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News Release - Issued by Illuminating York

Illuminating York Festival 2014
York’s Leading Lights are celebrated in annual Illuminating York Festival

Weds 29th Oct – Sat 1st November 2014

The countdown has begun to the ninth annual Illuminating York Festival. Running from Weds 29th Oct – Sat 1st Nov, the 2014 Festival is inspired by York’s Leading Lights through the centuries. Hidden Worlds, the central artwork on the Crown Court at the Eye of York, is complemented with eleven other brand new illuminating artworks across the city and there is once again an amazing supporting programme put on by York’s key visitor attractions, making this the biggest event in the city’s calendar.

City of York Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism Cllr Sonja Crisp today said: ‘I am thrilled that Illuminating York, named in the Guardian as one of Europe’s top ten light festivals, will once again bring residents and visitors a memorable spectacle. As well as the central artwork there will be a full programme of light events across the city centre which, for the second year, will include the very popular SPARK, an arts initiative in which we support the work of five new and emerging artists. ’

Hidden Worlds is inspired by York's own John Snow, the 19th Century physician who not only discovered how cholera spread but also went on to pioneer the use of anaesthetics. In homage to Snow's story, Seeper’s artwork, a 3D projection mapped animation, will take the audience into the hidden worlds of the microscopic and the unconscious in what will be an entertaining and fun yet unique and unforgettable experience.
This is the first time that Seeper, the artists who are creating Hidden Worlds have performed at Illuminating York. Seeper are themselves leading lights in their industry, having produced some of the world’s most ambitious3D projection mapping shows during their 15 years history. Seeper is known for creating groundbreaking, immersive experiences that inspire a sense of wonderment.

Managing Director of Seeper, Ed Daly today said: ‘We look forward to being a part of this nationally recognised Festival and to creating this artwork, inspired by the extraordinary achievements of one of York’s leading lights.’

The free supporting programme this year includes a mix of static illuminated artworks, performance and projection across the city. Impossible Arts will present Codex, a magical art installation at the Coppergate Centre, while Twist Design have created The Wheels of Industry for King’s Square. Viaperformance return with Then Chocolate Shall it Be at King’s Manor and finally, Haydn Robinson will present Time and Space.
The Festival is supported by City of York Council, Arts Council England, Visit York, York St John University, English Heritage, York Archaeological Trust, the Merchant Adventurers Hall, York Theatre Royal, QED Productions and the people of York.

Illuminating York runs from Weds 29th Oct – Sat 1st Nov from 6pm – 10pm. Tickets for Hidden Worlds cost just £4 / £3 for under 16’s. Under 5’s are free and under 12’s must be accompanied by an adult. A £1 transaction fee applies. Tickets are available from 29th September from York Theatre Royal Box Office either by phoning 01904 623568 or going to The full programme of all the artworks will be available on from 18th September.


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Notes to the Editor
1. Illuminating York
2. Seeper
3. Supporting Programme
4. Location of York Crown Court

1. Illuminating York
IY is a cutting edge light based Festival which has been running since 2005. During that time the festival has commissioned major international works for the Minster, Museum Gardens and other historic sites within the city walls. Previously commissioned artists include United VJ’s, Patrice Warrener, Paul Kaiser (Open Ended Group), Usman Haque, Ross Ashton, KMA, OMA International, Gaia Nova and Bright White Ltd. In the first eight years, the Festival has attracted an estimated 300,000 residents and tourists and brings annually about £1 million into the local economy.

Over 50,000 visitors attended the event in 2013. Illuminating York is organized by a steering group, chaired by Liz Page of English Heritage, which consists of representatives from City of York Council, University of York, Visit York, York Museums Trust, Science City York, English Heritage, York Minster and York Archaeological Trust.

2. Seeper is a collective of people that craft technology into many things, including art, advertising, education and live events. Founded 15yrs ago and based in London they are expanding across the globe. @seeperarts

3. Around 20 events will be included in the supporting programme, including medieval medical experiments; ghosts in the Guildhall; Castle Howard in a new light; and leading lights at the Treasurer’s House.

4. York Crown Court is located at the Eye of York, opposite Clifford’s Tower and York Castle Museum