A dazzling programme of spectacular light installations, artwork and events has officially been revealed ahead of this year’s Durham Lumiere.

The UK’s largest light festival returns to Durham for its fifth showing, from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 November, from 4:30 – 11:30pm each day.

The free festival is created by Artichoke, the UK's leading producers of art in the public realm, with 29 artworks and installations made using the medium of light, by artists from around the world. From dramatic installations, energetic projections and more contemplative works across Durham's buildings, streets and bridges, Lumiere will illuminate the city in delightful, unexpected and spectacular ways across the four nights.

A few previews from the full programme include:

The Umbrella Project by Cirque Bitjou

The Umbrella Project by Cirque Bijou -  A choreographed performance piece starring members of the local Durham community with LED umbrellas pop-up where you least expect it.
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Our Moon by Hannah Fox

Our Moon, an animation which will feature on the façade of Durham Castle – looks, smiles, blinks, twitches and frowns while observing the city and its people.
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The Common Good by Shared Space and Light

The Common Good by Shared Space & Light, will be projected onto the historic Miner’s Hall in Redhills, celebrating the role of Durham’s public service sector workers.
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Heron by John Voss

Heron by John Voss, an installation paying homage to one of England’s most magnificent birds, often seen along the banks of the River Wear.
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More information about this year’s installations can be found at the official Lumiere website >

If you are planning to stay a bit longer for this year’s Durham Lumiere, visit our accommodation page to find a variety of hotels and B&B’s throughout Durham.

Also the experienced, professional staff in Durham's official Visitor Contact Centre have excellent knowledge and are on hand to help you plan your visit, book accommodation and provide ideas for things to see and do during your stay.

Call: 03000 26 26 26
Email: visitor@thisisdurham.com
Text: ‘Visit’ and your enquiry to 80011
Calls are charged at a local rate, mobiles may vary. Texts - standard network charges apply.

A printed version of the programme will be available during the festival.

The festival is commissioned by Durham County Council, with additional support from Arts Council England, Durham University and a host of further funders and supporters.




  1. KevG
    The family are really excited to see the Lumiere. It would be great to have a map showing the location of the exhibits and whether the same car parking facilities exist this year.

    1. Durham
      Hi, We are all really excited to.

      To find out more please visit the official Lumiere website (http://www.lumiere-festival.com/durham-2017/), all of the installations are listed with a map of where they are situated. Also an official programme which contains a map will be available on the night.

      We would also recommend using the Park and Ride service the details can be found here (http://www.durham.gov.uk/article/6888/Use-our-Lumiere-Park-and-Ride-service), we hope you and your family have a lovely time.

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