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Volunteers at Lumiere

In just a few short weeks Durham will host Lumiere, the biennial light festival that sees thousands of visitors enjoy captivating light installations across the city. Why not volunteer as a Festival Maker at this unique event and help make Lumiere 2021 as magical as possible?

What is Lumiere?

For those readers who are new to Durham, Lumiere is one of the UK’s largest light festivals which will run over four nights from 18-21 November. It turns the city into a living art gallery and past years have seen everything from a giant snow-globe in the Market Place to the mysteries of the cosmos illuminated on the Cathedral.

Durham University is a major partner in the festival and will be hosting installations on three of our buildings.

Join in and go behind the scenes

The festival requires a small army of volunteers, known as Festival Makers, to help it run smoothly and it is a great opportunity to get involved in something truly memorable.

If you are enthusiastic, friendly, excited about Lumiere and over 18 then being a Festival Maker is a great way to get involved and go behind-the-scenes of this extraordinary event.

What is involved?

Festival Makers take on lots of different roles from welcoming visitors and helping them find their way, to telling people about the installations and helping run the Festival Visitor Hub.

You will need to be available for at least two shifts of between 4-7.5 hours across the four evenings of the festival. There will also be a couple of meetings beforehand and there may be some volunteer opportunities in the run up to the event as well.

Supporting our community and culture

Lumiere is just one example of our commitment to supporting community, culture, creativity and heritage in our region.

We actively encourage our staff and students to undertake voluntary work, such as opportunities like the Lumiere Festival Makers, and we’re proud of the work that they do to make a positive contribution to our community.

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