumiere will take place for four nights from Thursday to Sunday, November 14 to 17, and early details of the programme will be announced in June.

Terry Collins, corporate director of Neighbourhood Services, Durham County Council said: “I am extremely pleased to see the enthusiasm and support from the private sector for Lumiere, which has proven itself to be of very significant value to the county’s economy, generating an estimated £4.3million last time.

“I hope these companies will be the first of many to back the festival.”