Durham Cathedral, County Durham

PUBLISHED: 10:57 12 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:28 20 February 2013

Image by Matthew Andrews

Image by Matthew Andrews

Atrocious weather couldn't dampen the enthusiasm of thousands of visitors who poured into Durham for Lumiere, a spectacular light and sound display

Durham Cathedral was transformed into a stunning canvas for the Lindisfarne Gospels for Lumiere, from November 12 to 15, a spectacular presentation in the great tradition of European festivals of light and sound.

The banks, bridges and weirs along a 1km stretch of the River Wear were illuminated, there were huge light sculptures based on drawings made by prisoners and torch-lit, fire-eating processions through the mediaeval streets of the city.

Artichoke presented Lumiere in partnership with Sky Arts. The festival boasted seven new commissions, and more than 50 leading British and international artists and performers.

In a brand new commission for Lumiere, projection artist Ross Ashton collaborated with composer and arranger Robert Ziegler and Imagination sound designer John delNero, to create a 12-minute son et lumiere. Drawing on the powerful history of Christianity in the North East of England, Ashton projected the elaborately-illustrated pages of the Lindisfarne Gospels across the entire 100m span of Durham Cathedral, interspersed with visual features from the Cathedral interior. Set to a sound-scape created by Ziegler and del Nero, the vast images presented an extraordinary spectacle.

Although blighted by heavy rain on the first two evening, Lumiere attracted thousands of visitors to the city.

Durham is bidding for UK City of Culture 2013.

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