Countdown to Durham’s fourth Lumiere festival is underway

The Crown of Light at Durham Cathedral during last year's Lumiere festival.
The Crown of Light at Durham Cathedral during last year's Lumiere festival.
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The countdown has begun as festival organisers prepare to flick the switch and power up 28 artworks across a city.

Lumiere will run for four nights in Durham from Thursday, November 12, as it makes its fourth return.

The teams behind the celebration have urged people to make plans to ensure their visit is trouble-free, with tens of thousands of people expected to attend.

Festival-goers have been urged to travel light and leave umbrellas and pets at home.

Accessing many of the artworks with buggies will also be difficult, leading bosses to advise people to not take them, and have said people should wrap up warm, wear walking shoes and take waterproofs.

Tickets have been issued to those who want to see the artworks inside the city centre between 4.30pm and 7.30pm each evening, but 20 can be seen beyond the hub, from the gardens outside the crown court and Old Shire Hall in Old Elvet, to Durham Sixth Form Centre on the Framwellgate Waterside.

Helen Marriage, director of Artichoke, which has been commissioned to put on the festival by Durham County Council, said: “Coming back to Durham each time with a new Lumiere programme presents plenty of challenges.

“With this fourth Lumiere festival, I think the Artichoke team has managed to pull off something extraordinary – works by international artists made especially for the city sit alongside works made by and with local people.

“I’m really looking forward to being back and seeing the reaction.”

More details about the festival, including its programme and information about transport and parking, can be found via