Durham gets a Stylish Illuminated Makeover
Written by Spark on 20th November 2017
Lumiere Light Festival returned to Durham for the fifth time last weekend (17th- 19th Nov), swathing the city in a resplendent display of dazzling lights.
Organised by Artichoke, a leading arts charity, Lumiere gathers a range of installations spread throughout the city, all designed by different artists.
Some of the most popular displays were Entre Les Rangs, which featured thousands of illuminated flowers in Durham Cathedral’s Cloister as a tribute to fields of wheat blowing in the wind. Domes and Arches was a firm favourite too; a stunning structure of arches decorated with thousands of LED lights, which added a festive look to Durham’s marketplace.
The event also included many interactive features, so you could get involved with the festival. Illumaphonium included 100 lightened bars, each of which played a different musical note, while Sagacity was activated by the most popular tweets with the hashtag #LumiereDurham.
As well as making the city look stunning, Lumiere also has a positive effect the local economy bringing in around £9 million, and has an estimated footfall of around 200,000 people.
“People are exploring the city and looking at these fabulous light installations, but they’re also seeing the businesses that are around and thinking Durham is somewhere that they need to explore,” says Adam Deathe, Business Engagement Manager at Durham BID. “Lumiere benefits businesses throughout the year, and not just during the delivery of the event itself.”
Lumiere can be viewed in London in January 2018, and it will be returning to the North East in 2019.