About Us

Illuminating York is delighted to have been nominated for A Dulux Award for ‘Colour Moment of the Year’!

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Illuminating York is organised by a steering committee which comprises of representatives from the City of York Council, Visit York, York Museums Trust, Science City York, English Heritage, York Minster, York Archaeological Trust, The University of York. York’s ambition is to showcase the city in exciting and innovative ways, attracting visitors from across the globe. Illuminating York also enables the city to showcase the best of regional, national and international artistic talent through a programme of curatorial, commissioned and invited work including installations, projection, film, animation and new technologies.


Illuminating York 2012 - National Dance
Illuminating York 2012 – National Dance

The aims and objectives of Illuminating York

  1. To promote York as a creative city, boosting the prospects for and employment in York’s creative industries.

  2. To attract more overnight visitors to York, boosting employment in tourism and hospitality.

  3. To showcase / assist in the promotion of York as an overnight destination rich in contemporary culture.

  4. Support the development of the evening economy in the city.

  5. To enhance both residents’ and visitors’ experience of York city centre in the evening.

  6. To showcase York’s heritage.

  7. To improve the after-dark safety and perception of safety in city-centre spaces by attracting a greater number and diversity of pedestrians after dark.

As well as being a showcase for York as a contemporary, creative city, Illuminating York is also an ongoing project, which aims to use light and innovation to breathe new life into York’s historic built urban environment after dark, championing the development and progression of permanent lighting projects.

Friends and Supporters of Illuminating York

Friends and Supporters