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Dear One&Other We have reached the age of enlightenment - a time One&Other (and York) have been plotting since it began and one which has been every bit as fun as we could have imagined. However, this month, first things first: I would like to say a big One&Other farewell to my business partner in crime Stuart Goulden. We have worked in very close proximity for four years now and his love and dedication to this project has played a huge part in what One&Other is today. Now, I am taking full reins of our baby and will ensure his pride in this epic project stays intact and true to what we set out to do. Now, in the age of enlightenment - with focus on this cultural intellectualism - we celebrate art in this glorious townâ€Ś and what a prosperous month to do so.
We have Warhol, Wonnacott, arts prizes, open studios and a delicious amount of our lesser-spoken history. From the eccentric (often unknown) world of Doctor Kirk to a drinking history that Charles Dickens would be proud of. Stay with us and let us stimulate all of your senses into a celebration of individualism, reason and first and, foremost, this magical world we inhabit.
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THE NEWS IN BRIEF York’s First Independent Record Label Fayre
York Libraries to Become a Social Enterprise
Saturday 29 March sees York’s first ever Independent Record Label Fayre. The independent record label Bad Paintings and retro haven The Inkwell on Gillygate have joined forces to host an event like nothing else York has ever seen. The fayre is from 10am-5pm and will include local independent record labels such as Desert Mine Music, Sea Records and Sweet Sue Records. An exclusive 10% discount off The Inkwell will also be available to those who purchase products from the local label or artist. This promises to be a truly special event.
Change is afoot in York’s libraries. On 1 April 2014, they will all become a ‘community benefit society’, meaning that they will still be predominantly council funded, but will be run on an independent basis with the rest funded by staff and York residents who will be elected as board members. The decision has been met with trepidation because of the potential financial implications, but it only costs £1 so for members it seems fairly low-risk. This transfer of power is said to be the first of its kind in the country.
Grayson Perry is Coming to York Yorkshire Museum has been successful in their bid to bring Grayson Perry to York. They competed alongside three other London museums for the honour of having the artist join them for what is to be a very special game of teddy bear hide and seek. The Turner Prize-winning artist will be arriving on 15 May as part of the national Museum at Night event. The Yorkshire Museum received the most votes in Museum at Night’s history. Gaby Lees, assistant curator of art learning, said: “Our bear campaign really seemed to capture the imagination of people.”
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THE ZEITGEIST House Music “York has no house music scene”, so I heard someone say the other day. Wrong. At a time when love them or loathe them, the charts are filled with Skrillex, Swedish House Mafia and every starlet seems in love with the synth, York has its own very diverse electronic music scene... the decision to start Anonymous Records, the waves being made by artists like Girls on Drugs. The plethora of independent nights being started by students, incomers, newcomers, old timers like Paul and Richard at Earworm Records, show us that house music is here and house music is now.
Hidden is Back: Uniting Social Issues Part II
York is filled with beauty, celebrated for its achievements and accolades. Yet poverty is hidden within its infamous walls. Back in 2012 New Visuality and One&Other partnered to bring York a new arts prize. ‘Hidden’ looked at the cloaking of poverty in our city, brought to life and spoken through three categories; painting, illustration and photography. Now re-launching at the beginning of March, Hidden II is looking to represent the voices of artists across the city, and have them heard through a culminating exhibition in June, public events and prize soon to be revealed.
2012 saw two epic pieces of popular theatre hit our shores: the Olympic Opening Ceremony and the long-awaited revival of York’s Mystery Plays. In York this trend has only grown and continued. From Theatre Mill’s immersive offerings, through the epic performances like the Mystery Plays, returning to the city’s streets this year, to the left field offerings at the new bi-monthly Salacious Live Alternative Performance (SLAP) events and the work of the Flanagan Collective. York truly punches above its weight when it comes to making an audience part of a production.
FOCUS ON THE PASSIONS AT YORK MINSTER s Easter approaches, York Minster is preparing to mark the season with a series of concerts and services which tell the story of the Passion of Christ – Jesus’ arrest and later crucifixion. The concert programme runs from 27 March to 12 April, when the York Minster Choir will perform JS Bach’s St John Passion as the finale to the musical collection. Guest soloists will perform key roles including Pilate, Christ and the Evangelist, whilst the soaring choruses and triumphant finale chorale will be sung by the choir. “We performed this to a wonderful reception last year, so we are delighted to give people another chance to hear this breathtaking sacred oratorio,” comments York Minster’s Director of Music, Robert Sharpe.
Other concerts in the season include St Peter’s School Choral and Orchestral Concert on 27 March, which will feature the music of Elgar, Bruch and Goodall, and a performance of the ever-popular Handel’s Messiah on 29 March by York Musical Society. A contemporary setting of the St John Passion by Bob Chilcott will receive its northern premiere at York Minster on 5 April when it is performed by the Chapter House Choir, and on 11 April the Ebor Singers’ concert will be lit by candlelight and progress to darkness to explore the context of the season. As the concert season concludes, York Minster hosts its Palm Sunday procession on 13 April when a donkey leads people from St Helen’s Square for a service at the Minster which marks the start of
Holy Week, the church’s preparation for Easter. During Holy Week visitors are welcome to attend the cathedral’s evening service at 5.15pm each day, which includes Evensong sung in the Quire, as well as services of Compline on 14, 15 and 16 April at 7.30pm. For those who simply want to explore one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Europe, there are plenty of things to see and do for visitors of all ages throughout the Easter holidays. Free Easter trails for children and families will be available from Palm Sunday onwards, and themed Little Explorer Backpacks are available to borrow free of charge to help younger visitors explore the Minster. In the North Transept, the Easter Garden will bring the outside inside, with flowers and plants displayed
around the base of three crosses beneath the Five Sisters window. York Minster’s new visitor attraction, Revealing York Minster in the Undercroft, is also open daily, telling the 2000 year story of the site, from the Romans to those who work in and around the Minster in the 21st Century. Visitors can also see some of the Medieval masterpieces in stained glass up close in The Orb, which features panels that have been conserved from the Great East Window, the world’s largest expanse of medieval stained glass. Tickets and further details for all the events are available via the York Minster website at www.yorkminster.org or by calling the Box Office on 01904 557208.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED WITH THE TOUR! t’s hard to ignore the endless sea of yellow posters that are beginning to descend on our already vibrant city. This summer will see the 101st Tour de France; it will be broadcast in 188 countries and is expected to have an audience of around 3.5 billion. 200 of the world’s best cyclists will set off from York as part of the Grand Départ Stage 2, a key event in the 21 stage race which covers approximately 3,500km in total. So it’s a big deal: York is going to be on the TV screens of almost half the world’s population. City of York Council have begun a campaign to prove that York is the perfect city to host this
extraordinary event (which it is) and there are so many ways in which you can help to show off our beautiful city when 3.5 billion people turn on their televisions on 6 July… Are you an amateur artist who is looking to hone your ever-growing talent? An astonishing 500-metre long cycling-themed painting is being produced, with 500 individual pieces of art making up the final product. It will be viewed from the sky by billions of people! Street parties have become an increasingly British pastime, and if you’re looking for help with hosting your own to celebrate the Tour, go to www.yorkfestivals.com.
