Medieval meets modern in this series of 3-dimensional abstract projections. Join us for Lumiere 2021 at Raby Castle and celebrate our Castle of Light.

4.30pm – 10pm | FREE

This year’s Lumiere will see projections magically transform the lakeside façade of Durham’s famous 14th-century fortress.

The Spanish artist Javier Riera, responds to Raby Castle’s unique architecture with a mind-bending and meditative series of geometric shapes that play with and echo its fortress exterior, seeking out the hidden qualities and dimensions of the exterior fabric of the building.

Our Stables Shop and Cafe will be open until 9pm each night to keep you refreshed as you explore our treasure trove of Christmas goodies.

“Well worth a visit. The cafe and gift shop are open. Swans on the lake and stag wandering about added to the magic of the festival.”
– Sarah, Lumiere Visitor


For Riera, geometry is the natural pulse that emanates from everything. In this piece, he explores the inner energy of this silent all-seeing colossus and its relationship with nature. By making visible the castle’s inner energy through geometrical patterns of light, he aims to transform the way people think about castles and their place in the landscape.

Javier Riera’s work is influenced by the Land Art movement, where ‘time, place, relativity, and experience’ are the key concepts. In 2019, he illuminated a section of Durham’s riverside trees in geometrical light.



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