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Transforming cities across the UK, for each Lumiere festival Artichoke invites international artists to create works that light buildings and public spaces, changing the way that we think and feel.

The first Lumiere light festival took place in Durham in 2009. Originally planned as a one off, with the support of Durham County Council and other sponsors, producers Artichoke have brought the event back to the North East every other year since.

In 2015, a record 200,000 visitors came to the event enjoying a ‘whale’ in the River Wear, mysterious rolling fog, and an interactive projection onto the inner roof of Durham Cathedral.

There are always opportunities for local people to get involved in the festival, from applying to the BRILLIANT competition with an idea for a light work, or being part of installations like Asalto Durham where green screen technology was used to make individuals appear to ‘climb’ over Durham Viaduct. Artists also created work with the County’s prison population from 2009 – 2013