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Lumiere Festival Programmes announced this week

Date uploaded: October 7, 2013

Artichoke have unveiled the full programmes of both Lumiere festivals in Durham and Derry~Londonderry
Lumiere Durham: 14th - 17th November
Lumiere Derry~Londonderry: 28th November - 1st December

Lumiere will weave a nocturnal art trail through both Durham and Derry~Londonderry, highlighting their architecture, inviting the audience to explore the urban landscape, challenging how we think about and use public space.

From the most simple intervention to the latest technology, the festival celebrates the myriad ways that international and local artists and designers use light in their practice.

Artichoke's Artistic Director Helen Marriage said: “From the awe-inspiring, to the contemplative to the simple, the fun and the quirky, Lumiere is about transformation... it invites you to do what you might not normally do – to wander about the city in the dark and feel okay about it; to discover things, feelings and places you didn’t know existed. Lumiere is about changing the way people think about the city and what is possible.”

Lumiere 2013 Programme

Each festival has been individually curated and the programmes have been directly influenced by the histories and communities of each city.

Projects announced for Lumiere in Derry~Londonderry include Novak’s breathtaking 4D projection on Austins Department Store; French sculptor Cédric Le Borgne’s magical life-size figures suspended over the Peace Bridge; and Tim Etchells' simple neon aphorism recalling Derry's shirt-making heritage. Ocubo are working with 120 Derry schoolchildren to transform the Ebington clock-tower in Twice Upon a Time, and the festival also includes Hiroshima Peace Prize winner Krzysztof Wodiczko’s thought-provoking projection which will roam the city. From the Fountain to the Bogside, and from Ebrington to the city Walls, Lumiere will reach the parts of the city other festivals don't reach. 

The programme for Lumiere in Durham includes a spectacular interactive model of the sun exactly 100 million times smaller than the real thing, by eminent artist Rafael Lozano- Hemmer and Gina Czarnecki's beautiful new work featuring the human eye. There will also be Elephantastic, a giant 3D promenading elephant by French design studio Top’là, and Glasgow artist and former Turner Prize nominee Nathan Coley’s word sculpture A Place Beyond Belief, based on testimony from 9/11. It's also the final opportunity to see Ross Ashton's son-et-lumiere Crown of Light projected onto the Cathedral walls.

Click here for the full festival programmes.

Click here to view the festival trailer.