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Image: For the Birds, Jonny Easterby – Collective of Artists. Produced by Artichoke. Photo by Matthew Andrews 

As winter sets in, Durham once again becomes the Place of Light as the world-renowned festival Lumiere returns to the city for its tenth anniversary, transforming Durham into a city-wide outdoor gallery of light installations and artwork from Thursday 14th-Sunday 17th November.

Lumiere will see favourite artworks from previous years return, as well as new commissions from international artists. Fujiko Nakaya’s iconic Fogscape #03238, created for Lumiere 2015 returns, with the installation creating a dramatic fog overflowing into the River Wear, plus there’s another chance to see Jacques Rival’s glittering snow globe I Love Durham and NOVAK’s fairytale village Fool’s Paradise, at Durham Castle. New artworks include Lucy McDonald’s piece End Over End, a supersized slinky which takes over Milburngate and will illuminate the installation in rainbow colours; Tigrelab Art’s Stones is a shape-shifting video-mapped projection on Durham’s iconic Cathedral; Deepa Mann-Kler’s balloon dog sculptures Neon Dogs are certain to delight; 150 illuminated shoes will be strung along Durham’s streets in the playful Shoefiti and Squidsoup’s extraordinary immersive work Wave comes direct from Nevada’s Burning Man festival.

Much of Lumiere’s appeal lies in its community-focused outlook. Following an open call earlier this year, the installation Keys of Light has been co-created by local pianists performing their favourite songs; Mick Stephenson’s The Friendship Tree is a celebration of worldwide friendships, as pupils from Parkside Academy  in Willington and Tübingen in Germany contributed, with the installation celebrating 50 years of Durham being twinned Tübingen; and female prisoners at HMP Low Newton have collaborated with poet Hannah Jane Walker to create The Next Page, a message for the future displayed in neon at Clayport Library.

Access to Lumiere is free, although tickets are required during busy peak times for some installations. With much more on offer, Lumiere once again provides a real highlight of the region’s artistic calendar.

Lumiere takes place across Durham from Thursday 14th-Sunday 17th November

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