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Lumiere to set Durham alight in November

Durham's iconic landmarks including Durham cathedral, Durham Castle and the historic Miners' Hall at Redhills are the first locations to be announced in this sneak preview of the programme for the fifth edition of Lumiere, the UK's largest light festival, which returns to Durham, 16th-19th November 2017.

Lumiere is produced by arts charity Artichoke, the UK's leading creative producer of art in the public realm and is commissioned by Durham County Council, with additional support from Arts Council England, Durham University and a host of further funders and supporters.

Artists Pablo Valbuena (Spain), Hannah Fox (UK) and Shared Space and Light (UK) will respinf to these unique locations with bold and captivating new work, created in collaboration with a broad range of people, from Durham Catherdral's bellringers to the hidden heroes of the public sector.


Pablo Valbuena will present Methods, a new work that will transform the interior and exterior of Durham;s iconic cathedral. Methods is inspired bu the 17th century art of change ringing, the form of ringing bells in a series od numerical sequences which creates striking tonal effects. This specially commissioned installation will visualise these patterns of change ringing in light across the entire cathedral building, dividing the cathedral into ten segments. one for each bell. the spatial sections will be highlighted in accordance with the sound of the bells, projecting a synergy of sound and visual time based patterns onto both the interior and exterior of the cathedral.

The work features a remarkable collaboration with Durham Cathedra;'s Bell Major, Christopher Crabtree, and the Durham Cathedral Bell team, who together with Pablo havve developed the score. The piece will draw on the familiar sounds and percussive rhythms of church bells up and down the country and will be performed live nightly during th edestival by bellringing teams from around the UK.

Supported by Sevcon


The faces of local people from all walks of life are at the heart of a new work by the British artist, Hannah Fox. 'Our Moon' will be projected onto the walls of Durham Castle, one if the city's most famous landmarks. Created with the participation of 66 people aged from 5 to 78 and recruited by Durham Area Action Partnership, he whole spectrum of community will be represented from the young to the toung at heart. The unique facial characteristics of these volunteers were captured digitally and will inform and animate Fox' delicate hand drawn illustrarion which will illuminate the castle over the four nights of the festival.

Supported by EMG Solicitors and Durham AAP


Common Good is a powerful and touching 3D video workl that will put Durham's public service sector workers on centre stage, revealing the inner life of the citym uncovering the stories, anecdotes and individuals who interacts with us, the public, on a daily basis. Featuring cameos with 70 participants from fire fighters and refuse collectors to teachers and police officers, the piece will be projected onto the facade of the historic Miners' Hall at Redhills. The installation wil celebrate the extraordinary work of these everyday heroes and draw atention to the wider impact of their work on the community at large.

Giving a voice to those who can sometimes fo unheard, Common Good will light up the city with stories of Durham's hidden heroes. The work is created by the artist collective, Shared Space and Light who presented ‘Home Sweet Home’, a video work featuring local residents and their homes which was projected onto a terraced house at Lumiere in 2015.

Supported by County Durham Housing Group and Prince Bishops Homes.

Lumiere has gone from strength to strength since the first Durham festival in 2009. In 2015, the festival attracted a record number of visitors with audiences of over 200,000 attending and generated an overall economic impact for the region of £10.3m.

Durham holds a unique place as the birthplace of Lumiere. Local people and communities have become central to the story of the festival, providing both the inspiration and context for many of the artworks. In 2015, more than 2000 local people, young people and children across the city and the region took part in learning and participation activities in the leadup to and during the festival, through schools workshops, volunteering, and contributing to the creation of several artworks.

The full programme for Lumiere 2017 will be announced on 16th October. As in previous years, the central Peninsula area will be ticketed nightly between the peak hours of 4.30 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 availabe from 17th October at council outlets around Durham County. Please see website for further details.

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