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Lumiere Durham 2017 conference announced

(20 September 2017)

Mysticète, Top’là Design, Catherine Garret, Lumiere Durham 2015. Produced by Artichoke. Photo by Matthew Andrews

Durham University Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart Corbridge will be among the speakers at a conference to coincide with Lumiere 2017.

Lumiere, the UK’s largest light festival will return to Durham from the 16th – 19th November 2017 with a spectacular programme of light installations illuminating the city.

The one-day conference will take place during the festival on Friday 17th November, at Durham’s Gala Theatre, when Lumiere organisers Artichoke invites people to join them to explore and question Who are we and where are we headed?

Tickets priced £35, concessions £15, are available via this link.

Visionary and renowned speakers

Durham University is a major sponsor of Lumiere 2017, through a cash investment of £100,000 and as a significant delivery partner in the areas of investment, research, education, staff capacity and expertise, and cultural activity.

Professor Corbridge is part of a line-up of visionary and renowned speakers who will consider the big conversations of today and the looming questions of tomorrow.

From fields spanning experimental physics to architecture and education to theatre, they will share their experiences, expertise and opinions on ideas about our changing world.

Other speakers will include Tony Heaton OBE, Founder of NDACA (National Disability Arts Collection and Archive) and Chief Executive of Shape, a disability led arts organisation working to provide opportunities and support for disabled artists; Judith Knight MBE, Founder and co-director, Artsadmin, an organisation which supports and produces the work of contemporary artists and companies working across all artistic disciplines; and The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham.

Leading cultural voices

Alongside leading cultural voices from the creative sector, including Anuradha Henriques, Founder and Editor of Skin Deep, a multimedia platform that amplifies voices of colour through the discussion of race and culture; Noeline Kavanagh, Artistic Director of Macnas, an internationally acclaimed theatre company staging ground breaking and award winning performances for festivals and communities around the world and Selina Nwulu, a poet, writer and campaigner who will read poems in response to the conference theme and create a new work especially for the day.

The conference will be hosted by Artichoke in association with Durham County Council and supported by the European Commission.

Who are we and where are we headed? builds on the success of Light, Art, the Universe and Everything in 2015 and the Art Means Business conference in 2013, both of which set the bar for a rich and vibrant conversation between experts and pioneers from the arts and urban planning, government, tourism and big business.

The 2015 conference, inspired by UNESCO’s International Year of Light, brought together international speakers including Sir Peter Bazalgette, chair of Arts Council England; Professor Carlos Frenk, Director of Durham University’s Institute for Computational Cosmology and San Francisco-based activist artist and architect Deanna VanBuren.

Cultural commitment

Lumiere is produced by arts charity Artichoke, the UK’sleading creative producer of art in the public realm and is commissioned by Durham County Council, with additional support from Arts Council England, Durham University and a host of further funders and supporters.

Commenting on his participation in the conference, Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor of Durham University, said: “Lumiere is a highlight of Durham’s calendar and something that the University is very proud to support as part of our cultural commitment to the City and North East England.

“The Lumiere conference is a tremendous opportunity to engage people in the key issues facing our world today by looking at them from a host of different perspectives and I very much look forward to taking part.”

“Truly eye-opening”

Helen Marriage, Artichoke Director, said:“Following the success of the 2015 conference, the international Lumiere conference has become an integral and much-anticipated fixture in the festival programme. I am very excited about this year’s event and hearing how this fantastic line-up of speakers will respond to questions around the future of our cities and the impact of culture in regeneration. By inviting speakers from across the board, from near and far, the cultural to the scientific, we promise the conference will be a truly eye-opening day.”

Councillor Simon Henig, Leader of Durham County Council, said:“Lumiere showcases our city in so many ways, encouraging everyone to see it in a whole new light. From its extensive community outreach programme to its illuminating conference its appeal is truly diverse. We are delighted to be partnering Artichoke once again to host a world class event and another ground-breaking conference.”

Christine Dalby, Acting Head of Representation of the European Commission, said:“It is a great pleasure for the European Commission Representation in the UK to be involved once again with Lumiere, this time supporting the festival conference. The diverse panel of speakers and interesting subject matter will make for a very lively and pertinent discussion around the role of culture in a changing world. The work of all the artists at the festival and the speaker line-up demonstrates the continuing strength of the creative sector, not just in the UK but across Europe.”

Homepage and news item image credit: Mysticète, Top’là Design, Catherine Garret, Lumiere Durham 2015. Produced by Artichoke. Photo by Matthew Andrews.

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