AS Durham Lumiere moves closer to returning this week, we look back in the archive of some of the best moments of the event from years past. 

The Lumiere started in 2009 as a five-day extravaganza, and, over the years, has grown from strength to strength. 

From seeing designs including the 3D Baleen Whale, a snow globe and the Lindisfarne Gospels projected onto Durham Cathedral, visitors have been wowed during the last seven Lumiere event.

Read more: Durham Lumiere: Met Office reveals forecast for Durham City event

This year, people travelling to the City of Durham can look forward to 37 stunning designs, including interactive and colourful installations. 

The 2021 edition will also extend into the wider county for the first time this year, as more people are expected to visit the ever-popular light trail.

From 2009 until present day, here are some of our favourite moments of Durham Luimiere so far: 

The Northern Echo: The unforgettable whale design at Lumiere 2019. The design also appeared at the 20-15 edition too. The unforgettable whale design at Lumiere 2019. The design also appeared at the 20-15 edition too.

The Northern Echo: Crown of Light at Durham Cathedral from the 2013 Durham Lumiere festival.Crown of Light at Durham Cathedral from the 2013 Durham Lumiere festival.

The Northern Echo: Consumerist Christmas Tree at the Prince Bishops Shopping Centre from the 2013 Durham Lumiere festival.Consumerist Christmas Tree at the Prince Bishops Shopping Centre from the 2013 Durham Lumiere festival.

The Northern Echo: People enjoying the lantern parade ahead of the opening to the 2011 Lumiere light festival.People enjoying the lantern parade ahead of the opening to the 2011 Lumiere light festival.

The Northern Echo: 2019’s impressive Lumiere snow globe with the ‘I Love Durham’ sign. 2019’s impressive Lumiere snow globe with the ‘I Love Durham’ sign.

The Northern Echo: Spirit in the cloisters at Durham Cathedral during the 2011 Lumiere light festival.Spirit in the cloisters at Durham Cathedral during the 2011 Lumiere light festival.

The Northern Echo: Litre of Light from the 2013 Durham Lumiere festival.Litre of Light from the 2013 Durham Lumiere festival.

The Northern Echo: Colourful umbrellas light up the streets in Durham in 2017, as crowds of people enjoy themselves.. Colourful umbrellas light up the streets in Durham in 2017, as crowds of people enjoy themselves..

The Northern Echo: A solar addition to 2015's Lumiere event at Durham University's science building. A solar addition to 2015's Lumiere event at Durham University's science building.

The Northern Echo: The mind-bending Cosmic Architecture exhibit at Durham Lumiere 2017. The mind-bending Cosmic Architecture exhibit at Durham Lumiere 2017.

The Northern Echo: Les Voyageurs on South Bailey during the 2011 Lumiere light festival.Les Voyageurs on South Bailey during the 2011 Lumiere light festival.

The Northern Echo: Durham's watercourse got a makeover in 2017 to include an impressive white light centre-piece.Durham's watercourse got a makeover in 2017 to include an impressive white light centre-piece.

The Northern Echo: One of the Robin Reliant stained glass windows designed by artists Matt Sayle and Stuart Langley from Twist Design.One of the Robin Reliant stained glass windows designed by artists Matt Sayle and Stuart Langley from Twist Design.

The Northern Echo: A general view of Durham Cathedral and the River Wear during the Lumiere light display in 2009.A general view of Durham Cathedral and the River Wear during the Lumiere light display in 2009.

The Northern Echo: A face of the moon is projected onto Durham Cathedral to wow the crowds that made the journey to the Lumiere.A face of the moon is projected onto Durham Cathedral to wow the crowds that made the journey to the Lumiere.

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