Keyframes by Groupe Laps

Keyframes by Groupe Laps. Photo by E. Artesero

Yesterday we drove from Manchester to Durham to see the light spectacular that is Durham Lumiere festival, probably one of the most prominent light festivals currently in the UK.

Its popularity showed, as thousands upon thousands of people were walking around Durham’s streets in search of the series of light-based art installations spread across the city.

We did not have reserved tickets for the central portion of the trail, so had to explore the outer pieces first. This worked out well as there seemed to be many queues for the central part, and had we started there first we might not have had time to go around the outer pieces.

Platonic Spin by Nathaniel Rackowe. Photo by E.Artesero

Platonic Spin by Nathaniel Rackowe. Photo by E.Artesero

Favourite pieces on the outer part were ‘Keyframes’ by Groupe Laps, a large collection of illuminated stickmen climbing the former Durham Miners’ Hall. Platonic Spin by Nathaniel Rackowe was a lovely patterned light sculpture going through sequences which drew out the space into lines and rectangles floating in the gardens.

[M]ondes by Atsara. Photo by E.Artesero

[M]ondes by Atsara. Photo by E.Artesero

The long wait to get in to the central part of the festival was worth it however, particularly for the illusory ‘[M]ondes’ by Atsara at the Cathedral Nave and The College. Lights like fireflies flitted across the gardens in a beautiful dance and hypnotic concentric circles and other projections formed the space into something quiet but magical.

Well worth a visit, but be prepared for crowds as the festival will only grow in popularity!