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Your chance to be part of Lumiere, at our John Snow College

(17 July 2019)

Keys of Light by Mr.Beam, Lumina Festival in Cascais. Photograph by OCUBO

We’re proud to be sponsoring Lumiere, the UK’s largest light festival, when it returns to Durham in November 2019, and we’re very excited to announce we’ll be hosting an innovative installation at one of our Colleges.

Lumiere’s got talent: introducing Keys of Light

Keys of Light is an interactive light installation by Dutch artist Mr.Beam, which will see visitors play a grand piano and have their music visualised through dazzling projections.

Each note played will trigger an animation onto the front of Rushford Court, off North Road, which from summer 2019 will be home to our own John Snow College.

Our John Snow College staff and students are keen to develop good relations with their neighbours once they move in to Rushford Court this summer, and hosting Keys of Light will be an exciting and creative way for the whole community to spend time together.

We look forward to giving Lumiere visitors a warm welcome.

Your chance to be part of Lumiere

Lumiere producers Artichoke are inviting pianists to apply for ten-minute playing slots on the grand piano. 

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of Lumiere, show off your talent and be part of a live artwork.

All genres of music are welcome.

To apply, email: with your contact information and which pieces you would like to play.

Tell me more about Lumiere Durham 2019

The festival is commissioned by Durham County Council and will be a special tenth anniversary edition, featuring around 30 bespoke installations from local talent and internationally-acclaimed artists.

It will run over four evenings, from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 November, and will be free to attend.

We think we have much in common with Lumiere: it’s inspiring, innovative, and exciting; it brings many visitors to Durham, makes a significant contribution to the economy, and helps raise the profile of our City and region nationally and internationally. So we’re proud to be a major partner: making a major cash contribution and supporting cultural activity, volunteering and logistics.

Keys of Light is the first installation to be publicly announced. Further details about the festival programme will be revealed nearer the time.