Monday, 13 November

19:00    Welcome Reception & Dinner   
Chapter House & Undercroft, Durham Cathedral

21:30    Night-time walking tour of Durham
Durham Cathedral and Castle World Heritage Site is one of the United Kingdom’s most iconic cityscapes.  Find out about the history and heritage of this dramatic northern city and how it has been illuminated to create one of the most famous views in the north of England.


Tuesday, 14 November


9:30    Opening of the LUCI Annual General Meeting 2017


9:45    “This is Durham, Place of Light”
How is Durham regenerating its communities and what role does light play in defining a new image for the area?  Durham faces many economic challenges and is using the concept of light to integrate its place branding. “This is Durham, place of light” is based on a holistic vision of light, which brings together the area’s festivals, heritage sites, astronomy, education and industry, to create a new approach to raise and enhance Durham’s profile nationally and internationally.


11:15    Panel discussion “Leading Lights: using light for city attractiveness”  
Lighting has become a relevant public policy tool for cities that aim to attract tourists and foster the well-being of inhabitants. Well-lit streets and squares, highlighted monuments, light festivals and light art installations all contribute to the promotion of a city and its dynamism. How can cities go beyond the functional, and use urban lighting to attract residents, tourists and investors, and make their mark at a national or international level? How can storytelling through light and illuminated heritage sites boost the image of the city? How can we design light events and festivals to appeal to new visitors and create a city landmark event?

12:45    Lunch

14:00    Open Conference Sessions
As the international forum on cities and lighting, the LUCI AGM offers unique spaces for participants from all over the world to discuss and develop dialogue on urban lighting trends and issues, through a rich programme interactive conference sessions.

From master planning to festivals, through to smart lighting and innovative technologies, all topics related to outdoor lighting will be addressed in the Open Conference Sessions.  This is the opportunity for all participants to discuss and exchange viewpoints on urban lighting trends with cities from around the world!

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19:30    Newcastle/Gateshead Quayside site visit & talks
This waterfront location at the heart of Newcastle and Gateshead has been regenerated as a thriving centre for art, music, commerce and tourism.  See how the Quayside’s iconic bridges and buildings are illuminated and hear how the area is used to stage major festivals and events of national significance.

    BBQ dinner      
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead




Wednesday, 15 November

9.30     “Policy and challenges: urban lighting in Durham”
How is Durham developing a sustainable approach to lighting and making strides in its carbon reduction programme?  With city and public spending under pressure, retro-fitting lighting networks and removing lighting where it is not required, are helping Durham to implement a more affordable and sustainable approach to street lighting.


11:00    International Panel Discussion : “Intelligent urban lighting strategies: from IoT to QoL”
Many cities across the world are developing new intelligent urban lighting systems. How can these systems best respond to the needs of cities and enable advanced public services? How can they contribute to build sustainable and smart societies? How can intelligent urban lighting strategies harness the Internet of Things to improve Quality of Life for citizens?

12:30    Lunch


14:00    LUCI General Assembly     (LUCI Members only)
This is the opportunity for LUCI members  to learn about the network’s ongoing and future activities. Upcoming events, projects and new perspectives will be presented.


18:00    Lumiere preview
A sneak peek of some of the installations of Lumiere, the UK’s largest light festival,  during final testing on a walking tour of the city.

20:00    Gala dinner – LUCI 15th Anniversary   
Emirates Riverside – Durham County Cricket Club
Created in 2002, the LUCI network is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. Bringing together some of the cities and people that have marked the network’s development over the past years, this special evening and gala dinner will look back on 15 exceptional years of international exchange on urban lighting — and look ahead at the new vision for LUCI for the next 15 years to come.



Thursday, 16 November


9:45    Lumiere installation: turning art into life
St Oswald’s Church, Durham
A visit to St Oswald’s Church, a Lumiere venue to hear how the creatives and technicians at Artichoke, work with artists to turn their visions into life (and light).


11:00-13:00    Workshop : Landscape Development and Outdoor Lighting for People
 Thorn Lighting Academy, Spennymoor
How can we use light to encourage people’s use of outdoor urban surroundings during daylight and hours of darkness? How can light incite  users into thinking about their own lifestyles within outdoor spaces? Find out in this interactive hands-on workshop at the Thorn Lighting Academy.

13:00-14:00    Lunch



Thursday, 16 November Afternoon (Optional programme)


15:30        Optional guided walking tour of Durham’s historic city centre.

18:30         Lumiere Opening Night Reception
Durham Town Hall
Returning to Durham for the fifth time, Lumiere brings artists from around the world to illuminate the city in delightful and unexpected ways, with a series of light installations to explore. In 2015, 200,000 people came to Lumiere Durham to experience a spectacular programme of 29 light installations. Produced by leading arts charity Artichoke and commissioned by Durham County Council, Lumiere is the UK’s largest light festival

19.30        Free stroll to explore the Lumiere Festival


20:30    Informal buffet meal
St Chad’s College, Durham University
Take a break from your adventure and call into St Chad’s, one of Durham University’s oldest colleges, to join us for a bite to eat before resuming your exploration.

21:30     Free stroll to explore the Lumiere Festival




Friday, 17 November (Optinal programme)

9:00-16:30:     Lumiere Conference: Who are we and where are we headed?

Hosted by Artichoke in association with Durham County Council and supported by European Commission.
This year’s Lumiere Durham conference will take a wider view of the cultural impact in the world today and what this means for the future.
A visionary and thought-provoking programme of speakers will share their experiences and ideas for changing the world on topics as varied as art, education, city planning and place-making, technology, philosophy and religion. Take some time out with them to explore Who are we and where are we headed? Speakers to be announced in mid-September.


Evening:       Free stroll to explore the Lumiere Festival