Neon balloon dogs, an interactive forest, a fire garden and a dreamworld created by Derry schoolchildren are some of the lightworks announced today as part of LUMIERE, the spectacular light festival which will be one of the closing events for the City of Culture celebrations.
Creative company Artichoke, best known in Northern Ireland for last year’s Peace Camp, were in Derry yesterday to give a first taste of their plans for Lumiere, which will take place over four night from November 28 - December 1 turning the entire city into a giant outdoor art gallery.
Lumiere will transform familiar city landmarks, buildings, hidden spaces, parks and waterways into a magical nocturnal landscape of artworks made from light that sets out to amaze, delight, and stop people in their tracks.
The festival will feature a mix of high profile artist commissions, international and local artists and designers, as well as community initiatives. Artichoke are already working closely with local groups to ensure the active participation of diverse communities. As part of its lasting legacy, the wider ambition of the festival is to use the temporary transformation of the public space to enable people to see the city in new ways.
To give a flavour of what is to come, Artichoke announced three projects by international artists, together with five winners of the BRILLIANT competition. The full festival programme will be kept tightly under wraps until the autumn.
International artists announced today include French fire alchemists Compagnie Carabosse, digital mapping specialists Ocubo from Portugal, and the Paris-based Irish artist duo, Cleary Connolly.
Lumiere has been commissioned by Culture Company and is supported by Northern Ireland Electricity.