If you’re more the virtuoso type, on 6 July, along the route, there will be a chance for you to perform a specially commissioned Grand Depart anthem, but here’s the catch – you have to come up with your own version of this Tour de France anthem. An educational pack will be available to download for 7-14 year olds, so that people of all ages can get involved with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Downloadable guidance will be available if you York the colour of ‘that jersey’. Merchandise will be available from www.letour.york.gov.uk so you can welcome in the Tour in style.
community volunteering projects – check out their website for more information. Finally, you can help welcome in the Tour by making bright, colourful banners representing you or an organisation you belong to; how about the company you work for or a local Scout group you volunteer at? Let’s make this a Tour no-one will forget! Tour de France Grand Départ 2014 starts on 5 July
y 2016, City Of York Council will attempt to have saved £74 million since 2010/2011. This was issued in a statement by Kersten England, Chief Executive of City of York Council, and was announced amid talks on the new budget proposal discussed on 11 February. The total of £74 million will be found with the reduction of £10.7 million in 2014/15 and a further £12.7 million in 2015/16. The total saving of £23.4 million will be attained via service reviews and the maximisation of new economy streams which will help to pump new money in.
city job market and growing York’s economy. This further focus on the economy showcases it as a major priority with the council.
The new budget will aim to give a long-term commitment on furthering York’s budget, which would result in a fairer city for all its inhabitants. This will be done by focusing the budget’s attention towards the job market with plans to invest in the
There are also plans for further investments with there being a £2.5 million set aside for adult care services in 2014/15. It was said that by 2019/20 that adult care services will take up 50 percent of council’s net budget.
Another priority is the aim of maintaining their previous promise of financial inclusion of all York residents through its financial inclusion strategy. A sign of the council’s intentions was shown with the announcement that there will be an investment of £200,000 in the Financial Assistance Scheme. This will ensure the continuation of City of York residents will have access to quality financial and debt advice.
COUNCIL’S INTENTION TO SAVE £74 MILLION City of York Council will also be investing some money into their own IT infrastructure. This will allow for an improved-quality technologically which will ultimately result in the best service possible. There is a net revenue budget of £124.2 million which was mainly funded by Council tax income, making up £71.8 million. The rest was funded by government grants (£28.8 million) and retained business rates (£23.6 million). With the ninth lowest band D council tax and the second lowest spend per head of population of any unitary council in England, it is certainly a tough ask for the council. Leader of City of York Council Councillor James Alexander said, “The combination of increasing costs and further cuts to our funding means harder decisions need to be made over which
services to keep and which will have to be scaled back, stopped or delivered in a different way - by communities themselves, by businesses, or social enterprises and charities”. The need to be cost-effective is certainly an important thing. Councillor Dafydd Williams who is the cabinet member for Finance, Performance and Customer Services said, “The services the council provides must be cost-effective, efficient, good quality and address residents’ needs at a time when every pound spent must deliver real value”. With the council being under immense pressure to be more financially stable, it seems they are trying their best to reach their goals. For full information on the budget, go to www.york.gov.uk
THE ART OF CYCLING
Purveyors of beautiful bicycles for 20 years in York, Cycle Heaven have never been shy to show their creative side. True to form, their second store at York rail station has just been graced with beautiful new artwork from York-born, Berlinbased illustrator Emily Hayes. We chat to Emily about the new sign… Q. How did the commission come about? I am originally from York and very familiar with Cycle Heaven as my family also ran Pextons Hardware and now run another shop; Frankie and Johnny’s Cookshop on the same street, Bishopthorpe Road. I’ve worked with Cycle Heaven for a few years now. Q. Can you talk us through your inspiration for the sign? My research led me to a lot of interesting archived photography and artwork from the York Railway Museum Archive, from the York Station bombing in World War II, through to original LNER railway posters advertising idyllic British holidays by train.
Inspiration also came from the bold compositions and colours in Soviet propaganda posters and lettering on vintage packaging designs from the 1950s. I’m also an admirer of artists such as Cyril Power and Lynd Ward, and the contemporary prints of ATAK (Georg Barber). Q. What feelings do you hope it evokes? The design can be read as a narrative map, with different moments, people and places in time played out over a panorama. I hope the sign evokes the different sides of cycling culture; from the romance of country getaways through to getting from A to B in busy, urban lifestyles. It is important for the sign to capture the essence of Yorkshire; its charm, wonderful landscape, range of architecture, friendliness and humour, past and present. As the new ‘Cycle Heaven’ shop is situated in York Station itself, an entrance to the city, it was an important factor of the commission to capture the spirit of the city as well as creating a design centred on the shop and cycling. www.cycle-heaven.co.uk York Railway Station, 01904 622701 / 630378 2 Bishopthorpe Road, 01904 636578 / 672059
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There’s never been a better time to get the bus.
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BRIDGING THE GAPS
Written by Aliz Tennant
ur world is filled with time, time we feel is so scarce that we let it escape with each passing second. If we were to ask one thing of you, it would be to slow down and to take in those around you. We are funny as humans, in the sense that we are inherently similar yet we separate ourselves into defined boxes and look to the differences. But we are more alike than we care to believe, if we stopped and took the time to see. For this issue, we wanted to free ourselves of
ignorance, prejudice and false belief. The belief that another person’s loneliness is not our problem, the belief that what we hear and read is what we should believe, the belief that we can’t solve a challenging problem, or that we’re not already halfway there. The following articles are very different yet defiantly similar, for they all feature people. Brave, innovative, caring and bold, and all with the inherent belief that bringing people together is the solution.
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KNOCKING ON A NEIGHBOUR’S DOOR
nowing and understanding are the key to creating change. And through the JRF/JHRT Neighbourhood Approaches to Loneliness Programme, two York neighbourhoods have gone through a journey of enlightenment to understand loneliness. “What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” Kurt Vonnegut We have never been more connected. Our technologies exceed time zones and accessibility, yet many believe that we have never been more alone. The term ‘loneliness’ is often heard in the past tense; we talk about how we were once lonely but never how we are lonely. There’s an air of responsibility around the word that looks for a reaction or answer, and halts us from opening up. But what happens if we overcome our pride and talk about loneliness? Back in 2010, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust put the question out to four neighbourhoods across York and Bradford, and asked people to embark on a threeyear programme that looked at Neighbourhood Approaches to Loneliness. Three years later, those from the York neighbourhoods, New Earswick and Carr Estate, have opened up their communities and created spaces and activities that go back to connecting next-door neighbours. Carr Connectors and NELLI (New Earswick Less Loneliness Initiative) have gone on a journey to find what can be done in York to tackle the problem. Loneliness is natural appetite, prompting us to seek company, but
when left unattended can lead to health problems, shortened life expectancy; killing individuals and communities. From Community Cafés, annual ‘hands-on” hobby and craft fairs to under-fives children’s groups where parents can meet, the two groups have created community solutions that are open across generations. Lidgett Grove Methodist Church opens its doors each Wednesday for a pop-up community café that brings in individuals, families and groups from the neighbouring streets to share hobbies, time, cake and tea. Once a six-week test, the Community Café has now become a permanent fixture. Outside of activities, NELLI is about to launch an up-to-date map on the village, showing the local amenities for new residents to help them settle. Knowing that eradicating loneliness is an ambitious project, NELLI and the Community Café have turned negativity on its head, building and facilitating their communities to challenge and reduce loneliness but also create bonds, away from technologies and back to conversations and people. Simple things like a cup of tea seem to be the cure to a silent problem that affects us all. For more information on the Neighbourhood Approaches to Loneliness and how to help your community visit jrf.org.uk The Community Café opens every Wednesday 9.3011.30am at Lidgett Grove Methodist Church. Earwigs Stay and Play every Tuesdays 1-2.30pm during term time at New Earswick Children’s Centre. And add your suggestions for NELLI on the information board at the Folk Hall, New Earswick.
