Lighting up Lumiere with sponsorship

Keyframes on the Durham Miners' Hall, illuminated stickmen dancing to a soundtrack performed by one of Durham's Brass Bands.'Durham Lumiere festival 2014

Keyframes on the Durham Miners' Hall, illuminated stickmen dancing to a soundtrack performed by one of Durham's Brass Bands.'Durham Lumiere festival 2014

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ORGANISERS of Durham’s Lumiere festival are looking for sponsors for next year’s event.

Durham County Council has agreed to add £600,000 to the £500,000 from Arts Council England to try and make sure a fourth Lumiere can go ahead in 2015.

Alongside the council, creative events firm Artichoke is continuing its fund-raising efforts to secure the extra £600,000 to deliver the festival.

Helen Marriage, director of Artichoke said: “When we brought Lumiere to Durham for the first time in 2009, little did we know that it would become a fixture in the region, and be making the economic impact that it does.

“We are thrilled at the prospect of coming back to Durham in 2015, and of having the opportunity to renew old relationships and create new ones.

“The £1.1million pledged by Durham County Council and Arts Council England sets us well on the way to raising the total budget of £1.7million required to bring Lumiere to Durham in 2015.”

Council leader Simon Henig, said: “Lumiere has put Durham firmly on the world map and has become our signature event.

“Having benefited from working with Artichoke to deliver three Lumiere festivals in Durham now, it is clear that the economic boost is consistent and significant.

For further information please contact Anna Vinegrad, annavinegrad@gmail.com, 0781 3808 487.