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Sunday 23 November 2014

Lumiere: Derry dazzles as light festival illuminates the city's buildings, streets and bridges

Fire Garden by Compagnie Carabosse which has tranformed St. Columb's Park into a visual delight as part of the four day Lumiere Festival of light. Picture Martin McKeown
Fire Garden by Compagnie Carabosse which has tranformed St. Columb's Park into a visual delight as part of the four day Lumiere Festival of light. Picture Martin McKeown
Fire Garden by Compagnie Carabosse which has tranformed St. Columb's Park into a visual delight as part of the four day Lumiere Festival of light. Picture Martin McKeown
Marbles by Daan Roosegaarde which is part of the four day Lumiere Festival of light. Picture Martin McKeown
The Clock Tower which is part of the four day Lumiere Festival of light. Picture Martin McKeown
Marbles by Daan Roosegaarde which is part of the four day Lumiere Festival of light. Picture Martin McKeown
One of the Travellers suspened over the River Foyle which is part of the four day Lumiere Festival of light in Derry~Londonderry as part of the City of Culture celebrations. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com.
The Voyage light projection on Austins Department Store which is part of the four day Lumiere Festival of light in Derry~Londonderry as part of the City of Culture celebrations. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com.
Symphonie Conique on Queens Quay which is part of the four day Lumiere Festival of light in Derry~Londonderry as part of the City of Culture celebrations. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com.
The Grove of Oaks, which is part of the four-day Lumiere Festival of light in Derry~Londonderry as part of the City of Culture celebrations. Picture Martin McKeown/Inpresspics.com
Deepa Mann-Kler's Neon Dogs, part of the four-day Lumiere Festival of light in Derry~Londonderry as part of the City of Culture celebrations. Picture Martin McKeown/Inpresspics.com
A projection entitled 'Twice upon a time' in Londonderry as the Lumiere festival opens as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations.
People photograph a projection entitled 'Voyage' on Austins Department store in Londonderry as the Lumiere festival opens as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations.
The Travellers or Les Voyageurs, illuminated figures created by French artists Cedric Le Borgne, making an impression on the Peace Bridge suspended above the River Foyle.
Schoolchildren sign their names in a projection entitled 'Twice upon a time' on the clock tower in Ebrington Square, Londonderry as the Lumiere festival opens as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations.
Installations include this one, 'Voyage' by Novak, this 4D projection imaging brings the oldest family owned department store in the world, Austins of Derry, to life by night. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
St. Cecilia's College is bathed in red light as part of the four day Lumiere Festival of light in Derry~Londonderry as part of the City of Culture celebrations. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com.
The Voyage light projection on Austins Department Store, which is part of the four-day Lumiere Festival of light in Derry~Londonderry as part of the City of Culture celebrations. Picture Martin McKeown/Inpresspics.com
Members of the public watch a projection entitled 'twice upon a time' created by local school children as the Lumiere festival opens as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations, Londonderry.
Giant shirts are lifted into position, on the Abercorn Road Shirt Factory in Derry. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Giant shirts are lifted into position, on the Abercorn Road Shirt Factory in Derry. Picture Margaret McLaughlin

Giants have taken their place along the River Foyle to shine their light on this year's UK City of Culture.

The impressive displays lit up not only the sky – but imaginations and the November night.

The Lumiere Festival in Londonderry kicked off with a surreal spectacle of imposing large-scale light images on the skyline.

Les Voyageurs, or The Travellers, were created by artist Cedric Le Borgne.

Diving and swooping along the Peace Bridge, they welcomed visitors as part of 17 installations.

In human form but with no features, the suspended displays appeared to soar and fly, inviting visitors to glance up and offering a connection between dream and reality.

Over four days, local and international artists, community groups and lighting designers are illuminating the city's walls, buildings and streets.

The beacons of light will shine over the city until Sunday from the Fountain to the Bogside and Cityside to Waterside.

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