Performances and films

Tue
5
Jun

The Mozart Question: Music and story in performance

Author Michael Morpurgo returns to York with a moving performance of his book, The Mozart Question – a remarkable story of friendship and family, truth and secrets, set against the background of the Holocaust.

Wed
6
Jun

Frankenstein: A night at the movies

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, we present aspecial festival screening of the 1931 film adaptation of the same name. The screening will be introduced by Jon Mee and Mary Fairclough of the University of York.

Wed
6
Jun

Liquid Traces: The left-to-die boat case

Join us for a film screening of Liquid Traces: The Left-to-Die Boat Case (2014) directed by Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani (Forensic Oceanography). The screening will be introduced by Martha Cattell and Kyveli Lignou-Tsamantani, Art History PhD Students at the University of York.

Thu
7
Jun

My Life as of NAO

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been cancelled.

Fri
8
Jun

From Iowa, USA to York: Choral concert

American choristers from Iowa City West High School present a varied programme of music constructed around our Festival theme ‘imagining the impossible’.

Fri
8
Jun

Prison Terminal: Dying in prison

Join us for a special screening of Prison Terminal, a poignant Oscar-nominated documentary about the last days of a terminally ill man in a USA prison and the hospice volunteers, themselves prisoners, caring for him.

Fri
8
Jun

My Life as of NAO

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been cancelled.

Fri
8
Jun

The Chimera Ensemble

The Chimera Ensemble, the University of York’s new music group, presents an eclectic mix of contemporary works. These include Romitelli’s Francis Bacon-inspired Blood on the Floor, Painting, a brooding piece; and Louis Andriessen’s energetic and violent piece, Workers Union, as well as new works by student composers.

Fri
8
Jun

You Are Wolf: Keld

You Are Wolf, an alt-folk band, explore traditional songs and stories through bold arrangements influenced by leftfield pop, new classical music and electronica.

Sat
9
Jun

AnDa Union: From the Steppes to the city

From the Steppes to the City is a rare insight into a forgotten land and nomadic life on the furthest edges of China, home to more than six million Mongolians. The documentary film, directed by Sophie Lascelles and Tim Pearce, follows AnDa Union, a ten-strong group of young musicians, as they travel through the beautiful grasslands of Inner Mongolia.

Sat
9
Jun

My Life as of NAO

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been cancelled.

Sun
10
Jun

Liquid Traces: The left-to-die boat case

Join us for a film screening of Liquid Traces: The Left-to-Die Boat Case (2014) directed by Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani (Forensic Oceanography). The screening will be introduced by Martha Cattell and Kyveli Lignou-Tsamantani, Art History PhD Students at the University of York.

Mon
11
Jun

Ciné Lumière: L'homme de Rio

Join us a special film screening of the 1964 comedy classic L'Homme de Rio (That Man from Rio) directed by Philippe de Broca. Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Françoise Dorléac, it follows the extravagant adventures of a young man who comes to the rescue of his girlfriend who has been abducted by thieves and brought to Rio.

Mon
11
Jun

We Are the Dreamers of Dreams

‘We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams …’ York Musical Society sings Elgar’s setting of O’Shaughnessy’s poem The Music Makers, together with Brahms’ Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) at this open rehearsal.

Tue
12
Jun

Sherlock Holmes Investigates the Impossible

Join us for an event introduced by Ben Poore of the University of York and watch a selection of supernatural scenes from Sherlock Holmes stage dramas performed by University of York students, as well as having an opportunity to join in the discussion.

Wed
13
Jun

Liquid Traces: The left-to-die boat case

Join us for a film screening of Liquid Traces: The Left-to-Die Boat Case (2014) directed by Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani (Forensic Oceanography). The screening will be introduced by Martha Cattell and Kyveli Lignou-Tsamantani, Art History PhD Students at the University of York.

Wed
13
Jun

In/Hospitable

At Carrel Psychiatric Hospital something has changed. The impossible has happened and keeps happening.

Wed
13
Jun

Space. Planets. Stars.

