Companies that helped create the Lumiere festival in Durham are putting on a business reception in Westminster to showcase their work to MPs.
Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson has helped set it up as a way of trying to bring Research and Development investment to the North East.
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.
The clock should be in place in the city's Millennium Square early in 2014, subject to a planning application.
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.
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.
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.
Organisers of Lumiere 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.
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.
This year's festival will be held from 14th - 17th November.
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.
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.