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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 by the University of York Jazz Orchestra, and Iranian sisters Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat will inspire and entertain; Carnival Street Drumming will allow you to have a chance to have a go, and the LUMA Film Festival will showcase the fascinating world of film-making including hands-on workshops.

Upcoming performances and films

Past performances and films

In Fog and Falling Snow

Friday 26 June 2015

Told by a cast of over 200, audiences will move through the National Railway Museum’s collections and end up in a new purpose-built theatre. Experience an amazing story about George Hudson’s struggle to build the East Coast rail network, brought vividly to life by the people of York.

York Design Awards 2015 Presentation Event

Wednesday 24 June 2015

York Design Awards exist to promote excellence in architectural design and conservation in the York local authority area. Good sustainable design and conservation support York’s special heritage and contribute to the well-being of its residents and visitors. Attend the 9th annual awards event and view presentations of the 2015 winning schemes.

Citizen Four – Documentary screening

Sunday 21 June 2015

When film-maker Laura Poitros and journalist Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong to meet whistleblower Edward Snowden for the first time, Poitros took her camera with her. The result is Citizen Four, a real life espionage story unfolding minute by minute. Join us for a special screening of the Brit4 Oscar and Bafta winning documentary.

Alan Barnes and David Newton in concert

Friday 19 June 2015

A hugely entertaining programme of straight ahead jazz flawlessly played and interspersed with lots of anecdotes.

Carnival Street Drumming

Friday 19 June 2015

An introduction to the carnival rhythms of Brazil through a hands-on drumming workshop.

Demons

Thursday 18 June 2015

A contemporary adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s novel by Hannah Davies and Tom Cornford with students from TFTV in association with Common Ground Theatre and The Fleeting Arms. Demons explores a small group of activists as they begin to grow. They are determined to fight the grotesque inequalities that surround them. But how can they change them and how far should they go? This production relocates Dostoyevsky’s story to the present day and asks what we should be prepared to do to make a new world.

Demons

Wednesday 17 June 2015

A production of Dostoevsky's Demons.

University Choir and Symphony Orchestra: War requiem

Wednesday 17 June 2015

Britten's War Requiem performed in the stunning venue of York Minster.

Demons

Sunday 14 June 2015

A production of Dostoevsky's Demons.

L’image Manquante - The Missing Picture

Sunday 14 June 2015

Using animation, archival footage and narration, The Missing Picture is a documentary that recreates the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge in 1975-79.

Channel 4: Random Acts

Sunday 14 June 2015

A showing of a selection of past Random Acts films by Channel 4.

Demons

Saturday 13 June 2015

A production of Dostoevsky's Demons.

Kathakali: Family concert

Saturday 13 June 2015

Take a sleeping princess, her evil step-mother, a handsome prince, add the excitement, spectacle and bright colours of India and you have ‘Hima Sundari’ a story similar to Snow White.

LUMA Film Festival

Saturday 13 June 2015

Join LUMA for film screenings, workshops, masterclasses and to take a glimpse at the future of filmmaking.

The Whispering Road

Friday 12 June 2015

A riotous roller-coaster of a story, soaring from tenderness to wild hilarity, all in a perfectly formed folk tale, The Whispering Road is a story you will never forget. An evening of fantastic story telling with Nick Hennessy presented by Serious Kitchen.

Demons

Friday 12 June 2015

A production of Dostoevsky's Demons.

Sir Jack Lyons Showcase Concert

Friday 12 June 2015

A showcase of some of the University of York Music Department's outstanding student singers and chamber music players.

An Evening of Medieval Poetry

Thursday 11 June 2015

Come join us at the resplendent Holy Trinity Church for a candlelit evening of medieval poetry recital in conjunction with the University of York and the Churches' Conservation Trust. With readings from Beowulf to Tolkien, share in the echoing acoustics of one of York’s best-kept secrets.

University of York Jazz Orchestra

Wednesday 10 June 2015

The University of York Jazz Orchestra presents arrangements of the music of The Blue Notes.

Organ Vespers

Wednesday 10 June 2015

Join St Helen’s Church for Organ Vespers, inspired by Secrets and Discoveries.

The Poet and the Spy

Tuesday 9 June 2015

A feast of poems, both spoken and sung, by Shakespeare and Sir Fulke Greville, performed by lutenist-singer Helen Atkinson. Poems provided by Richard Rastall.

Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat

Saturday 6 June 2015

A chance to hear the Iranian vocalists, the Vahdat sisters, in concert.

Sisters: A preview

Saturday 6 June 2015

A chance to see Emmy award-winning producer, Andrew Smith’s, beautiful film Sisters.

The Mozart Question

Friday 5 June 2015

In partnership with York Minster, author Michael Morpurgo is joined by actress Alison Reid, violinist Daniel Pioro and The Storyteller’s Ensemble. Together they interweave words and music, to tell his haunting tale of survival against the odds, set against the background of the Holocaust.