A talented young astronomer pitches up to the interview of a lifetime – and can hardly believe it when she gets the job. Excited to enter the world of work, she soon discovers that the opportunities for a woman to undertake her own projects are few and far between - particularly as she must compete with her colleague, for whom the stakes are even higher.

Wed
13
Jun

Beer and Beowulf: Fantastic poetry

A retinue of reciters, led by Matthew Townend of the University of York, will perform a selection of Anglo-Saxon and Norse poetry, both in translation and in the original. There’ll also be an opportunity to try some Eoforwic Ale, a beer brewed specially for York Festival of Ideas by the Leeds Brewery.

Thu
14
Jun

Life, Death and Transcendence: Schubert’s string quintet

How, in this difficult and painful situation, did Schubert commit to paper a score of such transcendental beauty? What is it that enables the dots on the pages of the score to move us to the core 200 years later? Join the Rev Canon Chris Collingwood, Canon Chancellor of York Minster, as he reflects on these and other questions; and not just concerning Schubert’s late works, but for music generally that seems to be able to transcend space and time like no other art form. Chris’ talk is followed by a performance of Schubert’s String Quintet by the internationally renowned Festival Artists of York Chamber Music Festival.

Thu
14
Jun

Ciné Lumière: Merci Patron!

Merci Patron! (Thanks Boss!) is an award-winning documentary directed by journalist and social activist François Ruffin. A box office success in France, the 2016 film is critical of the practice of outsourcing French jobs to foreign labour abroad. It follows a family fired by a company owned by LVMH (Group owned by French billionaire Bernard Arnault) who, with the help of the movie director, seek reparation from their previous employer.

Thu
14
Jun

Space. Planets. Stars.

A talented young astronomer pitches up to the interview of a lifetime – and can hardly believe it when she gets the job. Excited to enter the world of work, she soon discovers that the opportunities for a woman to undertake her own projects are few and far between - particularly as she must compete with her colleague, for whom the stakes are even higher.

Thu
14
Jun

Chamber Music Masterpieces: String quartets

Internationally renowned Festival Artists of York Chamber Music Festival present two chamber music masterpieces – Mozart’s String Quartet in G Major and Brahms’ String Quartet in C Minor.

Fri
15
Jun

Galina Vale: Guitar virtuoso

Flamboyant international guitar diva, Galina Vale, plays a programme of flamenco and classical pieces. A child prodigy raised in a family of musicians, Galina’s performing career began at the age of eight with an appearance on Ukrainian State Television.

Fri
15
Jun

Dogmatic

Jamal used to be dogmatic. Well, he still slightly is. But now he is more open to hearing different opinions. Exploring free speech, Facebook debates, police brutality, privilege and self-reflection, DOGMATIC focuses on what happened when Jamal became more aware of racial inequality and how he allowed this to consume him.

Fri
15
Jun

Foundations of House

In 1972 something happened. A new sound from underground parties held in basements and lofts across Manhattan began to permeate the concrete and steel of the city: disco. For the ensuing half a century the thump of disco’s bass drum has been the heartbeat of nightlife. However, it is so much more than just a beat. It is moving, living, breathing history.

Fri
15
Jun

Space. Planets. Stars.

A talented young astronomer pitches up to the interview of a lifetime – and can hardly believe it when she gets the job. Excited to enter the world of work, she soon discovers that the opportunities for a woman to undertake her own projects are few and far between - particularly as she must compete with her colleague, for whom the stakes are even higher.

Sat
16
Jun

Space. Planets. Stars.

A talented young astronomer pitches up to the interview of a lifetime – and can hardly believe it when she gets the job. Excited to enter the world of work, she soon discovers that the opportunities for a woman to undertake her own projects are few and far between - particularly as she must compete with her colleague, for whom the stakes are even higher.

Sun
17
Jun

LUMA Film Festival

Now in its seventh year, the LUMA Film Festival was created by University of York students to champion the work of the Department of Theatre, Film and Television. As well as screenings of student work, the event includes talks and workshops from leading professionals in the UK film and television industry. Past student work screened at LUMA has gone on to win awards and recognition at both national and international level.

Wed
20
Jun

Britten: War Requiem

Marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, the University Choir and Symphony Orchestra present Britten’s searing War Requiem.

Past events