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Lumiere Durham 2017

Lumiere has become a landmark event in the cultural calendar of North East England and is recognised around the world as a “must-see” on the international light festival circuit.

The UK’s largest light festival, will return to Durham for the fifth time between 16 - 19 November 2017, and the first iconic locations to be featured in the spectacular have been revealed.

Durham Cathedral, Durham Castle and the historic Miner’s Hall at Redhills will be focal points for the festival, which will see around 30 awe-inspiring light sculptures and installations illuminating the city.

Leading international artists such as Pablo Valbuena and Hannah Fox, as well as the British artistic collective Shared Space and Light are set to respond to the city’s unique locations for their art.

Working closely with communities on each of their projects, Pablo has drawn from the Bell Major of Durham Cathedral and bell-ringing communities from across the country as inspiration. His piece, called ‘Methods,’ will be performed nightly by bell-ringing teams from around the UK.

Meanwhile, Hannah Fox’s work ‘Our Moon’ comes to Durham Castle, bringing the faces of local people from all walks of life to the landmark. At the Miners’ Hall at Redhills, Common Good are presenting a powerful and touching piece of 3D video work, set to reveal the inner life of the city through anecdotes, stories and 70 participants from the community.

When is Lumiere Durham 2017?

Save the date: 16 - 19 November 2017.

Full programme

The full programme has been announced and a list of the installations for Lumiere 2017 can be found here.

For more information read our Lumiere blog post, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up to our e-newsletter for the latest Lumiere news.

Best places to stay for Lumiere...

Staying in the heart of Durham City would be your best option in terms of proximity to Lumiere, but accommodation does get booked up quickly. Take a look through these 70 places to stay in Durham City, visit our main accommodation page for more options, or call 03000 262626 for help and advice on where to stay.

Have you seen the new permanent light in Durham City...

A new permanent art installation was added to Durham City's lansdcape at the end of 2016. "Lightbench" by bernard Spiecker is a permanent reminder of Lumiere 2015.

You can see the colour-changing benches in the Freeman's Quay development just down the steps from the Gala Theatre.

Lightbenches by Bernd Spiecker for LBO-Lichtbankobjekte installed at the new Freeman's Quay development photo Lee Dobson

Lightbenches by Bernd Spiecker for LBO-Lichtbankobjekte installed at the new Freeman's Quay development (photo Lee Dobson)

Lumiere is produced by leading arts charity Artichoke and commissioned by Durham County Council with additional support from Arts Council England.

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