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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Illuminating York Festival 2013 – Wednesday 30 October to Saturday 2 November 6pm to 10pm

As the nights draw in, the ninth 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 will 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, means that you can 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 2013 festival is Illuminating the Past, Enlightening the Future. It is 1000 years since King Sweyn ‘Forkbeard’ of Denmark was named king of England in 1013. Incoming communities and cultures have played an important role in the development of York as a City. York has deep and strong links to its Viking heritage in particular and the waves of invasions that York has experienced over the years, creating a vibrant city with a rich and varied culture.

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

See what the media has to say about this year’s festival:

York Press: Illuminating York projections transform York landmarks

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

Download the 2013 Festival Programme and map (pdf).

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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