Lumiere: £1million grant could see Durham light festival return in 2015 and 2017

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A LIGHT spectacular could shine again thanks to a £1million grant from the Arts Council.

Lumiere brought in an estimated 175,000 people into Durham City over four nights last November, and was said to be worth at least £5million to the economy – but doubts were cast whether it would return.

However, the Arts Council has pledged £1.245million to help stage the event in 2015 and 2017.

Although the cash boost is no guarantee Lumiere will return, Durham County Council is expected to make its own commitment soon, paving the way for producers Artichoke to start seeking other funding.

Jane Tarr, the Arts Council’s director north, said: “Lumiere has a really strong track record in attracting exciting international artists.

“It’s fantastic work creatively and 175,000 people came to see it last time from all parts of the country, and all walks of life.”

Council leader Simon Henig, added: “This is a huge vote of confidence in Lumiere, which has a proven track record in bringing very significant economic benefits to our county and the North East. I would like to thank Arts Council England.”

The grants were announced in the same round of funding that saw the future of Sunderland’s National Glass Centre guaranteed until 2018, after it shared £1million with the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (NGCA) in Fawcett Street.