Our Cultural Contribution
The University and its culture related activities play a crucial role in making Durham an attractive place to study, work, live, visit and investBiGGAR Economics
Case Study: Lumiere
Commissioned by Durham County Council and produced by Artichoke, the first Lumiere took place in 2009. Originally planned as a one-off, it has since grown into the UK's largest light festival. Lumiere 2015 attracted 200,000 people over four nights, generating nearly £10 million for the local economy.
Durham University is a key part of the festival, making its buildings and spaces available for events and displays and contributing to the wonderful art on show.
In 2015, cutting-edge simulations of deep space produced by Professors Carlos Frenk and Richard Bower, from the University’s world-leading Institute for Computational Cosmology, formed part of the World Machine, a stunning light display projected onto Durham Cathedral.