Make It York

Cultural Wellbeing Grant Supports Artery for Health

As part of York’s Culture Strategy, Make It York, York CVS, and City of York Council have come together to award funding of more than £60,000 to nineteen social and cultural initiatives across the city – with the aim of easing loneliness, isolation, and mental ill-health across the city. 

The grants, which were made available via the Better Care Fund and Ways to Wellbeing, were set up in recognition of the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on people’s wellbeing – through shielding, self-isolation, and social distancing. This series of case studies profiles each of the 2021 recipients: 

One of the projects supported by the grants was Artery for Health. Developed by heritage and cultural learning consultant Karen Merrifield and the Arts team at York Hospital, to create a proof of concept model to improve connections between healthcare providers, artists and cultural organisations in the city. 

Two recent evaluations of arts interventions at York Hospital revealed healthcare staff and artists welcomed arts intervention with treatment, however, a better understanding of how healthcare professionals work with patients and what artists and cultural organisations can offer patients would be beneficial. Artists raised several areas where they need clarity and support. These include: 

  • The needs of the patient  
  • Expectation around arts and arts therapy 
  • If/How their arts practice complements the work of therapists working on the ward 
  • Delivery of sessions including preparation, timing, setting, delivery – one to one or performance-based session, choice of and place for music, infection control. 

The Cultural Wellbeing Grant allowed Artery for Health to work with Allied Health Professionals to answer these questions. This included largely physiotherapists and occupational therapists who work with patients either as they move from being in-patients to out-patients, or those working with patients with chronic conditions. This focused on those specialising in chronic pain, stroke/neurological conditions and pulmonary conditions. 

The first key finding was that healthcare professionals’ roles have changed hugely due to the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic. COVID 19 means staff are facing unprecedented challenges, including:  

  • Staff burn out and fatigue 
  • Staff shortages 
  • Changes in practice with many clinics moving to video or telephone consultation 
  • Relocation of services due to infection control. For example, Stroke Rehab has moved from Scarborough Hospital to Bridlington 
  • Patients in individual wards to minimise the risk of infection but this leads to a lack of social interaction which can affect recovery 
  • Strict control over who can go onto a ward. With restrictions on family and friends  
  • Through COVID 19 it has not been possible to offer arts interventions in the hospital. 

These findings show that old ways of working in the NHS are gone however this provides a timely opportunity to explore how to work more closely with arts and culture. 

Artery for Health ran workshops in the autumn, bringing cultural organisations, artists and healthcare professionals together to explore further how to work together, offering local artists opportunities to join existing educational programmes by Allied Health Professionals. These conversations were shared with the Northern Powerhouse group of arts teams in hospitals and there is a strong interest in taking this model forward. 

The next steps are pilot projects around: 

Stepping-stone  

Artist taster sessions informed by patients and AHPs to support meaningful and purposeful activity, relating arts to existing education or treatment programmes. These are designed to support patients with chronic and respiratory conditions to self-management.  

Community Culture Club 

A carousel of activities from cultural partners for long covid, chronic pain, pulmonary, neurology and stroke patient groups, social groups and AHPs e.g., the National Railway Museum. 

Art Residencies  

Artist in residence, working across the Trust to improve communication for patients and staff, on a staff-led project. 

Embedding learning 

Co-ordinate a joint learning day with York St. John University, where OTs students, hospital staff and academic staff explore how arts and culture can support their health and wellbeing. 

Additional opportunities with York St John University include: 

  • Research project for third year students (Students decide on research projects in Year 2 e.g., Dance with patients on the Dementia ward, lockdown projects – arts to support wellbeing) 
  • Work placements for students or OTs e.g., museum or other cultural venues 

The Artery for Health project has also recently been awarded grant funding from the 2022 Cultural Wellbeing Grants, which will help in creating these pilot projects and continuing the work in bringing arts interventions to York Hospital.  

Cultural Wellbeing Grant Supports Thunk-It Theatre

As part of York’s Culture Strategy, Make It York, York CVS, and City of York Council have come together to award funding of more than £60,000 to nineteen social and cultural initiatives across the city – with the aim of easing loneliness, isolation, and mental ill-health across the city. 

