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

Illuminating York 2014 Programme

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.

The theme for the 2014 festival is Leading Lights, uncovering the rich history and future of innovation and discovery in the city of York. The main festival piece is ‘Hidden Worlds’ by Seeper on The Crown Court building.

This year, Illuminating York will spread right across the city centre with 12 brand new illuminating artworks. A fantastic programme of supporting events in local top attractions means that you can enjoy the Festival over more than one evening, experiencing buildings and concerts by candlelight; witnessing medieval medical experiments; or, for the first time, travel out of town to see Castle Howard in a new light.

See the highlights from the 2013 festival to get an idea of what is in store…


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Illuminating York was recently named among The Guardian’s Top Ten European Light Festivals.