What is Lumiere London 2018?
Each Lumiere festival invites international and local artists to create works that light buildings and public spaces, transforming cities across the UK and changing the way we think and feel about public space.
The first Lumiere light festival took place in Durham in 2009. Originally planned as a one-off, Artichoke has brought the event back to England’s north east every other year since, commissioned by Durham County Council. Lumiere has also travelled to other cities in the UK, including in 2013 when Lumiere Derry Londonderry was the finale to the first UK City of Culture celebrations.
In January 2016, Lumiere London came to the capital for the first time. Pedestrianising large parts of the West End – including Oxford Street, Regent Street and Piccadilly – and transforming Mayfair and King’s Cross, the festival brought more than one million visitors to the city over four nights.
Explore the Lumiere archive to find out more about past Lumiere festivals.
Lumiere is produced by Artichoke, the UK’s leading producer of outdoor art events.
Founded in 2005 by Helen Marriage and Nicky Webb, the company’s aim is to work with artists to create unique, large-scale experiences that appeal to the widest possible audience.
Artichoke’s projects take place outside of traditional arts venues, with previous projects including bringing central London to a standstill with The Sultan’s Elephant; broadcasting love poetry from illuminated tents along the coastline of the UK for Deborah Warner’s Peace Camp; and burning a 140m-long (460ft) model of 17th-century London on the Thames for London’s Burning, to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London.
Find out more on the Artichoke website.
Artichoke is a registered charity.