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Theme: Performances

With an amazing array of plays, films and concerts, this year's Festival offers something for all interests and ages, from a night at the movies to Mozart's unfinished Requiem. 

What's on

Sun
25
Jun

Children, Conflict and the Art(s) of Hope

Join us for an exhibition on the life of Anne Frank and a performance by Bootham School pupils. Developed with their tutor Simon Benson, the pupils’ performance is inspired by young people’s art in response to conflicts of the past and present, and the research of the University of York’s Lisa Peschel from the AHRC-funded project Performing the Jewish Archive.

Sat
24
Jun

Children, Conflict and the Art(s) of Hope

Join us for an exhibition on the life of Anne Frank and a performance by Bootham School pupils. Developed with their tutor Simon Benson, the pupils’ performance is inspired by young people’s art in response to conflicts of the past and present, and the research of the University of York’s Lisa Peschel from the AHRC-funded project Performing the Jewish Archive.

Sun
18
Jun

LUMA Film Festival

Come along to the LUMA Film Festival for a glimpse of the future of filmmaking. As well as gala screenings of the work of budding filmmakers at the University of York, leading talent from across the UK film and television industry will give talks and run inspirational workshops.

Sat
17
Jun

Monteverdi Vespers (1641) and Carissimi Jephte

Known as ‘the other vespers’, Monteverdi’s 1641 collection Selva morale e spirituale is a greatest hits compilation from his many years’ experience as a church composer. The virtuosic settings combine a characteristic combination of weighty, expansive choral writing and exquisite vocal solos. Forming an ad hoc vespers sequence, the music performed reflects Monteverdi’s revolutionary, colourful treatment of voices and instruments.

Sat
17
Jun

LUMA Film Festival

Come along to the LUMA Film Festival for a glimpse of the future of filmmaking. As well as gala screenings of the work of budding filmmakers at the University of York, leading talent from across the UK film and television industry will give talks and run inspirational workshops.

Fri
16
Jun

Music Beyond Borders

Join Amrit Kaur Lohia, a sarangi player and vocalist in the genres of Punjabi folk, jazz and soul, as she explores ‘music beyond borders’. Through music written for women by women, and beginning with pre-partition Punjab, she tells stories of partition and the violence women experienced in 1947. The set features a sarangi instrumental, Punjabi folk songs and the poetry of acclaimed Punjabi writer, Amrita Pritam. Amrit will be accompanied by her brother Pratab Singh on tabla.

Fri
16
Jun

Music Beyond Borders

Join Amrit Kaur Lohia, a sarangi player and vocalist in the genres of Punjabi folk, jazz and soul, as she explores ‘music beyond borders’. Through music written for women by women, and beginning with pre-partition Punjab, she tells stories of partition and the violence women experienced in 1947. The set features a sarangi instrumental, Punjabi folk songs and the poetry of acclaimed Punjabi writer, Amrita Pritam. Amrit will be accompanied by her brother Pratab Singh on tabla.

Fri
16
Jun

Junior Musicians: A Story to Tell

Come along and listen to talented young musicians from Scotland’s specialist music school as they make their debut appearance at the Festival. The varied recital by junior instrumentalists from St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh features strings, woodwind, piano and saxophone - all with a story to tell.

Wed
14
Jun

University Choir and Symphony Orchestra

Walton’s dramatic work for choir and large orchestra 'Belshazzar’s Feast' tells the colourful story of the Babylonian king who, famously, saw the writing on the wall. Baritone Benedict Nelson joins the University Choir for this choral masterpiece. The University of York Symphony Orchestra also performs Berlioz’s 'Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale' and Walton’s march, 'Crown Imperial'.

Tue
13
Jun

A Comedy of Us Jews

In 1940, Jac Weinstein, a member of the Helsinki Jewish Community, wrote a light-hearted musical cabaret sketch about a Jewish clothing merchant who falls in love with a mannequin he has ordered from Paris. The only reference to the war then raging in Europe – a war Finland would join just half a year later – is a brief mention of the bombing of Paris. Discovered through the research of Simo Muir of the University of Leeds, the script has not been staged since its original production in 1940. This new translation and adaptation by Simo Muir and Lisa Peschel of the University of York, is performed by students from the University of York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television.

Tue
13
Jun

A Comedy of Us Jews

In 1940, Jac Weinstein, a member of the Helsinki Jewish Community, wrote a light-hearted musical cabaret sketch about a Jewish clothing merchant who falls in love with a mannequin he has ordered from Paris. The only reference to the war then raging in Europe – a war Finland would join just half a year later – is a brief mention of the bombing of Paris. Discovered through the research of Simo Muir of the University of Leeds, the script has not been staged since its original production in 1940. This new translation and adaptation by Simo Muir and Lisa Peschel of the University of York, is performed by students from the University of York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television.

