Lumiere is set to light up the city of Durham next year – and North East businesses can help local children experience the magic.

The festival, produced by Artichoke, has attracted more than a million visitors over the past decade: and now charity grant-maker County Durham Community Foundation is offering a match-funding bonus from a £50,000 pot to businesses who want to support the community projects around it.

For every pound donated, the Foundation will contribute a further 50p, supporting workshops for the region’s children and other community groups: all as part of its commitment to helping the county recover from Covid-19.

Claire Linfoot, from Laurel Avenue Community Association, took 12 children along from the Association’s centre in Sherburn to play their compositions on the Keys of Light by Mr.Beam artwork last year. In the months leading up to the festival, each child had taken part in keyboard lessons sponsored by believe housing.

The festival is commissioned by Durham County Council and is scheduled to run for four nights in November 2021. To find out more, email