Council supports new arts festival

26 Jul 2013 @ 1.05 pm
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Issued by City of York Council

City of York Council is supporting a new arts festival, that looks to promote equality and diversity, which will be held in the city on Saturday 10 August.

The Guildhall in St Helen’s Square will play host to a variety of events as part of the 2013 York Lesbian Arts Festival. The event focuses on diversity and difference in the performing arts with an emphasis on equality and space for all to prosper in York.

Councillor Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, who will be speaking at the event, said: “I am delighted that City of York Council is supporting this inaugural event which looks to celebrate diversity within the city.

“I have equalities in my cabinet portfolio but it’s also something I’m personally passionate about.

“We’re backing the event and I’m speaking at it because it’s a quality offering, it supports equalities and diversity – something we as a council are committed to through our Equality Scheme launched earlier this year – as well as offering a new addition to the calendar in this, a city of festivals!

“This thought-provoking festival runs between 10am and 5pm on Saturday and includes varied events such as an all female interpretation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, a talk by author Ellen Dean and the Zhen Shan Ren art exhibition which promises to make for a great event.”

Mei Wilshire, Producer of the York Lesbian Arts Festival said: “The festival is a new initiative incorporating male art to promote equality in this great city which constantly welcomes new ideas. With a range of the events housed in the wonderful Guildhall the festival looks to add to York’s richness and history.

“I believe that in order to create equality, everybody should be incorporated, which is why everyone is welcome to attend this event.”

Festival tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions and can be bought on the day at the Guildhall. For more information please visit the festival website.