The grants, which were made available via the Better Care Fund and Ways to Wellbeing, were set up in recognition of the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on people’s wellbeing – through shielding, self-isolation, and social distancing. This series of case studies profiles each of the 2021 recipients: 

One of the projects which has been supported by the grants was Thunk-It Theatre’s ‘Common Ground: Back in the Room’ – a project which aimed to highlight shared experiences felt during Covid and build long-term, meaningful relationships to combat loneliness. 

The project aimed to engage with participants aged 16-25 and 50+ in The Groves area who had been affected by isolation and loneliness, particularly those who were isolated due to physical, financial or social barriers.  

The project included 9 workshops that explored creative communications such as letter writing, origami, and postcard creation, all facilitated by industry leaders with experience of delivering successful intergenerational work. This then formed an exhibition, held at Door 84, for friends, family and the Groves community to see, enjoy and celebrate. 

During the workshops, tools were used to encourage communication between participants, allowing them to reflect on the impact of Covid but also to look forward to the future together, through a shared piece of art and ownership.  

338 people engaged across the different activities, with one participant saying, “I had great fun each week, the activities were all interesting and engaging and I always had a great cup of tea. The sessions were always a highlight of my week, it was great to get out the house to meet people and get involved!”  

The team at Thunk-It Theatre said: ‘During the various lockdowns, we developed a number of virtual community projects which although successful, had one thing missing – face-to-face connection. With the funding from Culture and Wellbeing York & Ways to Wellbeing we were able to bring the successful virtual project ‘Common Ground’ to Door 84 in The Groves. Over a period of four months, we ran creative workshops for people aged 16-25, 50+, and workshops for anyone of either age to join. These sessions culminated in a pulling together of the work created as an exhibition, held at Door 84 for friends, family, and the Groves community to come see, enjoy, and celebrate. 

This project showcased the importance of face-to-face connection and creative spaces. The funding enabled us to facilitate a safe and successful project for community members in The Groves. Thank you.’  

The Queen’s Baton Relay visits York

The Queen’s Baton Relay visited York on Wednesday 13th July ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Birmingham 2022 is staging the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – an epic journey across the Commonwealth, with The Queen’s Baton visiting all 72 nations and territories.

York’s Batonbearers Zoe Barratt, William Kilgannon, Colin Lea and Max May completed their relay around part of the bar walls and around York Minster. The baton then travelled to Batonbearer Lucy Hadaway at York St John’s Haxby Road campus, where 600 school children from 20 primary schools in York were able to see the baton up close.

Make It York’s Managing Director, Sarah Loftus, completed her stint of the relay this morning in Hull before supporting fellow Batonbearers in York. Sarah Loftus said: “It has been a huge honour to carry the baton today and to share this experience with York’s inspiring Batonbearers, as the relay continues its journey through England. It’s been amazing to see our community experience the buzz of the Queen’s Baton Relay and build up the excitement for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games”

Cllr Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities at City of York Council, said: Welcoming the Queen’s Baton Relay to York in this, the Platinum Jubilee year and ahead of the Commonwealth Games, is an honour. Thank you to the Batonbearers who represented the city.

“The Baton has visited many hundreds of cities and towns across the world already. Seeing it being carried along our iconic city walls and around the Minster reminds us of our connection to the Commonwealth, so thank you to everyone involved.”

For more information, please contact comms@makeityork.com

St Nicholas Fair 30th Anniversary Bauble Design Competition 

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED


Make It York are calling out for visual artists, print makers, and designers to create a bespoke bauble design to celebrate the 30th anniversary of York’s St Nicholas Fair.  

A staple in York’s streets over the festive period since 1992, the St Nicholas Fair Christmas Market will this year feature a special limited run of porcelain baubles that celebrate this exciting milestone. Profits from the bauble sales will be used to create a new cultural fund, York Creates, to provide future small-seed funding for artists and makers in the city. 

About St Nicholas Fair 

Rated in the top ten Christmas Markets in the UK, the five-week St Nicholas Fair features over sixty alpine chalets lining the streets of Parliament Street and St Sampsons Square, with local businesses selling everything from handmade gifts to delicious treats. The fair is the heart of the city’s Christmas experience and contributes to York ranking in the UK’s top ten Christmas destinations.  

