illuminating York 2015

 Wed 28th – Sat 31st October 6-10pm.

Download the illuminating York 2015 brochure using the link below.


Jony Easterby

As the nights start drawing in, York is gearing up for the annual celebration of light that is the illuminating York Festival. Now in its 10th year, the Festival was one of the first of its kind in the UK and it continues to pursue new ways of showing this beautiful historic city in a new light. Inspired by the UNESCO International Year of Light, the 2015 Festival celebrates light in all of its forms, from the flickering flame to the light emitting diode.

For the first time, the Festival has been programmed by two artistic curators who have selected a series of artworks across the city, once again transforming York after dark. For 2015, Hazel Colquhoun and Andrew Knight have conceived a Festival Promenade with installations created by five sets of artists along the route, culminating in the Museum Gardens where York’s botanical gardens will be transformed. Specially selected lamps in shop and business windows will feature along the route between the artworks.

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Jony firefliesLighting up the North

illuminating York is a member of Lighting Up the North, a network of light festivals taking place in seven cities across the North of England.

Leeds Light Night: 9th October

Blackpool Illuminations: 4th Sept – 8th Nov

Light up Lancaster: 6th – 7th November

Durham Lumiere: 12th – 15th November

Enchanted Parks, Gateshead: 9th – 13th December

Quays Culture, Manchester: 12th – 27th December