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Performances and films

A wide variety of performances and films are being shown as part of the 2014 York Festival of Ideas. Concerts will mark the centenary of the start of the First World War; fans of Restoration comedy will enjoy The Provoked Wife, and the LUMA Film Festival will showcase the fascinating world of film-making including hands-on workshops.

Available for several days during the festival

The Jekyll & Hyde Case

Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 June, 7.30pm - 10pm

A contemporary retelling of the classic Jekyll & Hyde story exploring the darker side of human morality.

TRANSMISSION Contemporary Dance

Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 June, 7pm to 8pm, 8.15pm to 9.15pm

Inspired by the similarities between the spread of ‘infectious’ ideas through social networks, an award-winning team of artists, scientists, musicians and dancers combine cutting-edge technology and fluid movement to create a sonic and visual world where even the smallest interactions leave behind a trace.

Upcoming performances and films

Past performances and films

The Provoked Wife

Sunday 22 June 2014

John Vanbrugh’s hilarious play takes a witty look at marriage, courtship and temptation.

LUMA Film Festival 2014

Sunday 22 June 2014

A glimpse at the future of British film with hands-on practical workshops, writing masterclasses and screenings of student film-making.

It’s not just about the First World War

Sunday 22 June 2014

At the turn of the 20th century, a new modern world was forming.

The Provoked Wife

Saturday 21 June 2014

John Vanbrugh’s hilarious play takes a witty look at marriage, courtship and temptation.

LUMA Film Festival 2014

Saturday 21 June 2014

A glimpse at the future of British film with hands-on practical workshops, writing masterclasses and screenings of student film-making.

Yorkshire in the Bronze Age

Saturday 21 June 2014

This family-friendly event brings to life the Yorkshire in the Bronze Age exhibition

The Provoked Wife

Friday 20 June 2014

John Vanbrugh’s hilarious play takes a witty look at marriage, courtship and temptation.

Kolon Chamber Choir

Friday 20 June 2014

A concert by Norwegian Chamber Choir ‘Kolon’, performing a range of works including Norwegian fold melodies, spirituals and contemporary pieces.

Poetry and Illness

Thursday 19 June 2014

Nationally renowned poets Simon Armitage, Gillian Clarke, and Blake Morrison come together for a unique event to consider the relationship between poetry and ill-health

Trumpeter, What Are You Sounding Now?

Thursday 19 June 2014

A centenary concert paying tribute to the 55 men of St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, who lost their lives in the First World War.

Theatre of War: Whose side are you on?

Wednesday 18 June 2014

Two University of York PhD playwrights explore their political response to the First World War through the people who lived through it

In the Beginning and What Came After

Tuesday 17 June 2014

Join storytellers Alice Courvoisier and Cath Heinemeyer, and musicians Tamasin and Ian Graham, for tales from (among others) ancient civilisations, dark English boglands and science fiction

Poetry and Ill Health: Words for important times

Tuesday 17 June 2014

Nationally renowned poet Ian McMillan accompanied by the acclaimed poet Peter Sansom will read from their own work and from the canon of English literature on the subject of ill-health.

Jane’s story: a story of a young person’s struggle with a chronic health issue

Tuesday 17 June 2014

First-hand accounts of young people with chronic health conditions, presented through the voice of one young woman, ‘Jane’

Order and Chaos and Music

Monday 16 June 2014

Join David Howard as he explores notions of order and chaos and music in the context of live musical illustrative examples. The event will include audience participation!

Apocalypse and Ruin

Saturday 14 June 2014

An exciting choral concert by three composers from York St John University.

The Great War Centenary Concert

Saturday 14 June 2014

With flapper classics including ‘Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue’ and other Charlestons, plus favourite Great War-era songs Sara Spade’s high-energy uke-playing with her Noisy Boys trio, plus her retro-swing pop originals never fails to get feet tapping!

York Carnival 2014

Saturday 14 June 2014

A family day of free music, stalls and a parade, organised by students from the University of York.

Space F!ght: Audio Visual Experience of Ozone Data

Friday 13 June 2014

Space F!ght is an audio-visual show which uses satellite ozone data to control improvisation and 3D visualisations

The Flower Mound Chamber Singers

Friday 13 June 2014

Join the Flower Mound Chamber Singers from Texas as they perform a selection of works.

Science Museum Live presents: The Energy Show Thursday 12th June

Thursday 12 June 2014

Two futuristic science students race against time to prove their knowledge of energy - they explore, experiment and explode anything and everything they can find, live on stage

Science Museum Live presents: The Energy Show Wednesday 11th June

Wednesday 11 June 2014

Two futuristic science students race against time to prove their knowledge of energy - they explore, experiment and explode anything and everything they can find, live on stage