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Welcome to Durham University at Lumiere 2021

As a major partner in the UK’s largest light festival, we are excited to share our wonderful buildings and their incredible installations with you. Join us over the course of the festival to view some of the most ambitious, inspiring and thought-provoking art we have ever hosted. Enjoy!

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Lumiere news articles from across the university.

Innovative research showcased at enlightening new event

Dr Paul Chazot, from our Department of Biosciences, will be taking part in the inaugural Bright Ideas Gathering, on Saturday 20 November.
Image of Dr Paul Chazot, Lumiere Bright Ideas Gathering

In conversation with Kayo Chingonyi

Prize winning writer Kayo Chingonyi, an Assistant Professor in our Department of English Studies, ells us about his involvement in Lumiere.
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Researching the fundamentals of time

As part of this year’s Lumiere light festival our Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics will be lit-up with a projection entitled 'Chronos'.
Image showing rendering of Chronos by Leslie Epsztein and Camille Gross, a new commission that will be presented at Lumiere 2021

First peek at what to expect as full programme is announced

The full programme for Lumiere 2021 has been revealed. With 39 installations this promises to be an ambitious, inspiring and thought-provoking event.
Durham market place lit up with a carousel lights display for Lumiere 2017



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Proudly made in Durham, Lumiere is set to illuminate the city again for four nights with a programme that extends beyond the city into the wider county for the first time ever.    





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Past Lumiere

Durham University has provided a stage for incredible installations for Lumiere for many previous festivals. Take a look at past events and the awe-inspiring art across our buildings.

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