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Could you help out at Lumiere?

(26 June 2019)

We’re proud to be a major partner for Lumiere, the UK’s biggest light festival, which is returning to Durham in November.

We’re making a major cash contribution and partnering with the Lumiere organisers across cultural activity, logistics, and volunteering.

To make Lumiere the best possible experience requires hundreds of friendly and enthusiastic volunteer Festival Makers. At the last Lumiere in 2017, over 300 volunteers helped out; and this year it could be even more.

Many of our staff and students will be among the Festival Makers. Maybe you could join them?

What is a Festival Maker?

Festival Makers welcome visitors, help them find their way around and give advice on enjoying the festival.

They tell people about the light art installations, help run the Festival Visitor Hub, and offer practical help to the Lumiere production team.

Who are we looking for?

Volunteers should be at least 18 years old, friendly, and passionate about Lumiere.

No previous experience is necessary.

What commitment is required?

Lumiere runs across four evenings – Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 November.

Festival Makers will need to be available for at least two shifts of between four and seven-and-a-half hours during this period.

You will also need to attend a couple of meetings beforehand.

What’s in it for you?

Be part of something big: over 240,000 people visited Lumiere 2017.

Be in the know – be among the first to learn about plans for Lumiere.

Go behind the scenes – learn first-hand how a major arts event is run.

Add to your CV – build on your skills and experience.

You can also choose to enrol on an accredited course to achieve a ‘Me and My Community Volunteer’ award. You will need about 15 hours available for study.

How to sign up…

Visit the Durham County Council Lumiere Festival Maker web page.

Supporting volunteering

We encourage our staff and students to be positive citizens, and enable them to volunteer for good causes and local charities.

We offer our staff up to five days per year to volunteer in work time; and run over 80 student volunteering projects, involving more than 2,000 students.

In total, our staff and students volunteer for over 40,000 hours per year.

It’s part of our work to support our local community and make a positive impact.