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Lumiere Durham 2019: the countdown is on!

(17 October 2019)

The Cosmic Architecture projection, which is returning for 2019

The organisers of Lumiere have announced the full programme for this November’s light festival – read on for details!

About 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 can I see and do?

The full programme of 37 artworks includes a selection of favourites from previous festivals and a host of new commissions by international artists and fresh talent from the North East.

Highlights include a giant slinky, a piano-powered projection, a monumental snowdome and a fog sculpture cascading across the River Wear.

We’re hosting Cosmic Architecture, a light and sound installation featuring our Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics and inspired by the world-leading cosmology and astronomy research that takes place inside the Daniel Libeskind-designed building.

Also, For The Birds: a meditative and immersive journey through our Botanic Garden, with over 20 light and sound installations inspired by birds.

New for this year is Keys of Light¸ an interactive light installation which will see visitors play a grand piano and have their music visualised through dazzling projections onto the front of Rushford Court, home to our John Snow College.

We’re also looking forward to Lift Off, a projection onto Dunelm House – home to Durham Students’ Union; and the return of Fool’s Paradise, a fairytale projection onto Durham Castle, home to our University College.

The details…

Lumiere Durham 2019 is open each night from 4.30pm to 11pm. It is free to attend.

Twenty-six of the installations will be accessible without a ticket at all times.

A peak-time ticketing system will be in operation for access to the central Peninsula between 4.30pm and 7.30pm each evening. Free peak-time tickets will be available to collect in person (maximum six per person) from Monday 28 October from the Gala Theatre and libraries and leisure centres across County Durham. Some tickets will also be available online from Monday 28 October at

Could you help out at Lumiere?

To make Lumiere the best possible experience requires hundreds of friendly and enthusiastic volunteer Festival Makers. Maybe you could be one of them?

For more information, visit the Durham County Council Lumiere Festival Maker web page.