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Culture Awards 2009: Best Event Durham

DURHAM was lit up in breathtaking fashion in November, thanks to the efforts of arts company Artichoke, which masterminded the festival Lumiere.

BEST EVENT DURHAM supported by Durham County Council Winner - Lumiere

DURHAM was lit up in breathtaking fashion in November, thanks to the efforts of arts company Artichoke, which masterminded the festival Lumiere.

Taking place over four days, the festival of light saw some 50 artists and performers involved in a series of 18 events and performances, which transformed the city centre and attracted thousands of visitors.

Shops, public spaces and the riverside were lit up in a variety of different ways, but the arresting highlight was Ross Ashton's Crown of Light son et lumière at Durham Cathedral, emblazoning images from the Lindisfarne Gospels across the Norman stonework.

FINALIST – Durham Book Festival

The 19th festival played host to 60 authors over nine days, as well as delivering a programme which catered for all tastes.

Jack Dee, Lynne Barber, Victoria Moore, Don Patterson, Peter Mortimer, Sheila Binks, Nick Hornby, Kate Fox and a Vampire writing club for teenagers, were all on the list.

FINALIST – Artland

Arts collective Art Land masterminded a takeover of Bishop Auckland with a series of events and temporary exhibitions of work in places not usually associated with the arts.

FINALIST – Brass: Durham International Festival

It claims to be the fastest growing brass music festival in Europe… and who are we to argue? Last year the festival continued its mission to revolutionise how people perceive brass, welcoming performers from Ireland, Finland, Iceland, Macedonia, Mexico and Nigeria.

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