The largest light festival in the UK will brighten up the winter nights with a spectacular array of colourful lights and dazzling displays. Iconic landmarks such as Durham Cathedral, Durham Castle and the historic Miners’ Hall at Redhills will be lit up, illuminating Durham’s history and heritage.

The sparkling festival is put together by arts charity Artichoke with the help of a team of sponsors who contribute to the £2million funding for the event. The displays have been created by esteemed artists from all over the world to bring something special and unique to Durham city centre.

Durham Cathedral will be transformed by Pablo Valbuena’s vision Methods. The interior and exterior of the Cathedral will represent the 17th century art of change using bells; the synergy of sound and projecting patterns of light across the entire cathedral. Bell ringers from all over the globe will pop down to ring the bells in the Cathedral.

Our Moon by the brilliant Hannah Fox will represent the faces of local people from all walks of life.

The expressions of 66 people from the ages of 5 to 78 will be projected onto the castle in the face of a moon to represent the whole spectrum of the Durham community.

The Miners’ Hall at Redhills will host Common Good where the city will be lit up with the stories of Durham’s hidden heroes. Up to 70 everyday heroes will share stories of their bravery in the community.

Lumiere is a spectacular way to brighten up the dark nights this winter.

We’ve put together eight amazing reasons for you to head  to Durham and explore the impressive artwork and displays.

8 reasons to love Lumiere >>

1. Global reach. Artists from all over the world have created the beautiful displays that shine brightly all over Durham. Hailing from the UK, Canada, Sweden, the Netherlands and many more, each artist has created a display unique to Durham city centre.

LUMIERE2. Year after year displays get even bigger, brighter and more impressive. Real fire, surprise flash mobs with lighted umbrellas and hand-crafted installations will take your breath away.

3. Interactive installations mean you can step into the fun. Anonymous lets you perform by stepping into a glowing white cube where your dance will be anonymously projected on the Gala Theatre.

4. Tech-tastic. Tweet #LumiereDurham to share how the festival makes you feel. Your emotion will light up on a Periodic Table that has the emotions as the elements.

5. It is free, so you can enjoy a night with friends and family without a hefty price tag! Observe, interact, explore and enjoy in the company of your best buddies.

6. The festival celebrates the community surrounding it within their installations and inspirations.

7. Put the limelight on local businesses and support them by popping down for a local pub lunch, restaurant dinner or hot chocolate in one of Durham’s bustling cafes.

8. Get up close with Durham’s  awe-inspiring historical heritage and see the city’s most impressive landmarks become luminous artworks.