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York To Be Illuminated With Vikings

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9:05am 30th October 2013
(Updated 9:09am 30th October 2013)

This year’s Illuminating York Festival will help bring York’s intriguing Viking past to life with vibrant projections, tales, traditions and personalities on display in the city between 30 October and 2 November.  

For the first time, JORVIK Viking Centre, medieval town house Barley Hall and DIG will each have a unique illuminating offering for the event. 

The main facade of JORVIK Viking Centre will be lit up with a Viking-themed projection running between 6.30pm and 9.00pm throughout the festival. The Ice, the Land and the Sea film has been created by Manchester-based Fiske and Crofts.  It is an original commission by York Archaeological Trust that will tell the story of a young girl who travelled to York 1000 years ago and the Viking characters she met along the way.

Explains Bridget Fiske from Fiske and Crofts, “The work, which includes illustration, photography, animation and video, has a sense of magic and takes you into the world of the imagination and adventures of a young girl travelling to find her new home.   I will be performing live with the work as a point of interaction between the audience and the world of the projected work.

“The projection features voice over from actress Anna Wilson Hall in the role of a storyteller and a soundscape from Composer Miguel Marin. Emerging illustrator Maryia Khalezina has also contributed significant Illustrations to one of the stories, which offers a distinct graphic aesthetic.”

Lighting up York’s stunning medieval townhouse, the festival will bathe Barley Hall in soft candlelight, and will invite visitors to see a Viking themed animation whilst warming up with a hot drink from its medieval tavern.

At DIG on St Saviourgate, visitors will come face-to-face with Vikings in the garden encampment, see a bespoke animation from award-winning York St John University based company, Glass Cannon, and explore excavation in the interactive archaeological pits.

Sarah Maltby, director of attractions at York Archaeological Trust says, “It’s a unique opportunity for us to engage visitors with the city’s heritage through modern interpretations. We have commissioned light projections for the JORVIK Viking Festival in the past but have never projected them onto the JORVIK building itself – it will be spectacular.”

Illuminating York 2013 is supported by City of York Council, Arts Council England, Visit York, York Archaeological Trust, York St John University, English Heritage, York Museums Trust, and York residents.  See www.illuminatingyork.org for more festival information and www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk about York Archaeological Trust’s involvement‎.  For up to the minute news and information on the Festival, people can follow social media hashtag #IY2013.

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