Lumiere 2019

Across four magical winter evenings from 14-17 November 2019, Durham City was once again transformed into a glittering art trail, as Lumiere returned with a special 10th anniversary edition. 

This special anniversary edition of Lumiere featured festival favourites such as Mysticète - the mesmerising 3D Baleen whale projection and the I Love Durham snowglobe in the Market Place, alongside exciting new commissions and community projects. And for the the very first time visitors were able to download a Lumiere app, which was full of ideas on things to see, do and eat, an interactive festival map, and special offers. 

The largest light festival in the UK saw hundreds of thousands of visitors enjoy 37 dramatic light art installations across Durham City, bringing the number of people who have enjoyed the festival since it began in 2009 at just over one million.

Lasting Lumiere Legacies

In Millennium Place, Helevetictoc by Swiss jazz drummer turned software engineer, Tobie Langel projects the time in words as a permanent public clock. The installation first appeared in the city during Lumiere 2011 and 2015. The clock uses language in an iconic typeface to recall a pre-smartphone era of asking strangers for the time.

In 2016 Lightbench by German artist Bernd Spiecker was installed at Freeman's Quay, just down the steps from the Gala Theatre. The colour-changing benches featured in Lumiere 2015 are lit by hundreds of LEDs, reinventing the notion of public seating. 

And in 2018 the latest legacy piece from Lumiere 2017 was unveiled - Heron by artist Jon Voss. Located on the banks of the River Wear near Freeman's Quay. The installation was designed as a homage to one of England's most magnificent birds, many of which are often spotted along the banks of the river in Durham City. 

Lumiere Durham permanent artwork on display in Durham City

Image L-R: Heron by artist Jon Voss - photo by Paul Norris. Lightbenches by artist Bernd Spiecker and Helevetictoc by Tobie Langel - photos by Matthew Andrews. 
Lumiere is produced by leading arts charity Artichoke and commissioned by Durham County Council with additional support from Arts Council England.

Lumiere is just one of the many wonderful things you can enjoy this winter in Durham.

Why not stay a little longer and explore more of what Durham has to offer? From stylish spa hotels and friendly B&Bs, to cosy cottages and scenic campsites, you'll find the perfect place to stay. You'll also be spoilt for choice of where to explore, from award-winning attractions and exciting activities, to tempting places to eat and opportunities for some retail therapy. And for incredible scenery, head to the Durham Dales or Durham Heritage Coast and explore on two feet or two wheels for views that will take your breath away.

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