Find out more about Christmas in York here. 

About the Competition 

The theme for the design is: A York Christmas 

Artists should produce a design around this theme for the bauble, which can be traditional, contemporary or give a fresh interpretation to a York Christmas.   

Artists should produce a design using the guidelines provided and give a short explanation of their design. The bauble can accommodate three images of 40 x 40mm. These images can either be identical or different, depending on artist preference. However, one (or all) of these image squares should either be or include the word ‘York’, or some variation around a Christmas greeting (e.g., ‘Merry Christmas from York’). 

Designs should be high quality and appeal to a range of customers, both local and visitors. The design should be suitable for use set against the white background of the bauble. The brief is open to interpretation on design style. Download instructions here for design specifications. 

The winner will be decided by Make It York. The winner will be awarded a £500 cash prize and be included in promotional activity. A limited run of baubles will be produced and sold through Make It York as part of the 2022 St Nicholas Fair. 

Enter the competition by 12 noon on 12 August 2022. APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

For more information or to ask a question, contact culture@makeityork.com.

Competition Rules 

  • Artists may submit a maximum of two entries. 
  • Anyone over the age of sixteen is eligible to enter the competition. Artists should reside in York, or have a strong local connection. 
  • Designs that do not fit the specifications provided will not be accepted. Read specifications here.  
  • Only new designs will be permitted – designs which already exist and have been used in other contexts will not be accepted.  
  • The artist should submit a visual design for a bauble which will be manufactured professionally. Artists are not expected the manufacture the baubles themselves.  
  • Entries from members of Make It York staff, Visit York staff and volunteers, and close family of these is not permitted. 
  • Entries remain the intellectual property of the artist and after the competition, will be kept on record for informational purposes only by Make It York. Artists may contact the company to request their design be removed from records. 
  • The winning artist’s prize includes a buyout fee of £500 of the intellectual property of the design, which will become the property of Make It York, who will have sole right to merchandise the baubles. The artist will not receive a share of sales. All profits will be ringfenced for the new York Creates cultural seed fund. 
  • Decisions will be made in August 2022, with the winner being notified on or before 19 August 2022.  
  • The decision of Make It York on the outcome of the competition is final, although we are happy to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.  

Applications open for Visit York Tourism Awards 2023

Entries are now open for the prestigious Visit York Tourism Awards 2023, sponsored by LNER, which recognise, congratulate and celebrate outstanding businesses and individuals that deliver a world-class experience for visitors to the city.  

The last Visit York Tourism Awards 2022 took place earlier this year in March, where 15 of York’s top tourism businesses celebrated a win at the ceremony at York Racecourse. Winners of eligible categories were put forward to the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence, with Middletons Hotel’s Adam Wardale going on to win the national Unsung Hero award.  

Returning on 23rd March 2023 at York Racecourse for a black-tie ceremony and an evening of entertainment, there will be 16 Visit York Tourism Awards up for grabs including: 

  • B&B and Guest House of the Year   
  • Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year   
  • Cultural Venue of the Year* sponsored by Clarion Housing Group 
  • Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism Award sponsored by The Fabl 
  • Event or Festival the Year* sponsored by LNER 
  • Experience of the Year sponsored by Destination Core 
  • Large Attraction of the Year   
  • Large Hotel of the Year sponsored by Streamline Taxis  
  • New Tourism Business of the Year   
  • Pub of the Year sponsored by Hunter Gee Holroyd  
  • Resilience & Innovation Award sponsored by York St John University  
  • Retailer of the Year* sponsored by Fidomoney  
  • Self Catering Accommodation of the Year   
  • Small Attraction of the Year   
  • Small Hotel of the Year   
  • Taste of England Award sponsored by Fowlers of York  

There are two new categories introduced for the 2023 awards, ‘Cultural Venue of the Year’ and ‘Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism Award’.  

From hotels to restaurants, pubs to visitor attractions; businesses and cultural organisations across the city are being urged to enter – with the deadline of Friday 26th August to submit their winning entries online at www.visityork.org/awards. The awards are free to enter for Visit York members and £150+VAT for non-members. 

