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As one of Durham’s most spectacular and popular outdoor events – and the UK’s largest light festival – this year’s Lumiere festival, taking place in November, is once again gearing up to see the city transformed into a spectacular display of artistic light. Producers Artichoke are hoping to top last year’s celebrations within the cathedral city, drawing inspiration from the fact that 2015 is UNESCO’s Year of Light. With the programme of events being official announced in mid-September the group have revealed the agenda for this year’s conference, Light Art The Universe and Everything.

The conference, taking place on Friday 13th November, aims to explore how light an change the world through science, the arts, spirituality and public spaces. Thanks to patronage from UNESCO, the day is bringing together experts and pioneers working in medicine, culture, technology, architecture, religion and education from both near and (very) afar to look at the ways in which light can be used to help the globe. Chaired by BBC economics editor Stephanie Flanders, there will be a host of speakers taking part in the event, including writer and broadcaster Rosie Boycott, brain cancer researcher Dr Jim Olson and social activist Thabang Skwambane. From revolutionising medicine and bringing light to communities to communities without electricity to creating monumental feats of art, the conference is set to be truly illuminating.

The Lumiere Conference takes place at the Gala Theatre, Durham on Friday 13th November.


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