THE BIGGER ISSUE
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t O&O we look to broaden our understanding of city, society and our world. So for this issue we took time to talk to Pete, a vendor, about what the public doesn’t know about the Big Issue in the North. The Big Issue in the North magazine is not a new concept to many of us. We’re familiar with the look, and on occasion we may have even stopped to buy one, but fewer have stopped to talk to those selling them and realise what it means to be a vendor. The Big Issue in the North is a weekly magazine publication and is part of the Big Life Group. Sold by those who are homeless and vulnerably housed, it provides a legitimate income and, with the Big Issue in the North Trust, a wider service that gives a helping hand and footfall for those who have fallen through the cracks. But most importantly, the organisations all work to help those who have been without opportunities. Pete found himself contacting the Big Issue in the North after a series of life changes and over 15 weeks in hospital left him homeless and unemployed. But for Pete, being a vendor wasn’t a first thought: “Somebody came up to me one day and said, ‘Do you sell the Big Issue?’ and I just kicked off. I took offence at it because I was working at an agency then. But now I’m glad I have done it because I’ve seen both sides of the coin.” It is this flipping of the coin that most hope to never experience, but by this same avoidance, this means that we know little about the workings behind the Big Issue in the North. A business solution to social issue, the Big Issue in the North provides opportunity and support to vendors who buy each new issue for £1 and sell it for £2, budget their earnings and build business skills. Without an address, the number of opportunities open to you are often slight - how else do you register for the doctors or write a CV? - and it is this that can be overcome. For others already in housing, it is that step back into employment keeping them afloat. But it’s not an easy step to take: “(When I first started) I was intimidated, because you’re stood on the high street with all these people walking past you. And I didn’t know how to sell it. I was just stood there with these magazines looking at people all whizzing past at 90 miles an hour.” Pete’s pitches have included Leeds, Hebden Bridge and most recently Parliament Street,York where he can be spotted just outside of Marks and Spencer.
Now comfortable in selling, he’s found that customers are no longer just consumers but friends who stop to chat, exchange stories and Christmas cards. “It’s kept me in work mode, I’m out everyday, I’m not sat around drinking and getting into other bad habits. I’m out, washed and shaved. They’re not just customers, they’re friends now, they know what’s going on in my life and ask, ‘How’s that going?’” Budgeting, commuting and work-hours are all part of the job, along with letting the frustrations go: “People hear what they want to hear. I say, ‘Have you got the time please mate?’ - ‘No thanks’ - ‘Have you got the time please mate?’ - ‘No thanks, I don’t want one.’” And with full acknowledgement that this exchange won’t be the last, it is Pete’s outlook on his journey and the work that the Big Issue in the North provides that shows that a simple opportunity can be the best intervention. “There’s a lot of nice people in the world so it has restored my faith in mankind.”
Each week Pete goes to buy his magazines from Trinity Methodist Church in York. A group of volunteers providing for the community, Trinity acts as an agency for the Big Issue in the North and opens three times a week for vendors to buy their stock, saving them the journey to Leeds. To find out more about the work that the Big Issue in the North does, and about the process of becoming a vendor, visit bigissueinthenorth.com
ouise Cantlay from Greenfields discusses how to broach the solution to Food Poverty from a new angle, and look at the abundance already within our city. Food poverty is a big issue. However, in the world of community gardening, getting people to take the produce is often not as easy as it may seem. Last September I was picking another basketful of beans and wondering where exactly the latest crop of courgettes was going to go. I had too much, but I knew that there were plenty of people struggling to feed themselves. How do we connect up all this growing with projects that feed people? Can growing projects offer more than just food to people in need? In his article ‘A Can of Complexity’ (One & Other, Triumphant Issue) Richard Bridge mentioned a project called The Stop in Toronto. It is a food bank but also offers a range of opportunities and support to those it helps. Can we provide the same in York? York is home to many gardening projects from Edible York’s city centre propaganda beds to YUMI’s efforts to provide their cooks with local produce. It would seem quite literally there is a garden on every corner. Conversely, there are many projects who have people to feed, whether it is their core activity or not. We don’t need new ideas, we need to support what is already going on and we need projects to work together more effectively. Firstly, we need to make better connections between the projects that grow food, and those that use food
Written by Louise Cantlay
PLANTING THE SEED TO A SOLUTION
(and if you are such a project please get in touch). I can see plenty of scope for mutually beneficial collaboration. Secondly, we need extra volunteers to help facilitate these connections. There are always opportunities for people to plant and weed, or pick and deliver produce. However, it is not just gardening; there are a range of supporting roles required. Publicists, fundraisers, event organisers, documenters, artists... we can use all these skills and more. There is another question that troubles me, and I am not alone on this one. If we have people who cannot, for whatever reason, manage to feed themselves adequately, how can we justify the amounts of food that are currently wasted on the journey from farm to consumer? A good network of community groups could look for solutions. More volunteers means we can start implementing these solutions, some of which may provide opportunities for training and employment. Take a look at Foodcycle or Fareshare who both make good use of surplus from the food industry. Or the fantastic Rubies in the Rubble, who turn waste fruit and veg into award-winning chutney. Their workforce is made up from people who have struggled to get back into work. Together we can work towards being a well-fed city that makes the most of its local produce and people. To find out more and get involved in Louise’s idea email firstname.lastname@example.org
Images by Ben Bentley Written by Daniel Eggleston
hen you ask a person to think of York, their first thought may be of the Shambles or the Walls. Very few would think to mention the lost buildings. Like a scene reminiscent of a post-apocalyptic wasteland, these buildings have been seemingly uninhabited since their creation. For a variety of reasons they have been left abandoned. In this piece we will be taking a look at these once-flourishing establishments, delving into their history and considering what might have been. STONEBOW HOUSE One of the more controversial buildings in York is Stonebow House. Since its inception in 1965 it has divided opinion, with some describing it as an eyesore and even writers in the National Press
getting involved; the Guardian reporting it to be “hideous” and the Observer calling it a “sheer visual misery to the passer-by”. When rumours began to circulate that it was to be torn down, there were numerous cries of joy on message boards, with a horde of excited people already plotting its demise. With its Modernist architecture, it’s an obvious contrast to the picturesque beauty of the nearby Shambles, yet this is also what makes many people love it. There are in fact very few cases of such architecture in York and people are now campaigning to make the most of the space in its currently empty office buildings.There are some signs of life though, with Stonebow also being host to Fibbers and The Duchess, one of the main hubs of live music in the city. A stark concrete tower in a city of cobbles and beams, Stonebow House’s days may be numbered. We will soon see.
