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International students help grow Lumiere Friendship Tree

(24 September 2019)

Children at Wearhead Primary School with their Friendship Tree messages

We’re proud to welcome staff and students from right across the world. We believe this diversity enhances our University community and benefits our local communities, too.

So we’re very pleased that some of our international students will be writing messages for a Friendship Tree being created as part of the Lumiere light festival.

What is Lumiere?

Lumiere is the UK’s largest light festival.

A special tenth anniversary edition will take place in Durham from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 November.

The festival is produced by Artichoke, commissioned by Durham County Council and we’re a major partner.

What is the Friendship Tree?

A man-made tree with over 2,000 recycled bottles hanging from its branches – each containing messages and illustrations.

There will be messages from local school children and some of our international students.

It’s been commissioned by Durham County Council and is being created by local artist Mick Stephenson.

You can see it at Lumiere in November.

More about Lumiere Durham 2019

Further details about the festival programme will be revealed nearer the time.