18 November 2009

LUMIERE: 75,000 visitors flock to Durham for Spectacular Winter Festival of Light

Commissioned artists and technical suppliers Hi-Lights are celebrating the great success of Lumiere after producers Artichoke announced today that it would become a biennial event in Durham, after the spectacular success of the festival which took place over four consecutive nights, 12th - 15th November.

At least 75,000 people thronged the city's streets during the festival, filling the city's restaurants and cafes, trains and buses, and every available parking space. Staged as part of Durham's bid for UK capital of culture in 2013, Lumiere is the largest festival of its kind to take place in the UK, and included no less than seven new commissions and more than 50 UK and international artists.

Hi-Lights created a series of installations for some of Durham's architectural gems which included the Viaduct, Shire Hall, Marketplace and Cathedral. They also supplied and installed technical equipment for installations by FIELD, Speirs and Major Associates, Air Vag, Tae Gon Kim and Quidams.

Simon Henig, Leader of Durham County Council said: "Lumiere has been a spectacular success for Durham. We are delighted that Artichoke agreed to work with us and we are now talking to them about a biennial festival of light, one that would continue to forge links with artists and communities throughout the county, up to and including 2013″.

Scott Rowland, General Manager of Hi-Lights said: "We were really delighted to have been involved with Lumiere in Durham. Our great working relationship with Helen Marriage, Artistic Director of Artichoke and local co-producer David Bilton of dgb events made the whole event a pleasure and a great success".

Durham County Council, in partnership with the University and the Cathedral, is rightly proud of its historic cultural heritage with the world renowned World Heritage Site. All Durham's institutions are backing the city's bid to win the newly designated UK City of Culture for 2013.

Lumiere forms part of North East England's world-class programme of festivals and events, developed by culture10. Supported by Durham County Council, Lumiere is also a measure of Durham's scale of commitment to developing the city's cultural offering for its communities and visitors, underlined by the recent announcement of its intention to bid to be the first UK City of Culture in 2013.