Once all the entries are in, a panel of independent judges will decide on the final shortlist and winners through a mix of mystery shopping and rigorous analysis against the entry criteria. Businesses can check the eligibility criteria and enter the Visit York Tourism Awards online at www.visityork.org/awards. 

Sarah Loftus, Managing Director at Make It York, said: “The Visit York Tourism Awards celebrate the very best in tourism, hospitality and culture in our city and surrounding areas. For many years, winning these awards have had huge benefits for businesses both regionally and nationally, with many awards being automatically put forward for the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence. This year, following his win at the Visit York Tourism Awards 2022, Middletons Hotel’s Adam Wardale went on to win Unsung Hero at the Visit England Awards for Excellence.  

With 16 opportunities to take home an award in 2023, as well as the introduction of two new categories, businesses have until 26th August to get their entries in!” 

Councillor Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities at City of York Council, said: “York’s tourism industry plays a major role in our city’s economy and culture, with a vibrant offering, which sets us apart from other cities. There are many excellent local businesses and organisations who make our city world-renowned to millions of visitors every year and . The Tourism Awards are a great way to celebrate their wonderful work and the contribution they make to our great city. I would encourage all across the industry to apply to ensure their efforts can be rightly recognised.” 

*Visit York only. These categories are not eligible to go forward to the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.   

ENDS 

For more information: 

Sarah Foster and Brittany Guymer 

Communications team at Make It York 

Comms@makeityork.com 

Notes to Editors: 

Applications for the Visit York Tourism Awards 2023 are open until 5pm, Friday 26th August. Finalists will be announced in the Autumn, ahead of the awards ceremony at York Racecourse on Thursday 23rd March 2023.  

About Make It York  

Make It York’s purpose is to develop and promote the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally – as a vibrant and attractive place to live, visit, study, work and do business.  The company’s remit covers leisure and business tourism, city centre management, Shambles Market and festivals and events. 

Visit York is a part of Make It York and is the leisure tourism brand  

Under the brand Visit York, Make It York’s aim is to market York as a must-see world-class destination to the leisure visitor and ensure investment to develop the quality of tourism in York. 

York Ice Trail 2023: Date and Theme Announced

York Ice Trail organisers, Make It York, are pleased to announce that plans are underway for the family-favourite event to return to the city in February 2023.  

The theme for York Ice Trail 2023 will invite people to time travel to prehistoric ages, walk through history and step into the future for ‘A Journey Through Time’. 

The last York Ice Trail took place in March 2022 and was a huge success, following a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Over 40 ice sculptures lined the streets of York over the weekend, with an estimated 25,000 people participating in the trail. Research commissioned with Qa Research showed that 94% of participants would recommend the trail to family and friends.* 

The free trail also had a positive impact on businesses in the city, with 81% of participants eating out or drinking in the city’s restaurants, cafes and bars. Plus, more than 50% were likely to go shopping or visit an attraction. 

Post-pandemic, York Ice Trail appealed to more residents than pre-pandemic in 2020. The proportion of residents visiting York Ice Trail in 2022 increased to 39%, compared with 23% in February 2020. 

York Ice Trail 2023 will once again see the ‘coolest’ sculptures around the city, all sponsored and concepted by local businesses. UK and Europe’s leading ice specialists, Icebox will design and create all the sculptures for the 2023 trail for the second year.  

Sarah Loftus, Managing Director at Make It York, said: “York Ice Trail is one of the best-loved events in the city and we’re so excited to planning our next trail in February 2023. It’s a huge celebration of our city and a great opportunity for businesses to come together to support. The concept for next year’s trail will inspire the imagination with ‘A Journey Through Time’, transporting visitors across time and dimension!” 

Greg Pittard, Managing Director at Icebox, said: “We are thrilled to be returning to York for the second year in a row as the sculptors for the 2023 Ice Trail!  The York Ice Trail is by far one of the ‘coolest’ events we have been a part of, and we have a busy few months in the freezer ahead as we begin carving for this year’s theme. Thank you to Make It York and all the amazing businesses across the city for trusting us and making this event possible!” 

