Councils commission Artichoke to create LUMIERE light festivals in 2013

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Creative company Artichoke has been commissioned to produce two LUMIERE light festivals in 2013. The company will produce consecutive festivals in Durham and Derry-Londonderry next November.

Durham County Council has re-commissioned Artichoke to produce a third LUMIERE festival for Durham, following two successful editions in 2009 and 2011. LUMIERE in Durham will take place over four nights from November 14-17, 2013.

Artichoke has also been invited to stage LUMIERE as the closing event for Derry-Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013. LUMIERE in Derry will take place over four nights from November 28 until December 1, 2013.

Artichoke is known for its ground-breaking, large-scale, creative productions, which include The Sultan’s Elephant (2006), La Princesse (2007), Antony Gormley’s One & Other (2009), LUMIERE (2009, 2011) and Deborah Warner’s Peace Camp (2012).

In 2011, LUMIERE in Durham attracted 150,000 visitors to see the city transformed by artworks including an illuminated waterfall over the River Wear, a giant Snowdome encasing an equestrian statue, and an other-worldly fire garden inside Durham Cathedral. The spectacular success of LUMIERE in 2011 was estimated by independent researchers to have brought economic benefits worth £4.3m.

For 2013, the LUMIERE festivals in Durham and Derry will each be individually curated and programmed, with a mix of high profile artist commissions, local and community initiatives. Artists working in the medium of light in its many forms will be invited to use the cities as their canvas. Artichoke will work with local communities in Derry and Durham to achieve a lasting legacy. Programme details for each festival will be revealed next year.

Nicky Webb, co-director of Artichoke said: 
“We are absolutely delighted to have been re-commissioned by Durham County Council to create the third LUMIERE for Durham. And we are thrilled to have been invited to create LUMIERE as the finale for Derry-Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013. Both are wonderfully interesting cities whose architecture and topography lend themselves perfectly to an innovative and exciting festival like this. We believe that these events have the potential not only to temporarily transform these cities, but also to give residents and visitors a joyful and unifying shared experience they will remember forever.”

Image: Matthew Andrews