Locations revealed for this year’s Lumiere spectacular in Durham

A previous Lumiere at Durham Cathedral
A previous Lumiere at Durham Cathedral
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It’s been announced which Durham landmarks will be lit up for this year’s Lumiere spectacular.

Durham Cathedral, Durham Castle and the historic Miners’ Hall at Redhills are the first locations to be announced for Lumiere, which returns to the historic city for the fifth year from November 16-19.

The UK’s largest light festival will once again attract artists from around the world, as well as tens of thousands of visitors.

In total, there will be more than 40 awe-inspiring light sculptures and installations illuminating the city’s buildings and public spaces.

Leading artists such as, Pablo Valbuena from Spain, Hannah Fox from the UK and the artistic collective, Shared Space and Light from the UK will respond to Durham’s unique locations for their art works.

The artists have worked closely with communities on these projects, with Pablo drawing upon the Bell Major of Durham Cathedral and bellringing communities through the UK for his inspiration.

The piece, titled Methods, will be installed at the cathedral and will draw on the familiar sounds and percussive rhythms of church bells up and down the country and will be performed live nightly during the festival by bellringing teams from around the UK.

Meanwhile, Hannah has worked with 66 people from the local area aged five to 78. The resulting Our Moon artwork will be projected onto the walls of Durham Castle and will feature the unique facial characteristics of the volunteers which were captured digitally and then hand-drawn by Hannah.

At the Miners’ Hall, Common Good by Shared Space and Light will celebrate the everyday heroes who contribute to daily life in the city. The art collective have worked closely with 70 public sector participants, ranging from fire fighters and refuse collectors to teachers and police officers.

Lumiere is produced by arts charity Artichoke, and is commissioned by Durham County Council, with additional support from Arts Council England, Durham University and a host of further funders and supporters.

Simon Henig, leader of Durham County Council, said: “The community outreach work which is central to Lumiere is something we are particularly proud of. “It ensures that people across our county and from all backgrounds and age groups are touched by what is a truly world class event.”

The full programme for Lumiere 2017 will be announced on October 16.

As in previous years, the central peninsula area will be ticketed nightly between the peak hours of 4.30pm and 7.30pm to help manage the large numbers expected and ensure a more comfortable audience experience.

The rest of the festival outside the central peninsula area will be accessible to visit at any time without a ticket and everyone will be able to enter the central peninsula area without a ticket after 7.30pm.

Tickets will be available from October 17 at council outlets around Durham County.