Mon
12
Jun

A Comedy of Us Jews

In 1940, Jac Weinstein, a member of the Helsinki Jewish Community, wrote a light-hearted musical cabaret sketch about a Jewish clothing merchant who falls in love with a mannequin he has ordered from Paris. The only reference to the war then raging in Europe – a war Finland would join just half a year later – is a brief mention of the bombing of Paris. Discovered through the research of Simo Muir of the University of Leeds, the script has not been staged since its original production in 1940. This new translation and adaptation by Simo Muir and Lisa Peschel of the University of York, is performed by students from the University of York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television.

Mon
12
Jun

A Comedy of Us Jews

In 1940, Jac Weinstein, a member of the Helsinki Jewish Community, wrote a light-hearted musical cabaret sketch about a Jewish clothing merchant who falls in love with a mannequin he has ordered from Paris. The only reference to the war then raging in Europe – a war Finland would join just half a year later – is a brief mention of the bombing of Paris. Discovered through the research of Simo Muir of the University of Leeds, the script has not been staged since its original production in 1940. This new translation and adaptation by Simo Muir and Lisa Peschel of the University of York, is performed by students from the University of York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television.

Sun
11
Jun

Leeds Baroque Orchestra: Made in the North

Leeds Baroque, with their director Peter Holman, celebrates the music made and performed by 18th-century composers from the North of England, including a first modern performance of an extract from an anthem by Edmund Ayrton (1704-1808) from Ripon.

Sat
10
Jun

The Pulverised

The Pulverised is a vital new play about escaping the rat race, overcoming borders and discovering new life.

Sat
10
Jun

Road to Freedom

Enjoy an exciting joint concert by the SPON Netherlands Wind Orchestra and the University of York Wind Orchestra celebrating freedom. The programme covers a wide range of music to express the musical Road to Freedom and includes works by Elgar, The Beatles, Charles Chaplin, as well as music by composers from The Netherlands.

Sat
10
Jun

Ciné Lumière: Jour de Fête by Jacques Tati

Join us for the classic 1949 French comedy, Jour de Fête. Jacques Tati’s debut feature film, it follows a clumsy, scatter-brained postman François, who is goaded into watching a film about the efficient United States postal system at a village fair. Inspired by the film, a bumbling François sets off on his bicycle to become just like a USA mail carrier…

Sat
10
Jun

Ciné Lumière: Ridicule by Patrice Leconte

Join us for a special screening of the 1996 French comedy Ridicule, directed by Patrice Leconte. Set in the 18th century court of Louis XVI, the story examines the social injustices of late 18th century France, showing the corruption and callousness of the aristocrats.

Sat
10
Jun

The Pulverised

The Pulverised is a vital new play about escaping the rat race, overcoming borders and discovering new life.

Fri
9
Jun

The Pulverised

The Pulverised is a vital new play about escaping the rat race, overcoming borders and discovering new life.

Fri
9
Jun

A Night at the Movies with ASFF

The BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival presents a selection of outstanding films from the 2016 edition. The event features the 2015 People’s Choice winner 'Acoustic Kitty' followed by a Q&A with director Jennifer Sheridan and producer Adam Shakinovsky.

Fri
9
Jun

Treasures of the Early Baroque

Join early song specialists Musicke in the Ayre as they provide luscious lunchtime fare from France and Italy. Written by Luzzaschi, Lambert, Strozzi, Monteverdi and others for the then newly emerging all-female ensembles, these pieces became musical ‘must-haves’ in the noble courts of the time.

Thu
8
Jun

The Pulverised

The Pulverised is a vital new play about escaping the rat race, overcoming borders and discovering new life.

Thu
8
Jun

The Pulverised

The Pulverised is a vital new play about escaping the rat race, overcoming borders and discovering new life.

Wed
7
Jun

The Pulverised

The Pulverised is a vital new play about escaping the rat race, overcoming borders and discovering new life.

Wed
7
Jun

Improvisations on the Story of Things

Passion, depth of emotion and innate musical ability are demonstrated in Paul Wilkinson’s improvised piano music. Featuring beautifully crafted melodies, Paul creates his own compositions and explores and interprets the music of others, including a few popular, recognisable songs. With no absolute certainty about content, come along, sit back and enjoy a journey through the art of improvisation.

Tue
6
Jun

The Pulverised

The Pulverised is a vital new play about escaping the rat race, overcoming borders and discovering new life.

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