BRILLIANT Ideas Needed For Lumiere

Derry~Londonderry will truly shine when the Lumiere Derry festival of light closes UK City of Culture 2013, and your concept could be a part of it

The spectacular Lumiere Derry light festival, produced by live events company Artichoke, will take place over four nights from November 28 to December 1, 2013, transforming the streets, buildings and waterways of Derry~Londonderry into a magical nocturnal landscape with atmospheric light sculptures and installations by local and international artists.

As part of Lumiere Derry, the finale of the UK City of Culture 2013 celebrations, local people are being invited to submit their own creative ideas for artworks to be included in the festival under the BRILLIANT scheme. BRILLIANT offers opportunities for people based in, or originally from Northern Ireland, to develop and produce their ideas for artworks using the medium of light to be showcased at the festival.

The opportunity is open to everyone, from any walk of life, and no experience is necessary. Successful proposals will be commissioned and receive funding and development support. The deadline for initial proposals is Friday, February 15. The two-stage process will be judged by panel, which will include representatives from Culture Company 2013, Void Gallery and Artichoke.

Artichoke is known for its ground-breaking, large-scale creative productions. In 2012, the company produced Deborah Warner’s Peace Camp (see video below), a coastal installation staged around the UK coastline as part of the London 2012 Festival, which included sites at Mussenden Temple, Downhill Beach and White Park Bay.

In 2009, Artichoke established Lumiere as a successful model in Durham, England (see video above). In 2011, 150,000 visitors flooded into the city transformed by artworks, including an illuminated waterfall over the River Wear, a giant Snowdome, and an other-worldly fire garden inside Durham Cathedral. Independent researchers have estimated that the festival brought economic benefits to Durham worth £4.3m.

Helen Marriage, co-director of Artichoke said: 'We’re very excited to be creating Lumiere in the wonderful city of Derry-Londonderry in 2013, and particularly about the local contributions that will be commissioned as part of BRILLIANT. It is often the smallest ideas that make the greatest impact, and BRILLIANT offers the opportunity for these to be realised alongside the wider programme. I can’t wait to see what people propose.'

Applicants to the BRILLIANT scheme should submit their ideas, together with an estimated budget by Friday, February 15, 2013. Last year’s fund was £40,000 and produced four commissions. Light should be at the centre of any idea – but the most important thing is how Brilliant the idea is.

Full details about how to apply can be found on the Lumiere Derry BRILLIANT website, together with suggested locations. Questions about any aspect of the competition should be directed to The final awards will be announced in May 2013, and details of festival highlights for Lumiere will be announced in June 2013.