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Oct 10, 2021
Durham Lumiere branches out with first digital attraction included in its November programme Interactive Tree of Hope is a first for Lumiere light festival which returns to Durham from November 18-21 The Tree of Hope will be the first online addition to the Lumiere festival Get the latest North East What's On news delivered straight to your inbox - sign up for free email updates Invalid EmailSomething went wrong, please try again later. Subscribe We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Thank you for subscribingWe have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice With the countdown underway to the return of Durham Lumiere, organisers have announced a digital first to run alongside its programme of events. The free light festival will begin in Durham on November 18 with a series of illuminated artworks bringing after-dark cheer to city streets and buildings and the sparkling event is expected to attract the usual crowds over its four-day run, with attractions including an ambitious video-mapped projection telling the story of time. But this year Lumiere will also include something for those who can't get there in person, with the addition of an interactive online treat called Tree of Hope which will live on after the festival ends on November 21. The Tree of Hope, which is being created by London-based digital studio Tekja, will make its debut on November 4, the day before Bonfire Night. Inspired by Durham’s history as a place of ‘big thinkers’, and by its landscape and dark skies, it will invite people - wherever they might be - to contribute their hopes for the future and those who take part will see their contribution help create an artwork in real time, with an online slender sapling growing into a fully-formed tree which will blossom with each hope expressed. Video Loading The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now The artwork will make use of algorithms based on collections of messages and algorithms based on geometries found in nature also will be used to generate the tree's branches. The hope is that the Tree of Hope platform, with its inspiring messages, will become a place for people to reflect upon what a bright and hopeful future might look like. Supported by Visit County Durham, this is the first-ever digital artwork commissioned by the festival and it will open up Lumiere to people beyond Durham and even across the world. Use of algorithms based on collections of messages on certain themes will see the tree 'blossom' Lumiere , which is commissioned by Durham County Council and celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2019 , is being seen as a vital part of the council's bid for UK City of Culture status in 2025. Helen Marriage, director and chief executive officer of Artichoke who produces the biennial Lumiere, said: “Our hope is that Tree of Hope will give people who can’t visit Lumiere in person the chance to experience and interact with the festival from afar." Coun Amanda Hopgood, leader of Durham County Council, said: “Lumiere has always been a showcase for talent, creativity and innovation", adding that over the last decade the festival has celebrated County Durham’s heritage in new and imaginative ways, while using cutting-edge technology to create "awe-inspiring experiences". "Tree of Hope is another example of Lumiere leading the way and providing exciting and meaningful ways for people to engage with art," she said. "It is why Lumiere is so important to County Durham’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2025, and why we are incredibly proud to commission it." Tickets - which are free - will be needed for the city centre attractions, as part of measures to keep the festival as Covid-free as possible. They too will be digital this year and Lumiere has yet to announced when they will be available. Keep an eye out on the festival website for updates.