For more information, visit York Ice Trail | Visit York  #YorkIceTrail  

*Research based on a survey of 393 visitors  

ENDS 

For more information, please contact: 

Sarah Foster, Communications Manager at Make It York 

Comms@makeityork.com 

Notes to Editors 

York Ice Trail 2023 will return on 4th and 5th February. York Ice Trail is a Make It York event. 

About Make It York 

Make It York’s purpose is to develop and promote the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally – as a vibrant and attractive place to live, visit, study, work and do business. Its mission is to grow the economic prosperity and wider wellbeing of York and its citizens. In practice, this means delivering a range of projects and programmes based around our corporate strategic priorities.   

These are:  

  • City positioning and profile-raising 
  • Ensuring an exciting city centre 
  • Delivering the city’s ground-breaking Cultural Strategy 

York’s Unsung Hero wins at national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence

Adam Wardale, General Manager at Middletons Hotel in York, won the Unsung Hero award at the tourism industry’s annual national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence in Birmingham.

Following Adam’s win for Unsung Hero at this year’s Visit York Tourism Awards in March, he was put forward for consideration in the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence and was shortlisted as a finalist alongside Neeshal Jeewon and Clive Goodwin.  

The Unsung Hero Award is a new award for 2022, which recognises an individual working for a tourism business who excels in their role and deserves to be applauded for their work and commitment to the industry. Upon winning the Visit York Tourism Award in March, judges commented that “Adam Wardale at Middletons is a very deserving winner. As well as being instrumental in transforming the hotel into a luxury destination, he has undertaken a number of initiatives to benefit the community such as his work with local prisoners. He is inspiring and a credit to York.” 

Adam celebrated his win at the national awards ceremony last night, 8 June, at the Library of Birmingham, where Gold, Silver and Bronze winners were announced by broadcaster and author Clare Balding.  

The prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence have been running for more than 30 years, celebrating and championing innovation, quality and best practice across the industry recognising businesses and individuals who raise the bar of England’s tourism offer. 

The full list of winners for the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence can be found here.  

Adam Wardale, General Manager at Middletons Hotel and winner of the Unsung Hero Award, said: “It was both an honour and a privilege to be nominated, yet alone to win, the prestigious Unsung Hero Award at both the Visit York and VisitEngland awards. On both a professional and personal level, I am incredibly proud to have been able to represent Middletons Hotel and York – a wonderful city that has such as diverse tourism offering. Over the past few years, the Middletons’ team has worked incredibly hard to develop the hotel and offer guests a first-class experience. We’re also extremely proud to be able to give back to the York community by forging strong partnerships with local institutions such as HMP Askham Grange women’s prison. This has always been a personal passion of mine and I’m determined that we will continue to support local schools, colleges and universities to promote and champion hospitality as a viable career.” 

Sarah Loftus, Managing Director at Make It York, said: “A huge congratulations to Adam for his well-deserved win at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence! We’re incredibly grateful for all the hard work that Adam has put into our city and for always going above and beyond, both for our visitors and in our communities. A huge congratulations again to Adam and we’re so proud that he’s brought this national accolade home to York.” 

Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston said: “Our superb tourism businesses offer something for everyone and the sector is one we can be proud of. It is fantastic to see so many hardworking businesses of all sizes recognised for their gold-standard contribution to English tourism and I congratulate all the winners.” 

Nick de Bois, Advisory Board Chair at VisitEngland, said: “It is wonderful to see the Awards event back in-person, giving us the opportunity to come together, celebrate and congratulate the best-of-the-best across England’s world-class tourism industry. 

“From an accessible and inclusive sailing school to a family run rural glamping site and an immersive living museum, these awards highlight the outstanding quality, the innovation and the customer service excellence across our industry. All these businesses are winners in every sense. 

“Millions of jobs and local economies depend on tourism and this year’s awards also highlight the dedication of tourism businesses as they rebuild, championing best practice and providing visitors with first-class experiences.” 