THE WHITE SWAN (PICCADILLY) Another apparent “eyesore” is The White Swan Hotel. Erected in 1912, it has seemingly been closed forever, with some resolute that this occurred in the late 1980s. Any hope of it returning as a legitimate hotel was quashed when it was deemed unfit for human habitation in 1992.
As plans for it to become 18 affordable flats and a Sainsbury’s have been approved, it seems that even if the architecture changes, the idea of keeping people housed will remain seemingly for evermore. PICCADILLY (REYNARD’S GARAGE)
That doesn’t mean people haven’t tried to keep it as a hotel, with squatters attempting to live there and open it as the “Rainbow Peace Hotel”, even hoping to gain inhabitants via an open day. Although the squatters have since been moved on, their message still remains, with their graffiti of peace symbols still legible - albeit slightly faded.
A rather ordinary building in the city centre has a rather storied past. It was built in 1921 to house buses but this only lasted 10 years. In 1931, Reynard’s building came into its own when it became a factory for Airspeed Aircraft. With its crumbling white paint, you wouldn’t think it was an integral part of pre-War aviation. From the 1990s it became a Megazone, a place for pre-pubescent teens to shoot lasers at one another.
With its Tudor-like exterior, the Swan harks back to the original White Swan Hotel, an old coaching inn. This was removed to create what we now know as Piccadilly. Now, the timber framing is not the only thing that occupies your vision, with the new panelling simply made from mismatched wood covering the windows.
This historical significance had seemingly saved it from destruction, with attempts to turn it into a museum highlighting York’s flying past; sadly though, these attempts have failed. With reports that it is soon to be replaced with a freshly built hotel, it seems York will be losing a hidden landmark.
DR KIRK’S CASTLE OF CURIOSITIES
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gifted polymath, celebrated motorist, and eccentric collector, the story of Dr Kirk is the story of York Castle Museum. Now under the stewardship of York Museums Trust, the collections of York Castle Museum chronicle the parallel life of one of York’s most interesting characters. John Lamplugh Kirk was born on 30 April 1869 to a family of silversmiths, clockmakers and pawn shop owners. Private education at Christ’s College, Cambridge paved the way for a successful medical career, which he went to London to pursue, before a transfer to Pickering in 1898. Outside of his work, one man’s leisure pursuits were Dr Kirk’s opportunity to excel. Interests and accomplishments included shooting game, riding horses, photography, a passion in motoring that saw him wining ten cups and twenty medals for speed trails and hill climbs between 1909 and 1912, and important archaeological excavations spanning 10 years.
In 1910, Dr and Mrs Kirk travelled on the cruise ship The City of Paris on a European odyssey. They visited several museums including the Biological Museum at Stockholm where birds and animals were shown in scenes depicting their natural habitat, giving a sense of reality. They also visited the open air museum at Skansen, one of the first folk museums. There they saw preserved old buildings, people in national costumes doing folk dances, live animals and a reconstruction of a Lapp encampment. It had a profound effect on Dr Kirk’s collecting, but it wasn’t until his retirement in 1923 that such observations became an obsession.
Dr Kirk began filling his Houndgate home with all manner of British bygones: rarities, curiosities, ethnological artifacts, and seemingly mundane everyday items. Far from being a completist, Dr Kirk got his hands on whatever came his way by gift or purchase: Perambulators to antique weapons, Potato Dribblers to a Tudor barge, Victorian hypodermic needles to horse bridles. In being the first to catalogue changes in rural life, it soon became an uncontrollable yet pioneering collection. But it was for his eyes only. By 1918 his collection had outgrown Houndgate and the Pickering Memorial Hall Museum was formed. The gift was subject to certain conditions:
He required a complete catalogue to be provided, the collection to remain together, adequate funds for their conservation and an honorary curator to be appointed. A break of the conditions forced Dr Kirk to advertise for a new home in the December 1932 issue of the Museums Journal. Many institutions expressed an interest, but few could take the whole collection and most only wanted certain items. With York appearing to have the resources to match, he found a soulmate in the person of Alderman JB Morrell. On January 11 1933 Morrell and Mr A Finney, Curator of the Art Gallery,
visited Houndgate. The old Female Prison (which became York Castle Museum) was to inherit the collection, with Dr Kirk meticulously overseeing every detail from the museum’s heating system to the country’s first recreation of a Victorian Street of Kirkgate. This was carried out despite Kirk’s deteriorating health, as he spent mornings resting in bed before travelling to York in the afternoons. Queues snaked around Clifford’s Tower for the opening on St George’s Day 1938.
Dr Kirk wasn’t on the podium; he remained at the back of the company, incognito, while the ceremonies took place. He was just happy to see his folk museum become a reality. In the 75 years that have followed, some 30 million people have taken a trip in Dr Kirk’s time machine and seen the world through the eyes one of the UK’s most important social history visionaries.
Written by Maria Barlacchi and Federica Rutigliano
THE HISTORY OF DRINKING IS THE HISTORY OF A NATION: YORK’S LOVE AFFAIR WITH BOOZE t’s said that there are 365 pubs in York, yet we have often wondered how and why this drinking culture all began. Taking you on a fascinating journey through some of York’s drinking history, we take a look at not only the evolution of a culture but that of a country. GIN At first came gin palaces (Charles Dickens, anyone?) which sprung up all over the country in the 18th Century, as people started to enjoy the lavish luxuries they afforded. What is left in York of these fascinating buildings is a faint taste of Victorian life; wooden furniture, warm lighting and nothing more. No traces left of the Gin Epidemic, when gin was seen as escapism for the ‘inferior’ masses, its overuse reflecting the social unrest of those decades. Labelled as a ‘foreign’ drink of the lower classes, it was not deemed acceptable. A measure against that was the Tippling Act in 1751, which increased gin prices and decreased consumption. COFFEE HOUSES One of the first sources of entertainment in York as a non-alcoholic alternative to alehouses was coffee houses, which had appeared by 1669. None that were open in the 18th Century seem to have lasted
the whole century, but Harrison’s, first on Petergate and later on Nessgate corner; Iveson’s, on Petergate, and Duke’s, near Ouse Bridge, all lasted about 50 years, probably thanks to the attraction of the opportunities they afforded for gambling. The Turf Coffee House in Davygate was renamed London Hotel after being rebuilt in Tudoresque style, becoming a place solely for drinking starting from the 20th Century, but eventually even that was pulled down. Coffee houses were brought back with the Temperance Movement of the mid-19th Century to promote teetotalism, especially within the working class, generally more inclined to boozing. THE BREWERS What has survived the centuries in York mainly belongs to its tradition as a city of merchants and travellers, as visible from the structure of public houses. Usually built to include a brewhouse and a country inn, pubs are often on two floors; the top one originally hosting the owner’s family bedrooms, the ground floor divided into club room, smoke room, kitchen and tap room. Historically used to house convicted criminals sentenced to death, the cellars underneath often
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remained, serving as the basement of the pub built on the site of the previous prison. This is the case of The York Arms, which stands where once was Peter’s Prison, in use as such until 1837. THE WORKING MEN’S CLUBS The 19th Century saw the rise of Working Men’s Clubs; social clubs in industrial areas of the city providing recreation - which soon included the consumption of alcohol - and education to working class men and their families. Nowadays, some of them struggle to remain open in York - such as Burton Stone Lane Working Men’s Club and the Huntington Club - as places to enjoy the night. THE WAR YEARS The pub boom was followed by a shaky start to the 20th Century. The massive economic slowdown led many breweries to either go bust or be swallowed up by their competitors. On top of that, World Wars were another turning point in drinking history. The government became concerned drunkenness could affect war production, although soldiers didn’t seem to agree. During the Second World War, Betty’s acquired a great importance for the ‘Bomber Boys’ becoming their favourite diversion from the battlefield. In RCAF bomber pilot Russel McKay’s flying log book we read: “We lost no time heading for nearby York and our favourite headquarters off station, Betty’s Bar […] It was good food, good drink, singing and merry making.” His mini-diary revealed that what is now one of York’s most visited tearooms was once the site of drinking as a recreational pastime, all while chatting and dancing. BEYOND As the 20th Century went by, the States prospered after the War, bringing the so-called ‘American Bars’ to Europe, introducing the new trend of cocktails among British bartenders. In York, the mixology model, a passage towards a new prosperity, has been followed only by several clubs and pubs, which have embraced the cocktail-making trend alongside their traditional brews. What about today? The role of drinking might have changed throughout the centuries, but its effects appear to be the same, although boozing is no longer synonymous with ‘inferior class’ as it was in the past. Time will tell if there is to be a further evolution in the boozing habits of Brits.
