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First artists announced for Durham Lumiere festival 2023

World-renowned artists have been announced for the Lumiere festival set to light up Durham once more this autumn

The biennial festival returns for the four nights this November with a host of stunning light art displays from leading artists on display in the city.

Organisers have today (July 20) revealed the first five artists to exhibit their work this year.

More than one million people have attended the festival since it first landed in Durham 14 years go, with 270 bold installations showcased so far.

The event is totally free for spectators and is organised by art producers Artichoke alongside Durham County Council, the Arts Council England and Durham University.

The city will be transformed into a nocturnal art experience with spectacular light installations by artists including Ai Weiwei, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Chila Burman, Yinka Ilori and Daniel Canogar.

The full schedule is set to be announced later this year with peak-time tickets released on October 4.

Helen Marriage, organiser Artichoke’s Artistic Director said: “We are always determined to reimagine and reinvent something familiar into something new. We’ve worked with the people of Durham for fifteen years and constantly marvel at the city’s willingness to facilitate the wildest imaginings of our cohort of artists.

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