Derry-Londonderry approaches UK City of Culture 2013 climax with Lumiere light-up

By Culture24 Reporter | 02 December 2013

Usually seen in Durham, the spectacular Lumiere festival illuminated Derry-Londonderry for four days in a glowing start to the city's final month as the UK City of Culture

A photo of an illuminated giant looking over a darkened field
The Travellers, or Les Voyageurs, made an impression on the Peace Bridge, above the River Foyle, in a set of illuminated figures made by French artist Cedric Le Borgne for Lumiere© Photo: Cathal McNaughton
From Waterside to Cityside and the Bogside to the Fountain, Lumiere – envisaged as “the jewel in the crown” of the closing weeks of Derry-Londonderry’s time as City of Culture – included a deserted musical fairground, Fête, from Lumiere’s usual spectacular in Durham.

The rest of the 17 works were unique to this episode. Teenage Kicks, an Undertones-inspired 30-metre sign by Deepa Mann-Kler, was visible across the city in its place on the towering BT building, while the Edwardian Austins building was wrapped in Voyage, an audio-visual projection by Novak, who have previously worked with dance arena-fillers Disclosure and Calvin Harris.

“Derry-Londonderry is a very special city with its own landscape and characteristics, and because of that we decided to do something very different here,” said Helen Marriage, the director of arts company Artichoke, which organised this fluorescent festival.

“Several of the artworks are completely new installations that have been commissioned from local and international artists especially for the city.

"It is a festival for the people of the city by the people of the city. We’ve tried to find a way to give everyone a voice.”

More than 175,000 people visited the festival in Durham last month.

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A photo of a light beaming over a darkened city
The Empty Plinth, Holywell Trust and the Nerve Centre (2013)© Photo: Chris Hill
A photo of figures lit up red in an illuminated landscape near a cathedral
Daan Roosegaarde, Marbles© Photo: Chris Hill
A photo of various lit up animal figures within a stone landscape
Deepa Mann-Kler, Neon Dogs© Photo: Chris Hill
A photo of children hanging around a landscape lit up by various lights and crafts
Compagnie Carabosse's Fire Garden featured thousands of burning lanterns, simmering braziers and extraordinary fire sculptures© Photo: Chris Hill
A photo of green illuminations within a darkened city where people are milling around
RMS Design, Grove of Oaks© Photo: Martin McKeown /
A photo from a river showing a city at night covered in bright illuminations
The Twice Upon a Time projection on the Clock Tower at Ebrrington Square - an imaginary world created by 120 local children with Portuguese company Ocubo© Photo: Martin McKeown /
A photo of people making shadows against light illuminations within a darkened landscape
Daan Roosegaarde, Marbles© Photo: Chris Hill
A photo of the words a stitch in time lit up by lights above a darkened city
A Stitch In Time, by Tim Etchells, in LED lights on the former Rosemount Shirt Factory© Photo: Martin McKeown /
A photo of an illuminated giant suspended by wires from a bridge above a city river
One of The Travellers, by Cedric Le Borgne, suspended over the River Foyle© Photo: Martin McKeown /
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