With excitement for Lumiere building, volunteers are needed to help make the magic happen.
Lumiere returns to County Durham next month with its most ambitious and far-reaching programme to date.
Key to its success will be its team of friendly and enthusiastic volunteers known as the Lumiere Festival Makers. The team plays a vital role in ensuring the festival runs smoothly, and there is still time to get involved.
Commissioned by Durham County Council and produced by Artichoke, Lumiere takes place from Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 November. Festival Makers are needed throughout the event and everyone aged 18 and over is welcome, whether they are a seasoned pro or a first-time volunteer.
There are a range of roles, including:
- Welcoming visitors to Durham, helping them find their way around and providing advice on how to get the best Lumiere experience.
- Telling people about the installations.
- Helping to run the festival’s visitor hub.
- Sharing knowledge of the city.
Those with special skills or interests, such as being a qualified first aider, are also encouraged to get in touch.
Festival Makers will need to be available for at least two shifts of between four and seven and a half hours during the festival. They will also need to attend two meetings beforehand to receive the information they will need to carry out their role safely and to complete a walkaround of the festival site.
There may also be some volunteer roles in the run up to the event, which will be arranged around availability and skills.
To find out more and signup, visit www.durham.gov.uk/festivalmaker
The deadline for applications is Friday 5 November, but applications received after this will still be accommodated if possible.
Lumiere is also supported by Arts Council England, Durham University and a host of other sponsors.
The full programme was announced earlier this month and features 37 installations by international and local artists. There will also be six installations outside of Durham City for the first time. To find out more and to book free tickets, visit www.lumiere-festival.com/.
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