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Illuminating York a success

Illuminating York a success

6:16pm 2nd November 2010
(Updated 6:17pm 2nd November 2010)

York's illuminating Festival has drawn in over 50,000 visitors to the city.

That's double the figures for 2009 and a record.

Officials say it shows York's night time economy has the potential to grow.

Gillian Cruddas, Chief Executive of Visit York today said:

"We are delighted with attendance at the festival, Rose was truly magnificent while the other satellite and fringe events showcased York by night, bringing visitors and residents together and generating a significant boost to the local economy.  Our PR and marketing campaign has generated interest not just in Yorkshire but all over the world, with Illuminating York being featured in the media from San Francisco to Brisbane."

Cllr Nigel Ayre Executive Member for Leisure, Culture & Social Inclusion. City of York Council today said: 

"This festival is proof of York’s innovative and creative energy and that York’s night time economy has the potential to grow, bringing families into the city in the evening and creating a wonderful atmosphere."

Created by international artists Ross Ashton and Karen Monid, Rose was a 10 minute evolving piece which ran on a continuous loop throughout the night. It was created using imagery from the York Minster and Museums archive and featured a soundtrack of poetry and music.  Audiences of all ages watched transfixed as the South Side of the Minster became a canvas for a son et lumiere exploring the significance of the Rose. 

For those who missed it this year, put next year’s dates in your diary, plans are underway for the 7th Illuminating York Festival, provisional dates are 26th – 29th October 2011.


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