WATCH: Crowds flock to Durham for the spectacular Lumiere festival

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Crowds flocked to Durham City last night to be enchanted by this year’s Lumiere festival.

Rolling fog across the Wear and a 3D whale were just some of the illuminating attractions that people marvelled at as some of the world’s most eminent artists showcased their talents around the city.

The interactive Cloud was one of the most popular attractions for youngsters.

The interactive Cloud was one of the most popular attractions for youngsters.

Highlights include Fogscape #03238, created by Fujiko Nakaya, which snakes its way around the trees beneath Durham Cathedral, and Catherine Garret’s 3D whale, Mysticète.

Colourful images of the cosmos were also projected onto the cathedral as part of The World Machine.

Now in its fourth year, Lumiere runs until Sunday night.

Helen Marriage, director of organisers Artichoke, said: “I’m so excited to put this new Lumiere programme in front of Durham’s discerning audiences.

Crowds enjoy Les Lumineoles at the Durham Lumiere Festival 2015.

Crowds enjoy Les Lumineoles at the Durham Lumiere Festival 2015.

“This is the fourth time we’ve brought Lumiere to Durham, and each time we try to innovate and bring new parts of this glorious city into the festival.

“Artists both local and international delight in the opportunities of working with such extraordinary architecture and landscape.”

Council leader Coun Simon Henig added: “We look forward to welcoming everyone to our beautiful city and to them seeing it in a whole new light.

“Only Artichoke could arrange a whale in the Wear and bring the history of the universe to life at Durham’s spectacular Cathedral.”

These two ladies didn't mind the cold at the opening of the Durham Lumiere Festival 2015.

These two ladies didn't mind the cold at the opening of the Durham Lumiere Festival 2015.

The streets of Durham were lit up for the Durham Lumiere Festival 2015.

The streets of Durham were lit up for the Durham Lumiere Festival 2015.

Les Lumineoles were a popular attraction at the Lumiere Festival of Light.

Les Lumineoles were a popular attraction at the Lumiere Festival of Light.

The interactive sculpture Cloud gets youngsters get into the spirit of the Durham Lumiere Light Festival 2015.

The interactive sculpture Cloud gets youngsters get into the spirit of the Durham Lumiere Light Festival 2015.

Durham Lumiere Light Festival 2015

Durham Lumiere Light Festival 2015

Another stunning light display at the 2015 Durham Lumiere Festival.

Another stunning light display at the 2015 Durham Lumiere Festival.