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Lumiere: the UKs largest light festival comes to Durham!

We all know Durham is renowned for its antiquity and culture; the beautiful cathedral city has a mixture of mining and farming heritage, with its economy being historically based on coal and iron excavation. Traditional architecture is represented through the UNESCO designated heritage sites, Durham Castle and Durham Cathedral, and the university is the third oldest in the country.

Sounds quite ye olde, right? However, don’t be fooled by its intimidating credentials; the city has become something of an artistic pioneer, championing ambitious creative projects that showcase new talent and the city itself.

This November (between the 12th and 15th), is the turn of Lumiere, the UKs largest light festival! The event is hosted by Artichoke, a company that works with artists and public spaces to create some of the most sensational shows at the forefront of the creative scene. Lumiere was first commissioned in Durham in 2009, and returns once every other year. The 2013 festival saw 175,000 visitors attend and 27 jaw dropping installations were featured across the city, including a huge 3D elephant and an army of moving stick men who overran the Durham Miners Hall!
This year the programme is sure to be bigger and better with shows such as “The Big Dome”, which draws audiences to bask underneath specially designed coloured archways, and “Complex Meshes”, an interactive web of patterned light that continuously changes in unison with peoples movements.

To avoid disappointment, make sure to book tickets for the event and accommodation early. Find out more about the festival at To book accommodation visit, email or call 0132 532 9600.

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