umans can’t get enough of meat, whether it’s steak, chops or the increasingly excessive burgers we construct for aesthetic as well as satiable pleasure. Alex Renton, in his book Planet Carnivore, informs us that the average Brit consumes more than his/her body weight in flesh per year. Compared with the US, this is a poor effort; Americans eat on average 120kg annually. It’s becoming a problem. We’re not alone. Studies have shown that omnivores, when fed on a diet of meat exclusively, will continue to eat until they are engorged and very ill. The same applies to humans. Renton’s intention is for us as a nation, and as a race, to be more mindful of volume. If the amount of meat we consume is carefully considered, we can regulate our intake and lower the risk of meat diet-related diseases. Alex’s rules offer us a manifesto for responsible meat-eating, and ways in which we can become what fellow pro-meat spokesman Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall terms ‘untroubled carnivores’. The Rules (inspired by Jonathan Safran Foer): s Any ethical meat advocate who is serious is going to be eating a lot of vegetarian fayre. s ‘The factory farm is inhuman.’ Eat nothing that is produced by intensive or industrial farming. s Accept that this way of treating animals, and the planet, is wrong and that there is no defence. s Meat is not just another thing to consume. The act of eating it makes us responsible for everything that has been done to bring the meat to us. You can make a difference by changing your own habits. In fact, the habits you have in your own home are profoundly important because they will help others change theirs. You have a duty to proselytise. The ways in which Alex is altering his habits are already in motion. He told me that he is focusing on wild game and local, forage-fed meat. His advice is that beef is ‘out’. It is in our best interest to attempt a diversification in our meat choice. Humans do not need meat. We enjoy it, yes, but (according to Renton) we must concede that in the interest of good health, it is in no way crucial.
However, the variety and diversity of the meat available to us is extensive, and must be celebrated. Consequently, if it is to be a part of our diet, we must consider the ethical and practical application is can best be used for, and turn the negative aspects positive. Planet Carnivore explores how to be a moral meateater, and the costs and solutions of a cheap meat habit. Renton is scheduled to speak on the subject at York Literature Festival, on 27 March, at the Quaker Meeting House.
WHY CHEAP MEAT COSTS THE EARTH
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WARHOL, TESTINO AND LEVINE: CONTROVERSY IN THE STATELY HOME
ith York’s Gallery closed until 2015, the art scene here has in many ways been required to up their game and draw in the crowds that are now feeling deprived of artistic destination, come the weekends. Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, just outside York, is one place that shows in many ways art in York has indeed flourished: through an oftunknown partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, this March they are drawing in the crowds with an exceptionally modern exhibition lining their historic walls. Focusing on all things royal, the walls of Beningbrough are now embellished with Warhol, Levine and Testino – names often synonymous with modernism and vibrancy – a stark juxtaposition against the Hall’s ornate surrounding. The exhibition ‘Royals: Then and Now’ is a celebration of 300 years of Hanover and will be the first international showcase of the portrait of Prince George of Cambridge by Jason Bell. Some of the portraits that adorn the Hall are, however, the most contemporary works that the house has ever seen; the standout piece a backlit hologram by Chris Levine. Levine was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to employ his very famous use of lighting to produce the Portrait of Elizabeth II, during which fateful commission the Queen rested her eyes between shots; this crucial moment became the now infamous portrait. This rather large lightbox now sits between two of Beningbrough’s fine ornate ground floor doors. This juxtaposition against the white framing seems like the work has found its intended home and the result is breathtaking. Another standout piece of the show is the Warhol wall. The man whose obsession with fame lead him to “want to be as famous as the Queen of England” stands metaphorically hand in hand with her; arguably just as big a draw as his subject. In the portraits, Warhol explores the contrast between the Queen’s private and public self. Based on the official Jubilee portrait by Peter Grugeon, Warhol has stripped away all humanity with his signature overlay of bold colours. The stark contrast of his colour usage and the grandeur of their situ make the viewing experience surprisingly moving.
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Levine and Warhol are in very good company. Mario Testino, John Wonnacott, Thomas Struth and Nicky Phillips are also among the many international names to ornament the Stately
Home’s already elaborate interior. Out of the few shots by Testino, the most iconic is his famous photo of Diana, Princess of Wales taken for the cover of Vanity Fair. Testino said of the image, “My original reaction was to photograph her in her traditional role as princess. Then I realised that the most exciting image you could hope to see of her was as if you were alone in private with her”; the result being natural, a laughing woman - not a princess at all.
This exciting and brave exhibition is of the Royals, yet if you are not a fan it would be a mistake to let the subject matter deter you. This is one of the finest modern art exhibitions to have come to the region in years, and if Prince George isn’t the lure for you, then let Levine’s masterpiece of light beckon you in. ‘Royals: Then and Now’ is at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens: March 1 – 2 November 2014
WITHOUT POMP OR PRETENSION: DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC?
any of you will probably have met magician Craig Stephenson, an approachable figure who frequents the coffee houses and bars of York. Like a character from a novel, Craig lives for his magic, reading your mind, showing you his sleight-of-hand tricks and madly scribbling down more magical ideas. It was the element of the unknown that originally lured Craig in, the utter thrill of knowing something that nobody else knows; the delight of seeing amazement falling across someone’s face at the big reveal. “I was always into magic; at the weekend my Grandfather would babysit for me and I watched The Paul Daniels Magic Show. My folks would come home and I would show them magic.” As a small boy performing magic tricks for his family, he soon became addicted as he saw the pleasure and wonderment it brought his onlookers. It was this early hand-magic he learnt as a kid which has formed the basis of his show today. Craig’s style of magic is very friendly, laid back and relaxed. He likes to make his audience part of the trick and the big ‘unveil’ is always when they are the focal point, making them feel a huge part of the experience. It is this personable approach that makes Craig different – there are no ‘jazz hands’ or capes – just an honest love of illusion and connecting with people. It is for this reason that Craig excels. He also likes to meet with people before he does shows for them and get that engagement with his audience: hence the coffee shops. This way he can constantly test his tricks, learn his audience and see what people want from his magic. In the 1910s, David Davant famously asked his audience what tricks they wanted to see and met with no response until someone said, “I bet you can’t make a motorbike disappear,” so Devant went away and made it his act.
