Lumiere light festival to return to Durham in 2015

'Solar Equation' over Durham University during Lumiere 2013 Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

Lumiere, the light festival, will return to Durham for the fourth time in 2015.

The four-day event attracted 175,000 people the last time it was held in 2013. Highlights included a 3D projection of a walking elephant, which was installed over the Elvet Bridge.

Organisers estimated that it brought in £5.8m in economic benefits, with 20% of visitors travelling from outside the North East (just over half came from within County Durham).

  • Call for local ideas

Sanctuary, by local artist Sarah Blood, was commissioned in 2013 Credit: Matthew Andrews

This year, organisers Artichoke are asking people living in, or originally from, the North East to submit their ideas for artwork using the medium of light.

No experience is necessary and previous winners have included a teacher and a builder. Pieces will be funded and supported by the organisers.

The competition is called BRILLIANT. For full details see the Artichoke website: The deadline is midday on 23rd February.

This statue was turned into a snow globe during Lumiere 2011 Credit: Steve Drew/PA

This year's Lumiere festival will take place between 12-15th November. It is commissioned by Durham County Council with funding from Arts Council England and sponsors.