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Durham's Lumiere Festival: full details revealed

Lumiere festival goers will be treated to some spectacular installations Photo:

The full programme of artworks, installations and events for Durham’s fifth Lumiere - the UK’s largest light festival - have been revealed.

Lumiere runs from Thursday 16 - Sunday 19 November.

Free to attend, the festival will light up the city of Durham with 29 artworks and installations by artists from around the world.

Lumiere will illuminate the city in delightful, unexpected and spectacular ways across the four nights.

Festival visitors are encouraged to explore the dazzling night-time spectacle on foot, whether discovering the city for the first time or seeing familiar sights in a new light. It attracted 200,000 visitors in 2015.

This year’s programme has a strong international element once again, with artists from around the world including from the United States and Canada, Spain, Holland, Sweden and Finland.


Running through the heart of the city, the River Wear is a pivotal Durham landmark. Ralf Westerhof, a Netherlands-based artist known for his hanging wire sculptures resembling hand-drawn illustrations has created a large-scale installation shaped to look like a typical Dutch-style canal home. Drawn in Light, which will hang over the river beside the Elvet Bridge, rotating elegantly, twisting and turning to create a new city within a city.

In contrast to the natural beauty of the river and its surroundings, Frequencies created by Finnish artist Kari Kola will use a bespoke soundscape and captivating light to transform the riverside and South Bailey into a dreamlike wonderland.

Adam Frelin’s simple yet effective White Line will trace the natural curve of the river. The light of the fluorescent fixtures strangely similar to moonlight will gently cast highlights and shadows altering the space around it.

For more information on the full programme of events, click here