This is how Craig lives his life. He has consulted and worked with many notable magicians (some of whom you will definitely be aware) and loves to develop new magical ideas. He is devoted to his magic and utter love of the interaction – and still at the very core of what he does stands that little boy, watching his Grandfather’s face utterly bewildered by his magical Grandson. So, call it trickery, call it mentalism, call it what you will – and if you don’t believe in magic, just watch the faces of onlookers as Craig performs his tricks and tell me, just for a split second, that what you see is not magic in action.
BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS: THE FUTURE IS JUNK
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tarting with this issue, we are going to look at bright young talent across many of York’s artistic genres. We start the series with Junk, a musical trio who have recently recorded their first record with Sea Records. Their already familiar band members and upbeat/downtrodden vibes have won us over. Q. Band Members and what they play Estella Adeyeri: Guitar/ vocals Sam Coates: Guitar/ vocals Danny Barton: Drums Q. How long have you been together for? We’ve been together for nearly six months now. We had our first band practice and first gig within the same week so it’s been a pretty fast turnaround! Q: How would you describe your sound? Sam: When starting the band I wanted to write short, poppy, high-energy songs where technical ability and clever composition was secondary. I hope that we’ve managed to achieve the former and not just the latter.
Q. How did you all meet? Sam: We’re all friends, Danny and I also play in Missing Kids together and Estella’s my girlfriend. Do you have plans to record anything soon? We recently recoded a song with Dom from Sea Records, which is now available online. We’re planning to record some more songs in the next few weeks and hopefully release an EP before the summer. Q. What other (York) bands are on your radar at the moment? There are loads of cool bands at the moment; Muttley Crew, Bull, … and The Hangnails and Dead Bird are all great, and of course there is Danny’s solo project, played under the Wolf Solent moniker. Q: Do you think it’s a good time for music here or do you play most of your gigs elsewhere? So far we’ve only played gigs in York, and I think with venues like The Woolpack, The Fulford Arms and others there seems to be a real D.I.Y. scene here, which can only be a good thing.
Q. You are regulars at The Woolpack - what sort of night do you do there? The Woolpack is great and we think it’s really helped shake up the York music scene. We probably wouldn’t have formed had it not been for The Woolpack. While hosting established York (and touring) bands, Paul and Sid are also really encouraging of new bands. When we formed JUNK, we played the Woolpack that week with only three songs. I can’t think of any other venues that would let a new band get up and play a set of just 3 twoand-a-half minute songs just like that.
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MUSIC LISTINGS Miles Kane
Bad Painting Presents
Tom Paxton & Janis Ian
Calling all indie rock fans. Miles Kane will be playing some of his debut songs and classic hits such as “Come Closer” and “Inhaler”. He has supported some of indie’s most established bands such as Arctic Monkeys, The Courtenners and Beady Eye. He has also collaborated with Alex Turner, Noel Gallagher and Professor Green. For a night of indie rock join Miles Kane.
York’s independent record label Bad Painting are back with their line up of events for 2014, bringing new sounds to our city. Back at The Woolpack Inn this April the night will see Manchester’s Brown Brogues, Worm and York’s very own Luke Saxton, plus popular DJs taking to the stage. A chance to explore the North’s independent music scene and breakthrough artisist.
Two of America’s great songwriters make a visit to the UK in March 2014, each connected to Greenwich Village folk scene. For the first time on stage together in the UK, they are set to take on each other’s songs and perform on stage together throughout the night. Tom Paxton describes the tour, saying “it’s going to be very different from what people may expect.”
19 March (York Barbican)
12 Apr (The Woolpack)
28 Mar (Grand Opera House)
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Folk Ahoy! Festival
Lanterns On The Lake
After success at the Food and Drinks Festival, Folk Ahoy! looks to celebrate local musicians and the folk music scene in York with a one day festival. Set up by the newly established ‘York’s Little Festival of Music’, the day will include acts such as David Ward Maclean and country-folk quartet Dream of Apollo. All proceeds will be going to York charities.
Originally formed in Surrey back in 2005, Canterbury are an indie rock band determined to make 2014 their best year yet. With their third album Dark Days released earlier this year reaching no.1 on the UK Official Rock Chart and steaming ahead with their national tour, it is hard not to disagree. With their catchy riffs it is difficult not to like this four piece band.
After a headline show at The Duchess in 2012, Lanterns On The Lake are back. Promoting their sophomore album Until The Colours Run, the Newcastle based five-piece are ready to bring their distinctive brand of indie rock to York. Described by NME as “poltergeist Arcade Fire” and having been compared to Sigur Ross, they are definitely ones to see.
29 Mar (Black Swan Inn)
2 Apr (The Duchess)
7 Apr (The Duchess)
FILM LISTINGS Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Russo Brothers)
The Past (Le Passé) (Asghar Faradi)
The film is a comedy drama featuring the adventures of a concierge and a lobby boy at a famous European hotel and the friendship that develops between them as events take a turn for the worst. Set between the wars, Anderson’s infamous romanticizing of the period is portrayed as the movie jumps through three time periods.
‘The Winter Soldier’ is the second instalment in the Marvel films’ productions of Captain America. In this film, we see Steve Rogers struggling to embrace his role in the modern world, and the appearance of the Soviet Agent known as the Winter Soldier… a must-see for Marvel fans that leads us towards a summer of blockbusters.
Produced by the same director as Oscar award winning ‘A Separation’, this French film focuses on similar themes of love and cultural values. This film focuses on the portrayal of a man who leaves his French wife to return back to Iran. It is a stunning depiction of cultural values and is not one to be missed.
COMEDY LISTINGS Joel Dommett
Hyena Lounge comedy club presents Joel Dommett, one of the fastest rising stars on the new comedy circuit. The face of MTV in 2012 has since featured on Live In Chelsea (the online Channel 4 aftershow discussing everything Made In Chelsea) and performed stand-up on Russell Howard’s Good News. An evening of laughs and comedic entertainment not to be missed.
Russell Brand’s first ever stand up world tour “Messiah Complex” will be dissecting social and religious figures and the reality of their lives. As suspected, Brand states that he is going to cause bother, excitement and offer opinions that have not been solicited or thought through. Not a surprise to many, meaning this is a night you won’t be disappointed by.
