THOUSANDS of people packed out Durham over the weekend to enjoy dozens of light installations as part of this year’s Lumiere festival.

The city was busy for the four-night festival.

Among the highlights were the the projections on Durham Cathedral and The Froggs, a Gallic rock’n’roll band made up of LED figures, which was installed in the Market Place.

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Children and adults alike also had the chance to interact with some of the art, with an illuminated interactive musical sculpture in Walkergate and the chance to paint the town in multicolour at The Riverwalk.

For the first time, the festival also featured installations across County Durham. 

Cllr Amanda Hopgood, Leader of Durham County Council, said: “The atmosphere in County Durham this weekend has been truly magical, and I hope all those who attended Lumiere had a brilliant time.

"It’s been wonderful to see family and friends together again, making memories and enjoying the breath-taking installations both in Durham City and, for the first time, at locations across the county.

“I especially enjoyed seeing the installations produced in collaboration with schools and community groups. I can only imagine what it must have been like for those involved in these projects to see their creations lit up as part of a world-class event.

“Lumiere demonstrates the scale of our cultural ambitions and is why we believe County Durham’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2025 is so strong. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to make it happen this year.”

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