ENDS 

For further information please contact:  

Sarah Foster, Communications Manager at Make It York 

Email: comms@makeityork.com 

Notes to editors: 

  • This year’s national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence aligned with 14 local competitions, which ran across England, with winners automatically entered into the national awards. 
  • For more information about the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence – see www.VisitEnglandAwards.org 
  • The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence has been accredited with the Awards Trust Mark. The Awards Trust Mark scheme, run by The Independent Awards Standards Council, enhances trust between those entering awards schemes, and the organisations running them. For more information about the Awards Trust Mark see – https://awardstrustmark.org/ 
  • TXGB (Tourism Exchange Great Britain) is a business to business platform connecting tourism suppliers to a diverse range of domestic and international distributors. 
  • For images of the individual VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2022 winners contact Thomas.Clues@visitbritain.org 

About Make It York 

Make It York  

Make It York’s purpose is to develop and promote the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally – as a vibrant and attractive place to live, visit, study, work and do business.  The company’s remit covers leisure and business tourism, city centre management, Shambles Market and festivals and events. 

Visit York is a part of Make It York and is the leisure tourism brand.

Under the brand Visit York, Make It York’s aim is to market York as a must-see world-class destination to the leisure visitor and ensure investment to develop the quality of tourism in York. 

City comes together to bring Ukraine’s Kyiv City Ballet to York Theatre Royal  

Tickets on-sale now, 100% of ticket sales to be donated to UNICEF’s Ukraine Appeal 

On Tuesday 14th June, York Theatre Royal will be hosting a very special gala performance from Ukraine’s Kyiv City Ballet. In the company’s first UK performance, all ticket proceeds will be donated to UNICEF’s Ukraine Appeal.  

Tickets are now on-sale for the special performance which will be split into two parts, under the direction of Ivan Kozlov and Ekaterina Kozlova. Firstly, a class from the company of the Kyiv City Ballet followed by excerpts from ballets such as Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.  

Tom Bird, Chief Executive of York Theatre Royal, personally invited the prestigious Kyiv City Ballet to perform at the theatre after learning that the company were stranded in France. The Kyiv City Ballet had been on tour in France as the war broke out in Ukraine and have resided there ever since, with it being too unsafe for them to return home to Ukraine. 

City partners in York have come together to make this fundraising performance a reality, with Make It York, City of York Council and York BID supporting York Theatre Royal with organisation and logistics to bring the Kyiv City Ballet to York.  

Eurostar and LNER have stepped in to arrange the company’s return travel from France to York for the fundraising performance. While Visit York members Elmbank Hotel, Malmaison, Middletons, Sandburn Hall, The Grand, The Principal and York Marriott have all offered to accommodate the Kyiv City Ballet company and crew while they’re in the city, with additional hospitality offered from City Cruises and Bettys. The company will also receive a Civic welcome at York Mansion House. 

First Bus will support on the visa costs to bring the company to York, with remaining costs and company fees for the performance to be covered through corporate sponsorship.  

An evening with the Kyiv City Ballet will be a special opportunity for York to publicly show its support for the citizens of Ukraine, while celebrating an incredible evening of dance. 100% of the ticket sales from the performance will go to UNICEF to support people in Ukraine, as nominated by the ballet company. 

Ivan Kozlov, General Director of Kyiv City Ballet, said: “We are honoured to be performing in York and sharing our art with a British audience. We are hugely grateful to everyone who has collaborated to bring our company to the United Kingdom for the first time.”

Tom Bird, Chief Executive of York Theatre Royal, said: “It is a huge honour to be hosting Kyiv City Ballet at York Theatre Royal. This is the company’s first UK appearance since their city came under attack, and we are proud that York is able to stand in solidarity with Kyiv by supporting these extraordinary dancers for this one-off visit.”  

Sarah Loftus, Managing Director at Make It York, said: “We are so proud of our city pulling together to bring the Kyiv City Ballet to York. This is a special opportunity to celebrate world-class performers, while raising vital funds for the people of Ukraine. The generosity of businesses and residents in York has made this possible.” 

Councillor Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities, said: “In what are incredibly dark times, it has been heartening to see York’s response as the city has come together to show our support and solidarity with our Ukrainian friends here in York and in Ukraine. From donations and heart-warming signs of solidarity to housing refugees, it’s clear that we as a city are united and ready to do all we can to stand with Ukraine and its people. 

“Art has a unique way of uniting people and that’s certainly what we need more now than ever. I’m grateful to all those involved for their support in setting up this amazing event. It will certainly be an emotional and wonderful evening for a crucial cause – please do consider supporting the event and charities involved in helping Ukrainians at this difficult time.” 

