Durham Cathedral

The dates for Durham’s annual light festival, Lumiere, have been revealed as the 16th to 19th November.

Groups visiting the light festival will be able to see works by artists from around the globe. The light displays will illuminate the city in unexpected ways, in order to produce displays across the four night event.

Both familiar and forgotten features and spaces will be given what’s described as a new lease of life as they become the subject or backdrop for the light projections and artistic illuminations.

In 2015, Durham attracted around 200,000 people to Lumiere and its creative displays.

Highlights included a ‘whale’ in the river, cathedral displays and a projection of people climbing the viaduct.

Entry to the festival will be free. More details will be revealed about the event later in the year.

More about Lumiere

Lumiere is a light display produced by Artichoke, an arts charity that works with artists to take over public spaces, and put on elaborate displays and productions.

The display first came to Durham in 2009, initially as a one-off event, but due to its popularity, has been an every other year occurrence since.

The festival is reportedly the UK’s largest light festival. 

The light production has also taken place in London in previous years.

More for groups in Durham 

There is plenty for groups to do in Durham. A visit could include a trip to Raby Castle with more than 600 years of history or Auckland Castle which dates back to the 11th century.

Groups can also visit the Bowes Museum in the historic market town of Barnard Castle, which include numerous collections including artwork, porcelain, and fashion.

Also happening in Durham this year is Kynren – An Epic Tale of England – a production taking place in summer which will include light displays, music and drama.

For more information visit www.lumiere-festival.com/durham-2017/ or www.thisisdurham.com/whats-on/lumiere-durham-2017-p681601