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Illuminating York celebrates the transformative power of light.

lutn-logo-blackIn 2016, the festival invites you to explore and discover the city through the imagination of artists, using the medium of light in all its forms.

This year the festival will open up some of York’s most famous, most interesting and intriguing buildings by night, to experience them in a completely new way. Outdoors, buildings, spaces and places will also host installations using light and projection. Travel between these sites and spot our bunny lights in York’s shop windows along the way.

There are four Key ingredients:
  • The Festival Commissions, encounter newly commissioned artworks across the city, including the National Railway Museum, York St John University and public spaces throughout York.
  • The Bunny Trail, a route to explore enhanced by a series of specially created bunny lamps in shops and business windows along the way. There will be 50 bunnies to find this year, each one customised by an artist. At the end of the festival the bunnies will be auctioned off for charity.
  • York Minster, will host an installation by Jason Brugues Studio (the team responsible for the Shard on New Year’s Eve). The piece will carve out new spaces within the knave using light and visitors will also be treated to an organ recital. Paid for and ticketed event.
  • The Festival Fringe, where attractions across the city open up after dark, this year’s programme is designed to engage, enthral, and intrigue audiences. The Illuminating York Festival celebrates light in all of its forms from sunlight to artificially generated light, from flickering flame to the light emitting diode. With site specific light based artworks, illuminated routes through this beautiful historic city, and another great supporting programme from world-class visitor attractions and restaurants, visitors are invited to explore York after dark.
Light Up The North

Illuminating York is a member of Light up the North, a network of seven light festivals taking place in seven cities across the North of England. www.lightupthenorth.com