ORGANISERS of the UK’s largest light festival are looking for volunteers to add sparkle to the event.

Durham County Council, which commissions the festival, and producers Artichoke, are searching for a crew of volunteers with a friendly personality and passion for the Lumiere.

They are encouraged to apply to be a Festival Maker, if they are over the age of 18 by Wednesday, November, 1.

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Roles include welcoming visitors to Durham City, helping them find their way around the installations and telling people about the artworks.

Volunteers could also be called on to assist in the running of the Festival Visitor Hub or offer practical help when needed, such as delivering items to production staff.

Kaye Stephenson, principal aquatics manager at the council, who volunteered for Lumiere in 2015: “It was great to play a role in a major event in Durham and see all the attractions from an inside point of view.

“Not only will it utilise your skills and knowledge, it will boost your confidence and self-esteem and also enhance your CV – and it’s great for networking and making friends.”

This year’s Festival Makers are supported by landlord and developer Thirteen.

Ian Wardle, chief executive of Thirteen, said: “Lumiere is such a major event in Durham, which highlights all that is good about the city, so we’re delighted to be supporting the amazing volunteers who give up their time to ensure that the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the festival have the very best experience.”

Volunteers will need to be available for at least two shifts of between four and seven-and-a half-hours during the festival, from Thursday, November 16, to Sunday November 19. To sign up to be a Festival Maker visit