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2017 News and Events

Kynren - an epic tale of England

Saturday 1 July to Saturday 16 September 2017

Eleven Arches' Kynren- an epic tale of England returns to Bishop Auckland and the night time spectacular is set to be bigger, better and brighter than ever. Full details and ticket are available at Eleven Arches.

(added July 2017)

Lumiere Festival 

Lumiere festival to be 'bigger, bolder and brighter than ever' with new £250k investment

Durham's Lumiere festival has £250k in funding from backers Wellcome and the Garfield Weston Foundation.

Produced by creative charity Artichoke and commissioned by Durham County Council, the UK's largest festival of light has become an increasingly-popular event of the North East's cultural calendar.

In 2015 an estimated 200,000 people journeyed to Durham to see the attraction, generating  £9.6m for the local economy.

Wellcome has awarded a grant of £150k to support the creation of Cosmoscope, a major installation commissioned by Artichoke and developed by artist Simeon Nelson.

The Garfield Weston Foundation has awarded Lumiere £100k as part of the programme of proactive funding it is carrying out across the North East.

(added April 2017)

CEF to bring dozens of new jobs to Durham with £11m data centre opening

Electrical products and services supplier CEF has revealed plans to open an £11m IT, data and marketing centre in County Durham.

The site, which will act as the company's new IT and marketing headquarters, will generate 'dozens' of new jobs for the area according to the electrical wholesaler.

Designed by international practice FaulknerBrowns Architects, the facility is expected to open in 2018.

(added April 2017)

State of the County Report

The County Durham Economic Partnership (CDEP)agreed their annual State of the County Report - February 2017 (PDF, 1Mb). The document appraises the CDEP's five measures of success agreed in 2010. Key headlines include: the highest employment rate since the 2008 recession; an increase of 330 enterprises between 2015 and 2016; and an increase in gross household disposable income of 18.1% since the recession.