D-Lux is a festival of light presented in Dumfries’s public realm celebrating light in times of darkness to lift spirits and promote wellbeing during the darkest part of the year.
31st January - 2nd February 2019
Dumfries High Street
Its founding directors/curators are: Robbie Coleman, an established artist who has delivered events and festivals across the region and nationally; John Wallace, an award winning filmmaker and video artist; and David Smith, film producer and creative entrepreneur.
The project came about through a relationship between the 3 founding directors of D-Lux Robbie Coleman, John Wallace and David Smith and the main sponsor of the festival Jardine Funeral Directors. Mark Jardine, the CEO of Jardine Funeral Directors wants to be part of the regeneration of Dumfries and sees a lighting festival in the dark winter months making a contribution to that.
Jardine Funeral Directors have been serving the Dumfries community for over 100 years. Mark Jardine, its current director, has seen the centre of Dumfries fall into disrepair with a large number of empty shops and empty buildings. There is literally no night time economy in the town. Through his company he wanted to do something about this and offered to support D-Lux for its first three years of operation.
D-Lux’s overarching aim is to enable the Town Centre to be imagined in a new and playful way as a place that is both safe and inspiring. D-Lux, alongside other organisations and events in the town, is trying to help Dumfries pick itself up and reimagine a post-retail future for itself.
By using light and darkness, with all its varied meanings and nuances, the event sought to initiate a unique exploration and public conversation; support ongoing arts-based town centre regeneration efforts in Dumfries by increasing footfall during the early to mid-evening period.
D-LUX Arts is proud to partner with The Stove Network, Big Burns Supper and The People's Project.
Our event is funded by Jardine's Funeral Directors and Arts and Business Scotland
In addition, D-LUX wishes to thank Kenny Bowie (Scottish Power) Lorraine Wilson (Town Centre Ambassador), Alex Murray, David Henderson, Stephen Jackson, Graeme Allison, Calum Edgar, Brian McQuat, Livesystems, SW Audio, Oceanallover / Alex Rigg /Mark Zygadlo, WARPRO, D&G Council, Robert Burns Film Theatre, Wee Burns Supper Fringe.