Danish Kings, Viking history and plank-walking as Illuminating York returns

By Jessica King | 31 October 2013

Festival preview: Illuminating York, various venues, York, until November 2 2013

A photo of an illumination on the front of a castle showing a Viking warrior lit in red
The Storyteller - Immersive and Gaia Nova's projection - is about to invade the Yorkshire Museum© Kippa Matthews
Returning by popular demand in its 9th year, York’s vibrant festival is grander and more luminous than ever before for 2013, with visitors invited to follow a trail of light installations across the city centre via two main projection sites.

As the city celebrates 1,000 years since the first Danish King of England, the programme is inspired by York’s Viking History.

Ross Ashton and Karen Monid return with Triquetera. Telling the tale of three Viking Kings of Denmark, the artwork is projected onto Clifford’s Tower, in the Eye of York, accompanied by a beautiful soundscape.

Yorkshire Museum will see Immersive team up with Gaia Nova to combine film, animation, projecting and 3D mapping in The Storyteller. Loosely based on the legend of Eric Bloodaxe, their narration promises to be visually dynamic and illuminating.

Alongside the main events, there is a whole host of glowing activities and fringe events on offer.

New commission SPARK will see five emerging artists illuminate trees in a trail of their own artworks.

Renowned artists Walk the Plank will be creating a fiery sculpture installation by the river, whilst in Parliament Street, Same Sky will be creating Thor’s Oak – a tree of light.

There is also the opportunity to see iconic visitor attractions at night in a series of exclusive after-hours tours, light installations and special candlelit performances.

This enchanting trail will challenge residents and visitors to see the city in a different light.


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More pictures:

A photo of an illumination on the front of a castle showing a Viking warrior lit in red
© Kippa Matthews
A photo of an illumination of multicoloured circles and Viking implements on a castle
Clifford's Tower, built by William the Conqueror, will welcome Triquetra© Kippa Matthews
A photo of various illuminations projected onto a castle on top of a hill
© Kippa Matthews
A photo of a projection showing a Medieval woman in a forest illuminated by green lights
Yorkshire Museum will reflect the legend of Eric Bloodaxe, a Viking king whose goal to enter Valhalla was thwarted by his thirst for battle© Kippa Matthews
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Went to see this display Wednesday 30th October and wow fantastic, excellent showing and it was free. Well done York cracking city. Thank you.
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