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Durham's Lumiere festival to return for a 5th time

Dreamers was a partnership between Dyer Engineering and artist Elisa Artesero Credit: Durham County Council

The UKs largest light festival looks set to return to Durham for a fifth time next year.

Durham County Council’s Cabinet agreed to re-commission Artichoke to deliver another Lumiere festival in November 2017.

They've endorsed a commissioning fee of £600,000, with a further £500,000 promised by the Arts Council England.

The light and art show brings in more than £9.6million to the local area.

200,000 people turned out to see Durham City transformed by 29 artworks across four evenings between November 12 and 15 last year (2015)


Durham Lumiere lights up the city

Durham has been transformed by a series of light-based sculptures and installations as part of the UK's biggest light festival, Lumiere.

Twitter was flooded with photographs of the artwork.


Council buys Lumiere clock for permanent display

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.

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