Andrew Lowson, Executive Director at York BID, said: “It is always good to hear of high quality cultural offerings coming to York, but for our City to attract the Kyiv City Ballet will feel really special.  Many of us feel helpless on how we can support Ukraine, but I know residents and businesses will want to show support and solidarity, as well as celebrate the visit of a world-renowned group of performers.”  

Adam Wardale, Chair of Hospitality Association York (HAY) and General Manager at Middletons Hotel, said: “The members of HAY are incredibly proud to be able to offer Ukraine’s Kyiv City Ballet performers accommodation throughout their stay in York. This is a fantastic opportunity to support Ukraine, whilst also celebrating the arts, and I would encourage people to attend the show and show their solidarity.” 

ENDS 

For further information or interview requests: 

Sarah Foster, Communications Manager at Make It York 

Sarah.Foster@makeityork.com / 07719 105 088 

NOTES TO EDITORS 

Kyiv City Ballet will perform at York Theatre Royal on Tuesday 14th June at 7.30pm, 100% of ticket sales will support the people of Ukraine.  

Ticket Information 

Ticket prices: £15, £24, £33, £41 (100% of ticket proceeds will be donated to UNICEF, as agreed with Kyiv City Ballet) 

Tickets are available from York Theatre Royal Box Office in person or on the phone 01904 623568 (Mon – Sat, 13.00 – 17.00 and until 20.00 on performance days) and online at yorktheatreroyal.co.uk 

Additional Information 

Performance running time: approximately 2.5 hours 

Funding Information 

To make this production happen, York Theatre Royal have requested £20,000 in corporate sponsorship to cover the costs of bringing the Kyiv City Ballet to York. This includes visa costs (supported by First Bus) for the company and their performance fees. 

If businesses would like to enquire about sponsoring this event, please contact eleanor.mckenna@yorktheatreroyal.co.uk  

100% of ticket sales will be donated to UNICEF’s Ukraine Appeal.  

About Kyiv City Ballet 

The Kyiv City Ballet was founded in 2014 by ActArt LLC by the director of both ActArt LLC and subsequently the Kyiv City Ballet; Ivan Kozlov. The company has over 25 ballets in its repertoire and has conducted numerous successful tours throughout Europe and Asia; France, Hungary, Slovenia, Austria, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, and the Middle East. The dancers are of the highest calibre; from the corps de ballet to the principal soloists. 

https://www.kcbtheater.com/about

About Make It York 

Make It York’s purpose is to develop and promote the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally – as a vibrant and attractive place to live, visit, study, work and do business.  The company’s remit covers leisure and business tourism, city centre management, Shambles Market and festivals and events. 

Visit York is a part of Make It York and is the leisure tourism brand. Under the brand Visit York, Make It York’s aim is to market York as a must-see world-class destination to the leisure visitor and ensure investment to develop the quality of tourism in York. 

About York Theatre Royal 

York Theatre Royal has brought delight and fulfilment to the people of York and beyond by offering a rich and diverse programme of creative activity for over 275 years.  

York Theatre Royal is one of the UK’s leading creative producers and presenters, constantly building on its reputation for producing high quality and ambitious theatre with highly regarded productions of new commissions, revivals at all scales, extraordinary site specific and large scale community shows and each year delivering a pantomime of international renown. 

The theatre strives to be innovative, far-reaching and proactive in helping its entire community to live creative lives and has an engagement and participation programme that is nationally recognised and admired. 

York Theatre Royal is committed to be forward-thinking and inclusive. It is a theatre at the very heart of its community and it is here for everyone. 

www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk 

Twitter:               @YorkTheatre 

Instagram:          @YorkTheatreRoyal 

Facebook:           /YorkTheatreRoyal  

15 organisations awarded ARG Events & Festivals Grants

Earlier this year, York based organisations negatively impacted by Covid-19 were invited to apply for a new Events and Festivals Grant Scheme to support upcoming events in 2022.  

