Lumiere to light up Durham

A lights festival which attracts hundreds of thousands of people to Durham promises to have a lasting impact on communities throughout thanks to a substantial grant.

Artichoke, producers of Lumiere Durham, have announced that the Garfield Weston Foundation have once again pledged support for the 2019 edition of the light festival.

Lumiere Durham showcases the talented and forward-thinking companies based in the region and is acknowledged for sending out a clear message that Durham is very much open for business and is the ideal place to locate and grow a business.

The £90,000 grant will go towards the delivery of Artichoke’s year-round learning and participation programme within communities in the region, ensuring Lumiere has “a lasting impact beyond the four-day festival experience”.

Lumiere, commissioned by Durham County Council, with additional support from Arts Council England, will return from the November 14 to 17 November for its tenth anniversary edition.
Beyond the festival is an extensive programme of events, workshops and training experiences, which invite community groups, businesses and individuals from the region to take part in the creation of artworks, learn new skills and undertake professional development opportunities like traineeships and enhanced volunteering roles.

Philippa Charles, director of Garfield Weston Foundation, said: “The festival is an internationally-renowned cultural highlight, which has delighted and astounded audiences repeatedly over the last ten years. We’re proud support the festival in its endeavour to further the impact of the festival throughout the local community.”

There is still time to join Garfield Weston as a supporter of Lumiere 2019. Artichoke are still seeking sponsors for a range of initiatives including the Brillian commissioning scheme and Lumiere conference.