Lumiere 2013

Every two years for the past six years Durham has played host to Lumiere; a festival of light. The previous two events I have been unfortunate enough to miss but this year I eagerly anticipated its arrival. For four days, well nights, the streets of Durham became lit up by the magical lights of the Lumiere. Although I didn’t get to see all of the exhibitions it was still a great event. My favourite by far was Durham cathedral onto which the Lindisfarne gospels were projected to music.

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There was also a lifesize elephant walking down Elvet Bridge…

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Four cars full of fake flowers demonstrating the effects of global warming…

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A telephone box full of fish…

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Stick figures dancing on the old Miner’s Dance Hall on North Road…

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A cardboard brass band playing at County Hall…

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A clock telling the time in the vaguest of ways…

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And a HUGE music system projected onto the side of the passport office. Spectators could tweet their song choice to the lumiere dj and it would get played. As it played the lights would move in time to the music.

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