Durham’s widespread landmarks and city streets might be remodeled once more when a preferred light festival returns.
Lumiere is set to happen from Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 November 2021 and can illuminate the city with works by native, nationwide and worldwide artists.
Organised by Durham County Council, the native authority hopes the announcement will elevate individuals’s spirits, whereas additionally highlighting the council’s ongoing dedication to championing cultural funding and the financial and social advantages it brings.
The announcement precedes a brand new on-line images exhibition, created by festival producers Artichoke, to mark a 12 months till the free light festival’s return.
Available at www.lumiere-festival.com from Wednesday November 18, the exhibition will function pictures of the individuals in the background who make Lumiere occur, displaying a aspect to the occasion that isn’t normally seen to the general public.
It additionally comes forward of the presentation of a report evaluating the success of final 12 months’s festival to the council’s Cabinet subsequent week.
Councillors will hear that the landmark tenth anniversary version of the festival constructed upon the constructive affect of the council’s sustained funding in cultural actions, boosting the economic system by £11.5m and creating unforgettable experiences for residents and guests.
While excessive climate situations affected the attendance numbers, turnout was nonetheless excessive at about 165,000 guests.
This consists of the one millionth customer for the reason that launch of the biennial occasion in 2009. Feedback from guests was as soon as once more constructive, with 87 per cent of these surveyed ranking the festival as both good or excellent and 96 per cent stating it was good for County Durham’s picture.
Next 12 months’s festival seems to be set to be equally inspiring, with Artichoke planning a spectacular programme of artworks and installations.
Highly skilled in producing outside occasions, the humanities charity will be certain that applicable measures are in place to guarantee audiences can benefit from the festival safely in accordance with any coronavirus tips in place.
Councillor Simon Henig, chief of Durham County Council, mentioned: “This 12 months has been extremely troublesome for individuals in County Durham and the world over.
“The affect of coronavirus on our communities has been profound and I feel we’re all in want of one thing to look ahead to in the mean time.
“By asserting Lumiere’s return subsequent 12 months, we hope to unfold a message of hope and show there may be light on the finish of the tunnel in these troublesome instances.
“As the analysis of final 12 months’s festival demonstrates, Lumiere additionally gives a major increase to our economic system, in addition to supporting artists and inventive companies from the UK and past.
“The most full latest figures show artistic industries contributed greater than £11bn to the UK economic system in 2018 and we anticipate the humanities will play an important position in our area’s restoration from the pandemic.
“Lumiere might be a significant a part of that and I’m delighted to announce its return.”
Community outreach is a vital a part of what makes Lumiere so particular.
Since 2009, greater than 10,000 native individuals, together with 1000’s of schoolchildren, have benefited from the festival’s studying and participation programmes, in addition to the numerous volunteering alternatives on provide.
Last 12 months boasted the largest group outreach programme to date, with greater than 2,000 individuals of all ages getting concerned, studying new expertise and having a good time in the method.
Among the numerous profitable actions that passed off was the Peterlee Apollo Project, which noticed the council fee Artichoke to produce a light set up to have fun the fiftieth anniversary of the Victor Pasmore’s iconic brutalist sculpture, the Apollo Pavilion.
The new on-line exhibition, created by photographer Matthew Andrews, is impressed by actions reminiscent of these, together with the work that goes on behind the scenes to deliver the installations to life. It is a celebration of everybody who contributes to Lumiere.
Helen Marriage, director of Artichoke, mentioned: “People are on the coronary heart of the festival. The artists, volunteers, manufacturing crew and naturally, the superb viewers are as a lot part of the magic because the artworks themselves.
“There’s no denying the affect that Covid-19 continues to have in the North East and throughout the UK.
“The return of Lumiere is a glance forward to brighter instances, and the festival might be as uplifting and stuffed with marvel as ever.”