Rich Hall has featured on various shows such as late night show “Stand Up For The Week” and the BBC’s “Mock the Week”. The Montana comedian is famous for his quick wit, ironic sense of humour and grouchy style, so you’ll know what to expect. For an evening of different topics delivered in a unique comedic way, come to Rick Hall’s show in the Theatre Royal.
10 Mar (The Basement)
14 Mar (York Barbican)
19 Apr (York Theatre Royal)
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EXHIBITION LISTINGS Turning the Tide
Salt + Powell Present: Peachy
Food and Flora
This exhibition by artist John Thornton features works of the sea, created in media from acrylic paints to ink; anything to produce the perfect texture of moving water and the frothy consistency as the waves break against the sand. These realistic and engaging images paint the perfect picture of the Yorkshire coast.
Peachy is an art exhibition, featuring only women artists, to run concurrently with International Womanâ€™s Week. Artists featured include Isabel Gylling, whose pieces have been shown across the UK, Germany & the US, and Australian artist Kate Murphy, who will be displaying work from around the globe.
Laura Howleyâ€™s showcase exhibition has been created by the young artist to show the beauty of the things we sometimes take for granted. She focuses on using acrylic paint and mixed media to show that there is aesthetic pleasure in objects that are otherwise overlooked. The beauty is emphasised in texture and colour .
1 Mar - 13 Apr (Kentmere House)
11 - 28 Mar (Artemis House)
15 Mar - 15 Apr (City Screen)
THE INTERNATIONAL ART PRIZE AT ST MARY’S he Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in contemporary art from across the world, supporting and bringing compelling new works to a wider audience. This exhibition features innovative and outstanding examples from the shortlisted artists in the following categories: Photographic and Digital Art, Three Dimensional Design and Sculpture, Painting and Drawing, and Video, Installation and Performance.
talent from locations including Germany, Italy, Chile, New Zealand and across the UK. It offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the international breadth and experience the range and quality of artwork being produced today. The works address political and social issues surrounding the environment, capitalism, marginalised communities and traditional views regarding identity and gender. Invigorating, dynamic and inspirational, the work on display engages on many levels, inviting a dialogue between the artist and the viewer.
From thousands of artists who entered, eight have been selected for exhibition and the work of a further 100 is shown on screen within the space. Surveying modern concerns and focusing on present day society, the show highlights artistic
The exhibition will run from 4 April – 22 June 2014 at York St Mary’s, York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space, in partnership with York Museums Trust. For more information visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/artprize
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YORK OPEN STUDIOS
Talented artists from within a ten mile radius of York are once again preparing to open their doors as York Open Studios takes place for the 14th year in a row in April. Since 2001 a committee of volunteers representing the York Open Studios organisation have been selecting artists from around York to open their studios and showcase their work. Art can obviously be found in many forms, prompting the time old question of what we class as art. Our picks of selected disciplines... Sculpture: Arturs Strikis
Collage: Mark Hearld
This is the first year that Arturs is at Open Studios. His work is based around figurative sculpture inspired by the human body. There is an almost grotesque and fascinating nature to his work. The abstract shapes verge on unrecognisable and the textures of form make for fascinating subject matter.
York fascination Mark Hearld is a huge success story of Open Studios. Hundreds of people turn out annually to see Mark’s glorious house of magic and taxidermy. He has published book of illustrations influenced by Flora and Fauna and has prints in Tate Modern.
Mixed Media: Linda Combi
Painting: Pamela Knight
San Francisco-born Combi came to Europe on a quest for romance; something reflected in her vibrant artwork – she uses a wide range of media that helps portray her vast interpretations of music via art.
Pamela’s semi-abstract paintings and prints show a range of landscapes in a fascinating way. Her use of vibrant colours and abstract shape and texture make the landscapes come to life and evoke strong feelings of warmth and life.
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CAUSE LISTINGS Edible York Bric a Brac Sale
Edible York are raising funds for their upcoming activities, holding a one-day sale. Along with books, plant pots, tools and kitchen bric a brac the event will hold host to an array of refreshments such as soup, hot and cold drinks and cake. You can also take the time to find out about Edible York’s upcoming work and how you can get involved. Contact Edible York to make a donation.
A project under the Blueberry Academy, icango2 provides work experience and activities for people with learning difficulties. Each month they organise an inclusion disco, open for everyone to join in, have a dance and socialise. There will also be refreshments on sale including soft drinks and hot dogs, keeping your energy up for the evening. Tickets are payable on the door.
19 Mar (St Crux Church)
22 Mar (Melbourne Centre)
Go York Lecture with Julia Unwin This year’s annual Go Lectures series, taking place at York St John University, will host a number of inspirational speakers. Among those, Julia Unwin CBE, Chief Executive of JRF/JRHT will be holding a lecture titled ‘Is there a recipe for social change? The role of events, emotions and evidence in driving lasting social change’. 3 Apr (York St John University)
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THEATRE LISTINGS Hot Mikado
Agatha Christie Black Coffee
Adapted from Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, Hot Mikado follows Young Nani-Poo and his attempts to marry the beautiful Yum-Yum. Her affections intended for the former tailor now Lord High executioner KoKo. Young Nani-Poo strikes up a deal that is apparently beneficial for everyone involved, but is it? Audiences will also be invited to dress in 1940s attire for the 10 March performance.
Being the first ever play written by the infamous Agatha Christie, ‘Black Coffee’ introduces her most well-known character, detective Hercule Poirot, in a murder mystery style plot that will please crime genre lovers and reignite love for her writing. For fans of Agatha Christie, this play should feature highly on the bucket list. The question stands who’s the culprit?
4 - 15 Mar (York Theatre Royal)
31 Mar - 5 Apr (Grand Opera House York)
An August Bank Holiday Lark
Mozart: The Magic Flute
With a title taken from a line in Philip Larkin’s poem MCMXIV, An August Bank Holiday Lark follows the life’s of a small community in Lancashire and their struggles with the oncoming First World War. A drama highlighting the effect of war on a seemingly normal community; An August Bank Holiday Lark provides an insight to one of the hardest times in World History.
Ever been to the opera? Mozart’s The Magic Flute is considered one of the World’s favourites, and is coming to York for one evening only. Skilfully combining adventure with the magic and romanticism reminiscent of a classic Disney film, this opera will excite and introduce you to a new world of theatre. A great chance to don the bow tie and glad rags for a night at the theatre.
1 - 5 Apr (York Theatre Royal)
15 April (York Theatre Royal)
LITERATURE FESTIVAL Germaine Greer
Recovering Lost Voices
In their third show at the York Literature Festival comes Kokoro. A show based around Japanese culture, it features short tanka poems, Japanese inspired music involving the playing of the koto, shamisen and Kaminari taiko drums. For anyone who has an interest in Japan and Asian culture, this is a wonderful event to broaden your knowledge.
In her debut appearance at York Literature Festival, Germaine Greer gives her trademark frank discussion on “The Disappearing Woman” targeting the lack of woman in male dominated workplaces. Becoming a household name since ‘The Female Eunuch’ became a bestseller, her appearance at this year’s York Literature Festival is not to be missed.
Sophie Coulombeau, professional novelist and academic based in York, will be leading a historical fiction writing workshop aimed specifically at aspiring writers who have a keen interest in the genre. The workshop will consist of both group and individual exercises aiming to equip each participant with an action plan to be able to attain their own aspirations.
