Lumiere 'a spectacular success'

Published Monday, 02 December 2013
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Organisers of Derry~Londonderry's Lumiere have hailed the event "a spectacular success" with an estimated 179,000 visitors flocking to the festival over four nights.

Lumiere 'a spectacular success'
Lumiere is part of the 2013 UK City of Culture celebrations. (© Martin McKeown)

Billed as the final huge celebration for the 2013 UK City of Culture year, Lumiere saw a number of the city's prominent landmarks transformed into illuminated multi-coloured artworks.

Produced by leading arts company Artichoke, seventeen different artists created the unique light installations which included neon balloon dogs, an interactive forest, a fire garden and a dreamworld created by local schoolchildren.

Artichoke's co-director Helen Marriage said producing the event in Derry~Londonderry had been "an extraordinary experience".

She added: "It has been a joy to see the fruit of all the hard work over the last eighteen months. The atmosphere in the city during the festival has been incredible.

"Producing an event with seventeen separate art projects anywhere is an enormous challenge, and all the more so, when no-one quite knows what to expect. I think everyone has been surprised and delighted by the experience of rediscovering the city in this way."

Organisers have said Lumiere's biggest draw on the Waterside was Fire Garden by Compagnie Carabosse.

The people of Derry~Londonderry have embraced Lumiere with open arms. Their response has far exceeded our expectations and we've loved every minute of it

Helen Marriage , Artichoke's co-director

Originally planned to run for just three of the four nights, the installation was extended to Sunday night due to popular demand after Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister Caral Ni Chuilin provided the necessary extra funding.

On the Cityside, Novak's stunning animation Voyage for Austins Department Store in the Diamond drew applause from the crowd after each cycle.

Culture Company Executive Programmer Graeme Farrow said: "Lumiere worked on every level - it showed the city in the best possible light, it allowed both locals and visitors to see it afresh, and it invited people to take part.

"I always believed that it could provide the perfect finale to the year and it was everything we hoped for.

Derry City Mayor Cllr. Martin Reilly added: "Lumiere has been a spectacular event, the jewel in the crown in a string of successful events in the City of Culture calendar, and one that we will all remember for a very long time.

© UTV News
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