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Illuminating York Celebrates the Spirit of Yorkshire

Event, York, North Yorkshire

Hundreds of people turned out to take in the sixth annual event of the Illuminating York Festival which began yesterday evening and claims to be the first use of the minster as a canvas for a true 'son et lumiere'.

Supported by the Arts Council England, City of York Council, Visit York and Welcome to Yorkshire, the Illuminating York Festival is an outdoor lighting show using projection technologies to celebrate the city's unique architecture and history.

The event saw the Minster's Rose Window projected onto the South Transept in a blaze of light an colour.

Gillian Cruddas, Chief Executive of Visit York said, "Illuminating York is a fantastic opportunity to showcase York's innovative and creative edge, set against the backdrop of the city's stunning architecture. We're delighted that this year the artists will be using imagery to reflect the spirit of Yorkshire and it's fitting that the Minster's Rose window will be the focus of this."

Projection artist Ross Ashton said, "From its deep rooted history as the emblem of Yorkshire to its representation of mythology, love, marriage, religion and the beauty of the Virgin Mary, the rose has many different meanings. Our artistic representation will look to rediscover these meanings taking the viewer on an enchanting and creative journey.

"We wish to celebrate the Rose in all its aspects, as a symbol of Yorkshire, as a geometrical shape and a focus for contemplation, as a symbol of perfection and purity and of course as a symbol of perfect love."

A programme of fringe events also began, with the area surrounding the Minster offering a visitors trail of art and light. Several of the city's visitor attractions are also hosting events.

Article: 28 October 2010

Illuminating York Website http://www.illuminatingyork.org.uk/

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