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Nearly 180,000 at Lumiere festival

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

Almost 180,000 people attended the Lumiere festival in Londonderry, organisers have confirmed.

With 17 sculptures and installations, the light extravaganza was among the biggest outdoor events of Derry's year as UK City of Culture and attracted 45,000 visitors on its final night.

Helen Marriage, from organisers Artichoke, said the project had exceeded all expectations.

She said: "Producing an event with 17 separate art projects anywhere is an enormous challenge, and all the more so when no one quite knows what to expect. I think everyone has been surprised and delighted by the experience of rediscovering the city in this way."

The event had originally been planned to run for just three nights but was extended after Culture Minister Caral Ni Chuilin agreed to provide additional funding.

The Fire Garden by Compagnie Carabosse in the Waterside and Novak's animation Voyage at Austins Department Store in the Diamond were among the installations which drew the biggest crowds.

A Stitch in Time, the giant steel and LED light sculpture by Tim Etchells on the roof of the Rosemount Shirt Factory also proved popular.

Over the past 12 months Derry has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors this year hosting events such as the Turner Prize, the Return of Colmcille river pageant and the All-Ireland Fleadh.

Derry Mayor Martin Reilly described the light show as spectacular.

Culture Company executive programmer Graeme Farrow said Lumiere had provided the perfect finale.

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