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Lumiere Durham Conference 2017: Who are we and where are we headed?

17th November 2017, 09:00 to 16:30, Gala Theatre, Durham

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. This one-day conference, exploring the question Who are we and where are we headed? will take place during the festival.

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

Among the speakers will be Durham University Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart Corbridge; 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.

Also featured are 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 groundbreaking 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.

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

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