Illuminating York Festival 2014 – Wednesday 29 October to Saturday 1 November

As the nights draw in, the 2014 Illuminating York promises to shine more brightly than ever before


Photo: Triquetra, Clifford’s Tower by Kippa Mathews

Taking place at the end of October, the festival draws more than 50,000 people to the city to experience York in a new light. Cutting-edge technology creates a colourful celebration of York’s unique heritage, from spectacular sites to hidden gems.

In 2013, Illuminating York spread right across the city centre with 11 brand new illuminating artworks. In addition, a fantastic programme of fringe events in some of the city’s best attractions, meant that you could enjoy the festival over more than one evening, experiencing beautiful buildings by candlelight, tasting chocolate in the dark or uncovering some our resident ghosts.

The theme for the 2014 festival is Leading Lights. Uncovering the rich history and future of innovation and discovery in the city of York. We are in the process of planning a fantastic programme for 2014 and will be releasing further details in the coming months. In the meantime, see what the media had to say about last  year’s festival:

York Press: Illuminating York projections transform York landmarks

Culture24: Danish Kings, Viking history and plank-walking as Illuminating York returns

Illuminating York would not be possible without the generous support of our many sponsors, partners and volunteers. Many thanks to all who are involved in making the Illuminating York Festival a continued success.

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