Lumiere returns to Durham from 14 to 17 November with its 10th anniversary spectacular. Featuring highlights from past editions of the festival, alongside new, unique installations, Lumiere 2019 is set to turn Durham into a shining city of innovation and imagination.
Council and Lumiere producers Artichoke, want everyone to be part of the magic by offering people the chance to become volunteer Festival Makers.
Cllr Joy Allen, Cabinet member for transformation, culture and tourism, said: “Festival Makers are integral to the running of Lumiere. They are the face of the festival. They help with welcoming the thousands of visitors to the city and directing them to the many installations.
“For those who volunteer as Festival Makers, Lumiere provides an incredible opportunity to be part of a professional production and to gain valuable experience.”
Sixty-four-year-old Ann Ferguson volunteered for the last two Lumiere festivals and has no plans of stopping. She said: “I had been a visitor to Lumiere and thought it was outstanding. My role included supporting the thousands of people who come to the city, offering them a helping hand with directions to make sure they saw all the sights, and taking the odd snaps for people who wanted to cherish the moment.
“To anyone who is thinking of volunteering, I would say do not hesitate. Durham is a beautiful place and it is incredible to be a part of promoting the area. You get lots of support, and it is an experience you won’t forget. I cannot wait to be part of Lumiere 2019.”