DURHAM is to host an international conference on urban lighting during a four day festival from November 13-16.

The Lighting Urban Community International is having its annual conference during Lumiere, Durham’s biennial light festival.

Around 150 delegates from all over the world are expected to attend the event.

Councillor Bill Kellett, chairman of Durham County Council and Mayor of Durham City, said: “Durham has a great story to tell and we are delighted to welcome the LUCI network in November.

“We are making great strides in realising the potential of light to transform our city and change perceptions of Durham as a place.

“Lumiere, the UK’s largest light festival, attracts hundreds of thousands to our city and generates millions for our local economy.

“We are using sustainable lighting to celebrate our unique history and heritage and to drive economic growth and job creation.”

Mary-Ann Schreurs, President of LUCI and Vice Mayor of Eindhoven in Holland, said: “We are very happy to hold the LUCI Annual General Meeting 2017 in beautiful Durham, where so many aspects of light in the city converge, making it the perfect setting for this important LUCI gathering.

“I would like to thank Durham County Council for hosting the LUCI AGM and giving us this opportunity to discover this great ‘Place of Light’ together with Lumiere – one of the leading light festivals in Europe.”