5:40 pm, Sun 01 Dec 2013
One of the art installations in this year's Lumiere Festival in Durham will become a permanent fixture. Durham County Council has bought the Helvetictoc clock, which tells the time in quirky ways, for £10,000.
Helvetictoc tells the time in conversational language
Credit: Steve Drew/PA Archive
The clock should be in place in the city's Millennium Square early in 2014, subject to a planning application.
6:48 pm, Mon 25 Nov 2013
Lumiere cost shops money
Durham County Council has apologised to traders who lost thousands of pounds because of Lumiere, the light festival which attracted tens of thousands of people.
Shops and businesses on Elvet Bridge say customers were diverted away from the area at one of their busiest times of year.
Lucy Taylor reports.
2:15 pm, Mon 25 Nov 2013
Lumiere cost shops money
Shops and bars on Elvet Bridge in Durham said
Lumiere cost them thousands of pounds in trade, despite attracting 175,000 people to the city over four days.
The light festival included a giant 3D elephant projected over the River Wear. However, while it was installed and taken down, roads were closed and shoppers diverted away from the area.
The Oxfam bookshop and boutique were two shops affected. Their manager, Michael Ridsdale, said the two shops lost £2,500 in one week before the light festival had even begun.
12:08 pm, Thu 14 Nov 2013
Durham taxi protest
Organisers claim the Lumiere festival will bring millions of pounds into the Durham economy but taxi drivers say that comes at a price. They protested along North Road this morning.
Adrian Fetts, Chairman of Durham Independent Taxi Association, says drivers are angry that they will have limited access to the city this weekend.
5:00 am, Wed 02 Oct 2013
Lumiere Festival in Durham
will unveil the programme for this year's festival at a launch later. The festival, described as a "celebration of light" is held over four days and places art displays and installations around the city. Lumiere in Durham
The last time it was held, in November 2011, it was seen by 150,000 people and brought in £4.3m to the local economy.
Durham Cathedral was lit up outside and in for the last Lumiere in 2011
Credit: Steve Drew/PA Wire
This year's festival will be held from 14th - 17th November.
11:14 am, Wed 18 Sep 2013
Durham's Lumiere festival has attracted new funding from Arts Council England. They have awarded two grants of £150,000 and £99,000 to Lumiere 2013 as part of the festival under its Grants for the Arts programme.
6:14 pm, Wed 10 Jul 2013
Organisers of the Lumiere event in Durham have commissioned 30 works for this year's event. It will be held between 14th and 17th November and will start at the earlier time of 4.30pm.
Urban Escape, Benedetto Bufalino
Artist impression - Consumerist Christmas Tree, Luz Interruptus
Infinity Pool, Stephen Newby
Sanctuary, Sarah Blood
Artist impression - Stained Glass Cars, Twist Design
2:57 pm, Wed 10 Jul 2013
Organisers of Durham's Lumiere festival have revealed they have commissioned 30 new works for the event.
Lumiere was launched in 2009 and returned again in 2011.
The festival sees the centre of Durham lit up with artwork and will be running this year from 14th - 17th November.
40,000 people are expected to pass through the city centre each day of the event.
To tackle congestion problems experienced in 2011, the event will open earlier at 4.30pm and be ticket only until 7.30pm.
Local businesses will have passes for anyone who has to enter the centre for other reasons.
The gates will be removed at 7.30pm and people can then enter freely.
Visitors are being encouraged to use the city's 'Park and ride' and artwork will be featured in the areas where people will be waiting for public transport.
The one-way system rule is also being abolished this year.