Giant glitter balls to light up Shambles as part of dazzling Illuminating York 2015

Grab your disco trousers and head to Shambles for Illuminating York
12 Oct 2015 @ 4.37 pm
| Entertainment, Family

Illuminating York

Oct 28-31

Illuminating York website

Shambles might be one of the most famous streets in the world, renowned for its fascinating history and picturesque present, but there’s been something sadly missing throughout its seven hundred-year history. Glitter balls.

But not anymore. York’s most visited street is getting a nightclub-style revamp as part of the 10th Illuminating York Festival, which runs from October 28-31, with an installation of glitter balls above its ancient cobbles.

The festival, which aims to help people see the city in a new light, is curated this year by artistic directors Hazel Colquhoun and Andrew Knight.

Museum Gardens lit up

Illuminata Botanica - throwing a new light on Museum Gardens
Illuminata Botanica – throwing a new light on Museum Gardens
Illuminata Botanica

Museum Gardens

£6 adult (advance ticket booking), U16 £5 (advance ticket booking), under 5s free.Available from York Theatre Royal

Among the many highlights is Illuminati Botanica which will transform the 10 acres of Museum Gardens throughout the four-day festival.

Here, light and sound will be used to make animals and plants appear to come to life in the darkness.

York’s churches will also play a starring role. Artist Nayan Kulkarni will project hundreds of candles from a single point on to the pavement outside St Helen’s, All Saints on Pavement and St Michael le Belfrey in a piece called Three Graces.

Jonathan Chomko and Matthew Rosier will take control of some of the city’s street lights as part of Watershed, which records the shadows of people walking underneath street lights and plays them back later for others to interact with.

And, in the passageway that runs alongside the Mansion House, Esther Rollinson will use light-filled clouds in her creation, Flown, to gently illuminate the space.

Flown - cloud-like creations illuminate the passageway at the Mansion House
Flown – cloud-like creations illuminate the passageway at the Mansion House

Other festival highlights

Conjuring Tommy: Viewing the First World War through the Magic Lantern

York Army Museum

October 29, 6.7.30pm


Hundred-year-old slides tell soldiers’ stories from First World War at York Army Museum. This is a rare chance to see a Victorian magic lantern.

Text:Technology, Disability & Art

According to McGee

October 30-31, 8-10pm


Light artist Nick Walters turns tweets and poems by young disabled people into text art.

The Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre

Bar Convent

October 28, 7-9pm


Costumed actors guide you round the Georgian house at night to shed light on its fascinating history.

The Bloody Tour of York: Underneath the Rose Window

York Minster

October 28, 4-8pm


Mad Alice (seems a bit harsh) divulges some of York’s more gruesome stories in a series of 90-minute tours.

Fairfax After Dark

Fairfax House

October 29-31, 7.30pm


Lord Fairfax, Miss Anne Fairfax and their staff welcome you to a candlelight performance at their home on Castlegate, giving you a rare glimpse of 18th century life.

Candle-lit Tour

Merchant Adventurers’ Hall

October 29-30, 6.30-8.30pm


A costumed guide leads candle-lit tours that bathe the historic timbers of the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall in a whole new light.

The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments

National Centre for Early Music

October 30, 7.30-8.45pm


Unusual 17th century sounds fill St Margaret’s Church as the past is given a musical airing in a modern day setting.

York Visions Talk

All Saints’ Church

October 31, 5-8pm


Find out what role one of the city’s most important churches played in the York Visions and enjoy some atmospheric Gregorian Latin chanting.

Locos in a Different Light

National Railway Museum

October 28-31, 6.30-10pm


Train fans will be getting all steamed up at the NRM as it shows off its wonderful collection of locos in a new, dimmer light.

Torch Lit Tour

York Art Gallery

October 30, 5.30-7pm


The gallery stays open later than usual to host torch-lit tours of the building at night.

Blessed City: Lamentations and Light

St Michael le Belfrey

October 31, 7.30-9.45pm


Explore the once forbidden psalm Allegri’s Miserere and listen to the Lamentations of Jeremiah set to music.

Christingle at St Helen’s Church

St Helen’s Square

October 30, 5.30pm


Christmas comes early at St Helen’s Church where a special Christingle service is being held for families. (Bring your own orange.)

Vespertine #5

York Castle Museum

October 28, 6-9pm


Pilot Theatre puts together a mix of fact and fiction in the cells of York Castle Museum to help connect with the past through specially-organised workshops.

Castle Howard Illuminated

Castle Howard

October 30, 5-7pm


Revisit one of Yorkshire’s most iconic stately homes by candle and fire-light. Even the famous Atlas Fountain gets in on the act for one night only.

Dancing in the Light

41 Fossgate

October 30, 6-7.30pm


A DJ helps three dancers confined to the limits of the shop to express themselves through colour, light and movement.