Anticipation for Lumiere festival grows in Durham

A sneak preview of the 2017 Lumiere festival of light was revealed by celebrated artist Pablo Valbuena at a special event held at Durham Cathedral.


The developers behind Milburngate are long-term supporters of Lumiere. In 2013 they helped transform Milburngate House into a visual jukebox and two years later they hosted Cloud, an interactive sculpture built from 6,000 incandescent light bulbs. In addition, Allan Cook, Managing Director of Arlington Real Estate, a key partner in the Milburngate development consortium, is also chair of the Lumiere development board.

Taking place between the 16th and 19th November 2017, Lumiere will be back in Durham for the fifth time, when artists from around the world will illuminate the city in delightful and unexpected ways, with a series of light installations to explore.

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The Spanish artist will transform the inside of the cathedral with a special and unique light installation, which he discussed with guests at a reception to mark the launch of Durham Cathedral’s Fabric Endowment Campaign.  

Held in the cathedral’s Chapter Room, the event on 11 July welcomed Lumiere sponsors and dignitaries to celebrate the return of the festival and find out about the campaign to maintain Durham Cathedral. 

One of Durham City’s landmark events, Lumiere transforms the city into a giant gallery featuring dramatic light installations attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors.  Produced by the creative company Artichoke, the four-day festival will feature around 30 bespoke installations from internationally recognised artists.