Excitement is building ahead of the return of Durham’s Lumiere festival this November, and this year the festival is coming to Bishop Auckland for the first time. 

The UK’s light art biennial will transform locations across Durham City and Bishop Auckland from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 November.

The 2023 Lumiere programme, the most ambitious yet, includes 16 new commissions and seven UK debuts, ranging from local North East artists, schools and communities, as well as global artists prominent in the light art movement from 15 different countries.

The festival is commissioned and funded by Durham County Council, and produced by leading arts producers Artichoke.

For the first time this year, historic Bishop Auckland town centre will be part of the festival programme, with it providing the setting for four works. ‘Spotlight on Bishop Auckland’ is produced in partnership with The Auckland Project and supported by the Stronger Towns Fund.

Auckland Tower and the Spanish Gallery will both be illuminated as part of this year’s festival.

Spotlight on Bishop Auckland is produced in partnership with The Auckland Project and supported by Stronger Towns Fund.

Lumiere in Durham City runs from 4:30pm to 11pm each night and at Bishop Auckland from 5pm to 10pm. Tickets are only required to enter Durham City centre during peak hours between 4:30pm and 7:30pm. Everyone can enjoy Lumiere across the city without a ticket after this time.

Tickets are not required for Bishop Auckland at any time.

This FREE event with free parking can also be accessed using the warm and comfortable rail service on the Bishop Line. Remember the last train from Bishop Auckland to Darlington and Middlesbrough leaves at 21:26.

For full details of the programme and for further information on how to enjoy the festival, visit https://www.lumiere-festival.com/