19 Mar (York St John Chapel)
20 Mar (Royal York Hotel)
24 Mar (Kings Manor)
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The stage adaptation of Sebastien Faulks’ world-famous novel, Birdsong will be making an appearance at York Theatre Royal. It follows the young Englishman Stephen Wraysford as he embarks on a dangerous relationship with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire, set in the backdrop of the First World War. See this literary classic brought to life on stage.
As a radio host, interviewer and host of BBC quiz show Mastermind, John Humphries is a familiar face and voice in British Broadcasting . In a special interview with York Literature Festival Director Miles Salter, John will be discussing various aspects of his life, from his Welsh background to his television and radio career, giving an insight into a modern media figure.
24 - 29 Mar (York Theatre Royal)
29 Mar (St Peter’s School)
Professor Robert Winston in Conversation with Leo Winkley A debutant at this year’s York Literature Festival is Professor Robert Winston. He is known to the public as the face of shows such as Superhuman, Child of our Time and the BAFTA winning The Human Body. Also an award winning writer and a pioneer of IVF treatment, he is one of the UK’s most respected scientists. 31 Mar (St Peter’s School)
MARCH CALENDAR 2014 Holocaust Memorial 1 Day (Citywide)
The Overtones (York Barbican)
The Smyths (Fibbers)
Truffle Making (York Cocoa House)
Hellraiser Screening 2 (The Duchess)
Special Collections (University of York)
Antiques Fair (York Racecourse)
SS. Perpetua + (All Saints North Street)
AMP Awards (York Barbican)
The Circus of Horrors (Grand Opera House) Hot Mikado (York Theatre Royal) Arras Culture (Yorkshire Museum)
Killer Computers + (Fibbers)
Jo Caulfield (Hyena Lounge)
Hollie McNish (The Basement)
Toy Fair (York Racecourse)
The Meat Loaf Story (Grand Opera House)
10 The Stepmother (York Theatre Royal)
Britain in Song (University of York)
Project Q (De Grey Rooms)
The 24 (University of York)
Ground Control (University of York)
Boss Caine (The Basement)
Theatre Tour (Grand Opera House)
Taste of American 8 (York Cookery School)
SHOUT! (Joseph Rowntree Theatre)
After Your Betrayal (The Duchess)
Oâ€™Hooley & Tidow (NCEM)
Voices Of Dissent 15 (York Theatre Royal) Curry Night (Deramore Arms)
Luke Concannon + 16 (The Duchess) Pastry Masterclass (York Cookery School)
Script Factor (The Basement) Fame (Grand Opera House) Clarins Luncheon (Betty’s)
Sing and Sign Stage 1 (York Theatre Royal) Lunchtime Talk (York St. Mary’s)
The Tempest (York Theatre Royal)
Singamajigs (Keregan Room)
Record and Cd Fair 29 (The Basement)
Literary tour of York (Museum Gardens)
Sing And Sign Stage 2 (York Theatre Royal)
Sock Toy Making 22 (York Castle Museum)
Silents Now (De Grey Rooms)
Duty Calls (Castle Howard)
Taster Day (Askham Bryan College)
Mother’s Day Lunch (York Racecourse)
27 Birdsong (York Theatre Royal)
31 Black Coffee (Grand Opera House)
Choral and Orchestral (York Minster)
Story Makers (York Theatre Royal)
Poetry Workshop (Friargate Theatre)
Gnarwolves + (The Duchess)
Miles Kane (York Barbican) Ugly Duckling + (Fibbers)
Comedy Night (York Racecourse)
The Telescreen (The Duchess) Studio Talk (York Theatre Royal)
Head to Toe (Fairfax House)
Jane McDonald (Grand Opera House) Mothers Go Free 30 (York’s Chocolate Story)
The Snake Davis Band (Fibbers)
APRIL CALENDAR 2014 Coffee Buyer Luncheon (Bettys)
Rat Pack Tribute (York Racecourse)
Helmsley Mysteries 9 (Helmsley Arts Centre)
The Water Front (Pitcher & Piano) Sweet Treats Class (York Cookery School)
Emily and The Woods (The Duchess)
Easter Events (York Castle Museum)
Aesthetica Art Prize (York St. Mary’s)
2 Black Coffee (Grand Opera House)
Thrift Fair (Merchant 6 Adventurers Hall)
Grease (Joseph Rowntree Theatre)
YPS Café Scientifique (The Basement)
Peter Pan (York Barbican)
The Stones Cry Out (Friargate Theatre)
Emma Stevens + (Fibbers)
York Open Studios (Citywide)
Lanterns On The Lake (The Duchess)
Bank Holiday Lark (York Theatre Royal) Post Card Fair (York Racecourse)
Chocolate Making (York Cocoa House)
British Sea Power (Fibbers) Gaz Brookfield (Black Swan Inn)
Live Music Night (The Hop)
Heidi Talbot (NCEM)
Giant Egg Hunt (Stockeld Park) 11
15 Mozart (York Theatre Royal)
Ebor Singers (York Minster)
York Art Society (York Theatre Royal)
12 Italian Workshop (York Cookery School)
Grand Designs (Fairfax House)
Frank English (Waterstones)
Duty Calls (Castle Howard)
21 Easter Events (York Castle Museum)
King No-One (Fibbers)
Sky Larkin (Fibbers)
Model Railway Show (York Racecourse)
Mark Lockheart’s (NCEM)
Tonight’s the Night (Grand Opera House)
Chocolate Tasting 18 (York Cocoa House)
Under Milk Wood 22 (York Theatre Royal)
Festival of Vintage 26 (York Racecourse)
30 Solar Energy (University of York)
Chocolate Festival (City wide)
Monday’s Child (York Theatre Royal)
Live music Night (The Hop)
The King and I (Joseph Rowntree Theatre)
19 Rich Hall (York Theatre Royal)
Bob Log III + (Fibbers)
Model Railway Show (York Racecourse)
Keep the Home Fires Burning (Fairfax House)
Festival of Vintage 20 (York Racecourse)
Scott Matthews (The Duchess)
Spun Sugar class (York Cookery School)
The Magic Circus (Pocklington Arts Centre)
Musicians Night (Black Swan)
29 Historic Library (Yorkshire Museum)
27 Low Sunday (All Saints North Street) From Yorkshire With Love (Merchant Adventurer’s Hall) Theatre Workshop 28 (De Grey Rooms) Adult Theatre Workshop (De Grey Rooms)
WHO’S ON THE COVER? THE ENLIGHTENMENT ISSUE MARCH / APRIL 2014
BOBBY WELDON (RIGHT) Bobby Weldon works at the Carr Children’s Centre and took part in JRF’s Neighbourhood Approaches to Loneliness programme for Carr Estate. She helped to create the Community Café at Lidgett Grove Methodist Church and now helps there every week where the pop-up cafe has become a permanent fixture.
SAM COATES (LEFT) Sam Coates is the founding member of JUNK. and also plays bass in Missing Kids. He is interested in writing, art and travelling, and plans to teach English in Asia this year.
The Cosmopolitan Issue May & June
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