Monday, 13 November


15:30    LUCI Executive Committee (for EC members only)
Studio Room, Gala Theatre


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

The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham
Councillor Bill Kellett, Chairman of Durham County Council
Mary-Ann Schreurs, President of LUCI, Vice Mayor of Eindhoven


21:30    Night-time walking tour of Durham
The 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


9:00    Opening of the LUCI Annual General Meeting 2017
Main Auditorium, Gala Theatre

Councillor Bill KellettChairman of Durham County Council
Mary-Ann Schreurs, President of LUCI, Vice Mayor of Eindhoven


9:15    Conference Session: “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 a holistic vision of light to integrate its place branding. Bringing together the area’s festivals, heritage sites, astronomy, education and industry, the “This is Durham, place of light” concept creates a new approach to raise and enhance the city’s profile nationally and internationally.

  • Economic regeneration in Durham
    Councillor Simon Henig CBE, Leader of Durham County Council
  • Light: inspiring our here and now, and illuminating our future
    Michelle Gorman, Managing Director, Visit County Durham
  • Developing the County Durham economy: technology, innovation and light
    Sarah Slaven, Interim Managing Director, Business Durham
  • Q&A session


11:00    International Panel Discussion: “Leading Lights: Using Light for City Attractiveness”
Lighting has become a powerful public policy tool for cities aiming to attract tourists as well as foster the quality of life for their inhabitants. How have cities used urban lighting to make their mark at national or international levels? How can light events, storytelling through light and illuminated heritage sites boost the image of the city? How can light favour night time interactions and ultimately quality of life as a driver for attractiveness?

Moderator: Elisa Hillgen, City of Light Coordinator, City of Jyväskylä

  • Tim Edensor, Reader in Cultural Geography, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Sarah Gaventa, Director, Illuminated River Project
  • Helen Marriage, Artistic Director, Artichoke
  • Leni Schwendinger, Creative Director, NightSeeing™


12:30    Lunch



14:00    Open Conference Sessions
From master planning to festivals, and smart lighting to 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!

See the programme of presentations here


19:30    Newcastle & Gateshead Quayside Site Visit
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    Conference Session: Sustainable Urban Lighting in Durham
Main Auditorium, Gala Theatre
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.

  • Carbon reduction and sustainability in lighting
    Stuart Timmiss, Head of Planning and Assets, Durham County Council
  • Durham’s street lighting and energy reduction programme
    John Reed, Head of Technical Services, Durham County Council
  • Durham Cathedral and Castle World Heritage Site lighting scheme
    Brian Buckley, Strategic Highways Manager, Durham County Council
    Anthony Smith, Director, Stainton Lighting Design Services
  • Q&A session


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?

Moderator: Mark Burton-PageGeneral Director, LUCI Association

  • Rik van Stiphout, Program Advisor Light & Culture, City of Eindhoven 
  • Joël Lavergne, Public Lighting Manager, City of Toulouse
  • Hongjian Sun, Associate Professor in Smart Grid, University of Durham


12:30    Lunch


14:00    LUCI General Assembly
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.


18:15    Lumiere Festival Preview Walking Tour
A sneak peek at some of the Lumiere Festival Installations, during final testing on a walking tour of the city.


20:00    Gala Dinner: Celebrating LUCI 15th Anniversary   
Durham County Cricket Club, Emirates Riverside, Chester-le-Street
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 City
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    Workshop: Future Urban Life in City = Lighting Strategy Now
 Thorn Academy of Light, Spennymoor
An interactive hands-on workshop exploring the theme of people and their future use of the city, with its urban appeal during hours of darkness becoming key factors to its future success and sustainability. Using the city of Durham as an example, participants will imagine the need of a particular demographic during their daily life and link that to urban lighting. How will the immediate lighting strategy and investment impact future lives under city lights?


13:00    Lunch




Optional programme: Thursday, 16 November (Afternoon)


15:30    Traditional English Afternoon Tea
Crook Hall & Gardens, Durham City
Enjoy the English tradition of afternoon cream tea in Crook Hall, a 13th century Medieval hall set in idyllic gardens. Hear about the history of the hall, explore the gardens and maze, or stay inside and warm your toes in front of the log fire.


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 light installations. Produced by leading arts charity Artichoke and commissioned by Durham County Council, Lumiere is the UK’s largest light festival and this year brings 28 artworks to the city.


19:30    Free time to explore the Lumiere Festival


20:30    Buffet Supper
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.





Optional programme: Friday, 17 November

9:00-16:30    Lumiere Conference: Who are we and where are we headed?
Gala Theatre
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. This year line-up presents a range of visionary and renowned speakers to consider the big conversations of today and the looming questions of tomorrow. From fields spanning experimental physics to architecture and education to theatre, they will share their experiences, expertise and opinions on ideas about our changing world.
Hosted by Artichoke in association with Durham County Council and supported by the European Commission.