Issued by: York Mediale 
Issue date: Monday 2 December 

2 December 2019 - 1 December 2020

Part podcast, part poem, part accidental car park, Conflux is a brand new free audio experience launching at the end of the month.
Starting by the river Foss on Piccadilly, listeners follow the in-audio instructions, to explore one of the city’s most fascinating and iconic sites. 
Created by award-winning companies Common Ground Theatre and Hannah Bruce &Co, this alternative audio tour is accessed via personal mobile devices and will remain available to the public for a year. It is a captivating and irreverent blend of past and present, and incorporates stories and anecdotes from 36 York residents.
“As someone who lives and works in this city, it was great to spend time in a part of town that I usually only use as a shortcut.” Says Hannah Davies, Director of Common Ground Theatre. “Our city is full of history but that's not everything that's important about it. We wanted to capture a sense of now, brushing up against the past. The fragmented messy layers of it all. History is not neat. Nor is everyday life.”
She continues, “We spent a lot of time on the site at different times of day and spoke to some really interesting people whose voices appear in Conflux. I know so much about the site now, I'll never see it in the same light again!”
Conflux is the second of a trio of art commissions to be presented as part of City of York Council’s consultation on Castle Gateway, using art to reference the past whilst looking to the future of the iconic city centre site.
Tracey Carter, City of York Council’s assistant director for regeneration, economic development and asset management, said: “The Castle Gateway is such an important part of our city’s heritage – it is fantastic to see it hosting quality entertainment from local artists.
“This performance will deepen the conversation about how we respect and understand its history, while also helping to shape an exciting public space which continues its role at the heart of York.”
The project is funded through Leeds City Region Business Rates Pool, which allows local authorities to retain growth in business rates for local investment. It is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. It is also supported by City of York Council and York Mediale. Thanks also to the University of York Music Department, who have provided support for this project.
Details of how to book can be found at

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Ben Pugh
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