Illuminating York is the city’s annual digital arts and lighting festival which invites visitors and residents alike to rediscover York in a new light!
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Supporting Programme 2013

The supporting programme will run in a number of locations throughout the city from 6pm – 10pm.

A Shadow Play of Mystical Tales: Memorial Gardens Leeman Road

Outdoor arts experts Walk the Plank present ‘A Shadow Play of Mystical Events‘ in the Memorial Gardens, Leeman Road.

Myths, music and magical characters in this fiery sculptural installation from Hannelora Johansson and Simon Williams. A carousel of optical illusion reveals fantastical characters and mysterious tales told using fire – shadows weave back and forth against the night sky, to music.

Sampo: St Helen’s Church

Inspired by ‘Sampo Lappelill’, a Finnish fairy tale, using the facade of the church, Sampo  by Jackson & Teed explores themes of good and evil, light and dark, innocence and experience – in parallel with a Fringe event at the New School House Gallery.

SPARK: A trail starting at the Treasurer’s House Garden

New for 2013 in partnership with York St John University, SPARK enables emerging artists to showcase their work through mentored commissions, responding to the theme ‘Tree of Life’, a major part of the Viking belief system:

  • Sunset DanceLittle Gods (Viaperformance). Venture into the walled garden of Treasurer’s House and enter the home of the gods, Asgard. Use all your senses to explore your surroundings, then prepare to go to a place beyond. Witness the gods from afar or up close.
  • A Circle of Life (Raoul Simpson). Using a family of trees as the canvas, narrow beams of light make trees appear to grow and fade in a piece to celebrate life.

For further information please see the Spark pages.

The Ice, the Land and the Sea: projected onto JORVIK Viking Centre

The story of a young girl who left her home far across the North Sea and travelled to York 1000 years ago, crossing paths with great characters from the Viking age. Presented by FISKE & CROFTS with artist Simon Wainwright and writer Libby Crofts.

Thor’s Oak, A York Thing: Parliament Street

A sculpted oak tree combining traditional willow work and high tech active lighting created by community arts charity Same Sky.

The Vikings had one of the earliest forms of northern European parliaments which were called Things – allowing people of the city to meet and discuss issues and settle disputes.


Find out more about the Illuminating York Festival’s Main Events, and Fringe Events.

Download the 2013 Festival Programme and map (pdf).

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