Performances and films

Past events

Britten: War Requiem

Wednesday 20 June 2018

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

LUMA Film Festival

Sunday 17 June 2018

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.

Space. Planets. Stars.

Saturday 16 June 2018

Brought to you by irlYork, Space. Planets. Stars. will take you on a journey of discovery, as it tests the strength and potential of humankind. While the USA and Russia were head to head in a race to reach space, Britain was on the brink of its own discoveries. A group of scientists, from Britain and India, put their heads together in what becomes a race for the creation of new life. But how far would you go to reach your full potential?

LUMA Film Festival

Saturday 16 June 2018

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.

Space. Planets. Stars.

Friday 15 June 2018

Brought to you by irlYork, Space. Planets. Stars. will take you on a journey of discovery, as it tests the strength and potential of humankind. While the USA and Russia were head to head in a race to reach space, Britain was on the brink of its own discoveries. A group of scientists, from Britain and India, put their heads together in what becomes a race for the creation of new life. But how far would you go to reach your full potential?

Foundations of House

Friday 15 June 2018

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.

Dogmatic

Friday 15 June 2018

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.

Galina Vale: Guitar virtuoso

Friday 15 June 2018

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.

Chamber Music Masterpieces: String quartets

Thursday 14 June 2018

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.

Space. Planets. Stars.

Thursday 14 June 2018

Brought to you by irlYork, Space. Planets. Stars. will take you on a journey of discovery, as it tests the strength and potential of humankind. While the USA and Russia were head to head in a race to reach space, Britain was on the brink of its own discoveries. A group of scientists, from Britain and India, put their heads together in what becomes a race for the creation of new life. But how far would you go to reach your full potential?

Ciné Lumière: Merci Patron!

Thursday 14 June 2018

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.

Life, Death and Transcendence: Schubert’s string quintet

Thursday 14 June 2018

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.

Beer and Beowulf: Fantastic poetry

Wednesday 13 June 2018

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.

Space. Planets. Stars.

Wednesday 13 June 2018

Brought to you by irlYork, Space. Planets. Stars. will take you on a journey of discovery, as it tests the strength and potential of humankind. While the USA and Russia were head to head in a race to reach space, Britain was on the brink of its own discoveries. A group of scientists, from Britain and India, put their heads together in what becomes a race for the creation of new life. But how far would you go to reach your full potential?

In/Hospitable

Wednesday 13 June 2018

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

Liquid Traces: The left-to-die boat case

Wednesday 13 June 2018

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.

Sherlock Holmes Investigates the Impossible

Tuesday 12 June 2018

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.

We Are the Dreamers of Dreams

Monday 11 June 2018

‘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.

Ciné Lumière: L'homme de Rio

Monday 11 June 2018

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.

Liquid Traces: The left-to-die boat case

Sunday 10 June 2018

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.

My Life as of NAO

Saturday 9 June 2018

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

AnDa Union: From the Steppes to the city

Saturday 9 June 2018

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.

You Are Wolf: Keld

Friday 8 June 2018

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

The Chimera Ensemble

Friday 8 June 2018

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.

My Life as of NAO

Friday 8 June 2018

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

Prison Terminal: Dying in prison

Friday 8 June 2018

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.

From Iowa, USA to York: Choral concert

Friday 8 June 2018

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

My Life as of NAO

Thursday 7 June 2018

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

Liquid Traces: The left-to-die boat case

Wednesday 6 June 2018

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.

Frankenstein: A night at the movies

Wednesday 6 June 2018

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.

The Mozart Question: Music and story in performance

Tuesday 5 June 2018

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.