Festival fanatics are being reminded to take the opportunity to be part of the UK’s largest light festival.
Lumiere returns from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 November with its 10th anniversary spectacular. Featuring highlights from past editions of the festival, alongside new, unique installations, Lumiere 2019 is set to turn Durham into a shining city of innovation and imagination.
Durham County Council and Lumiere producers Artichoke, want everyone to be part of the magic by offering people the chance to become volunteer Festival Makers.
Sixty-four-year-old Ann Ferguson has lived and worked in Durham for the last 40 years. She has also volunteered for the last two Lumiere festivals and has no plans of stopping. She told us about her experiences, and why she loves being part of the electric event.
“I had been a visitor to Lumiere and thought it was outstanding. When I saw an advert, asking for Festival Makers, I initially hesitated as I had never been part of such a big event. But, after contacting the team, I signed up and I am so glad I did.
“My role included supporting the thousands of people who come to the city, offering them a helping hand with directions to make sure they saw all the sights, and taking the odd snaps for people who wanted to cherish the moment.
“You get to speak to lots of people and they are so grateful for your assistance. It is great to see people having fun and enjoying your city, and it feels even better to know you are part of giving them a fantastic experience. People recognise you and families really get to know each other.
“I gained a lot of confidence, and it has motivated me to volunteer in other areas and experience new things. I also made lots of friends, and the community around Lumiere is diverse and fantastic.
“To anyone who is thinking of volunteering, I would say do not hesitate. Durham is a beautiful place and it is incredible to be a part of promoting the area. You get lots of support, and it is an experience you won’t forget. I cannot wait to be part of Lumiere 2019.”
Cllr Joy Allen, Cabinet member for transformation, culture and tourism, said: “Festival Makers are integral to the running of Lumiere. They are the face of the festival. They help with welcoming the thousands of visitors to the city and directing them to the many installations.
“For those who volunteer as Festival Makers, Lumiere provides an incredible opportunity to be part of a professional production and to gain valuable experience.”
Anyone interested in this exciting opportunity can find out more, watch our Festival Makers from 2017 talk about their experience, or sign up at www.durham.gov.uk/festivalmaker
Festival Makers should be over 18 years old, have a friendly personality and a passion for Lumiere. People with different skills and life experiences are welcome. First time volunteers are encouraged to apply, as well as those who have helped at previous festivals. The Lumiere 2019 Festival Makers are sponsored by Motorpoint.
Find out more about Lumiere 2019 at www.lumiere-festival.com