19 April 2011

LUMIERE 2011 Technical Director Appointment

Hi-Lights are delighted to announce that their Managing Director, Martin Warden, has been appointed as the Technical Director for the 2011 LUMIERE Festival in Durham. The festival will take over the city for four days from November 17 - 20 with a series of installations, illuminations and performances incorporating lighting.

Martin founded Hi-Lights in 1991. Initially starting out by hiring lighting and sound equipment to the theatre industry and undertaking production work to local theatres and performance venues, Hi-Lights has grown into one of the North East's best known suppliers of lighting, sound, staging and audio visual equipment. Over the years, the company has turned into much more than a theatrical lighting company, working frequently on conferences, product launches, award dinners, celebrations and outdoor events. Working on events such as the previous (and first) LUMIERE Festival 2009, the annual Stockton International Riverside Festival, Shine 2011 and Tall Ships 2005, Hi-Lights have built up an impressive and diverse portfolio that will only be further enhanced by their involvement in LUMIERE 2011.

Produced by Artichoke, a registered charity whose main goal is to take the arts from behind closed doors and out to the public, LUMIERE is a great opportunity to showcase the historic city of Durham in a different light. Artichoke specialise in large scale events, most notably they produced Antony Gormley's ‘One and Other' in which 2400 members of the public from around the UK took to the ‘empty' fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square to perform, campaign, undress or simply stand every hour for 100 days.

Following on from the success of the first LUMIERE in 2009, in which 75,000 people visited Durham to catch a glimpse of the stunning art works, the bi-annual event will once again transform the city into a winter wonderland. This year, contributions were welcomed from both established artists and the general public through the ‘Brilliant' campaign, run by Artichoke and NewcastleGateshead Initiative as an opportunity for local people as well as international artists to be involved with the festival. The brief stated that submissions could be either large or small-scale installations involving light, which excite, challenge, engage or simply just ‘stop people in their tracks'.

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