Durham’s LUMIERE

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In the day it looks like this. Get a completely different perspective after dark.

Later this month the Lumiere returns to Durham with a wave of installations and projections to illuminate the city’s buildings, streets and bridges.

This is only the third time that Durham has had its Lumiere but the four evening event has became a big attraction for the city.

Running from November 14th for just a few days, local and international artists, lighting designers, and community groups will display a breath-taking series of light works. This year’s festival will see artworks sprawling right across the city in a sprinkle of winter magic.

The light creations include an interactive model of the sun exactly 100 million times smaller than the real thing; Elephantastic, a giant 3D promenading elephant, and French artist duo Atsara will fill the nave of Durham Cathedral and the gardens behind it with a glittering and hypnotic installation of dancing sparks and shafts of light resembling fireflies appearing and disappearing into the dark.

The 3D web app invites visitors to create their own Lumiere light sequence on their PC, laptop, smartphone, or tablet. Users can select from over 70 iconic Lumiere light patterns and choose their order and movement, before applying their unique light sequence onto a virtual 3D model of Durham Cathedral, together with a choice of soundtracks. Users’ Lumiere videos are then available to share across social media with family and friends.

A ticketing system for the central area only is in operation during peak hours of 4.30pm-7.30pm. Tickets are not needed for the rest of the festival. Visitors without tickets are advised to arrive after 7.30pm, when they will be free to visit the whole festival, or to visit the many artworks situated outside the central area first.

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