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YHA See York in a different light
    10/10/2013 10:27

See York in a different light

York is one of Yorkshire's biggest tourist magnets, attracting millions of visitors each and every year to its mediaeval walls and gothic Minster, as well as its range of museums on everything from Viking history to the railways. However, once a year, visitors get to see the city in a very different light.

Illuminating York is now into its ninth year, combining cutting-edge technology with York's historic buildings to create a visually stunning spectacle. The 2013 edition, taking place between Wednesday October 30th and Saturday November 2nd, features 11 brand-new pieces of illuminated artwork as part of the 'Illuminating the Past, Enlightening the Future' theme. This embraces York's rich Viking heritage to mark 1,000 years since King Sweyn 'Forkbeard' of Denmark was named the King of England. 

The Museum Gardens will see the Immersive and Gaia Nova teams host a "unique projection experience", combining film and animation to tell the story of Viking king Eric Bloodaxe. At Clifford's Tower, meanwhile, the tales of three Viking kings - including Sweyn Forkbeard - will be projected onto the monument by Ross Ashton, who holds a Guinness World Record in projection.

At York St John's University, emerging artists will be showcasing their work, with personal takes on the theme 'Tree of Life', which was a very important part of the Viking belief system. Explore the home of the gods and watch the Tree grow with beams of light and shadow puppets. 

A number of other smaller events are taking place at attractions throughout the city; the National Railway Museum will be lighting up locomotives as part of the Mallard 75 season of events, while York's haunted history will be explored with eerie lighting and flickering candles illuminating duelling swordsmen and Roman soldiers at the Treasurer's House.

York Minster is the centrepiece of the city's tourist attractions, and throughout Illuminating York stunning spirals of light will be projected onto the outside of the cathedral and the knaves and stairwells within it. Naturally, the Jorvik Viking Centre will be joining in with the theme, bringing Viking citizens of York to life with their exciting displays.

Local restaurants are also joining in with the event, and many are offering special discounted rates on food and drinks throughout the festival. You can find a full list of the discounts available at the Illuminating York website.

YHA runs a fantastic hostel in the heart of York, just a ten-minute walk from the very centre of the city along the picturesque River Ouse. With beds from just £15 and rooms from only £26, it's a great place to base a short break in the city and take advantage of the wonderful attractions, activities and nightlife that York has to offer.

By A Hosteller

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