Following a successful application process, Make It York and City of York Council are pleased to award grants to fifteen York-based organisations. The purpose for this grant funding is to support the delivery of events and festivals which would have happened in 2020 and/or 2021, as well as new events and festivals led by York-based organisations who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic and therefore unable to fund the overall costs of such activities themselves.  

The £50k grant funding comes from the Government’s ARG fund, and is provided by City of York Council to Make It York, to be delivered in consultation with the Executive Members for Culture & Communities and Economy & Strategic Planning, supporting York’s economic recovery from Covid-19.  

The fifteen events and festivals who have been awarded funding from the ARG Events and Festivals Grant are:  

  • York LGBT+ Pride (18 June 2022): York’s summer Pride event provides the main platform for a celebration of the diversity of the LGBT+ community through entertainment, inclusivity and fun. https://yorkpride.org.uk/  
  • 2022 Wagon Plays organised by York Mystery Plays (19 – 26 June 2022): York Mystery Plays are a unique part of York’s literary and cultural heritage and allow hundreds of local people to engage with their own history. The Wagon Plays will be performed in June 2022 in outdoor locations across York.  https://www.yorkmysteryplays.co.uk/buy-tickets/  
  • York Mediale 2022 Events (24 June – 18 September 2022, and November 2022): Funding will support a programme of events at York Art Gallery including the ‘Body Vessel Clay’ exhibition and the Immersive Assembly, Mediale’s international artist development programme, in collaboration with the city of Viborg in Denmark, a fellow UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts. https://mediale.org.uk/immersive-assembly/ https://www.yorkartgallery.org.uk/exhibition/body-vessel-clay/  
  • Operation Hummingbird organised by Next Door But One CIC (August 2022): A new play by Next Door But One exploring loss, love, terminal illness and anticipatory grief. Operation Hummingbird is a conversation across the decades about a sudden family death, realising an opportunity that we all wish we could do at some point in our life; go back and talk to our younger self. https://www.nextdoorbutone.co.uk/Operation-Hummingbird.php 
  • Wilberforce Bounces Back organised by The Wilberforce Trust (August and December 2022): The trust will host two community fayres – the return of their annual Christmas Fayre and a new Summer Fayre. The events will include old style village fayres, with sideshow stalls, fairground type games, craft stalls, food, silent auction and a raffle. https://www.wilberforcetrust.org.uk/ 
  • Groves Community Cinema organised by Theatre@41 (Quarterly from September 2022): A new regular community cinema with a weekend of films every quarter is coming to York. Showing a mixture of topical films relevant to the lived experiences of the local community, films from the Yorkshire Film Archive, and a more accessible and affordable cinematic environment for the young people of the Groves and York. https://www.41monkgate.co.uk/ 
  • York Design Week 2022 organised by Kaizen Arts Agency CIC (October 2022): York Design Week (YDW) is an annual city-wide multidisciplinary festival offering a programme of events, workshops, talks, exhibitions, and performances. This year’s theme aims to positively shift conversation and behaviour around what design means and how it can offer innovative solutions. https://www.yorkdesignweek.com/ 
  • Making Moves (previously Dance It Up North) organised by York Dance Space (October 2022): Making Moves is a community dance production which brings together the diverse communities of York and North Yorkshire to perform at York Theatre Royal.  https://yorkdancespace.com/ 
  • York Unlocked CIC (October 2022): Discover interesting buildings that are usually difficult to access with York Unlocked. Visitors will have the opportunity to take a look around famous York buildings including Herbert House, St Williams College, The Guildhall, Kings Manor, Old Archbishops Palace, Bootham School, De Grey Rooms, Lodge Duncombe Place, Hudson Quarter, Monk Bar, Chapel St Johns Uni and more. https://york-unlocked.org.uk/ 
  • BAFTA-Qualifying Aesthetica Film Festival organised by Aesthetica Magazine Ltd (November 2022): The BAFTA-Qualifying Aesthetica Film Festival is one of the key destinations for new cinema in the UK. The festival will screen new films across 12 venues in the city centre this November and provides education and learning opportunities, as well as access to new film and high-profile speakers. https://www.asff.co.uk/ 
  • 2022 Yorkshire Schools Dance Festival organised by Creative Learning Partnerships (November 2022): The Yorkshire Schools Dance Festival is open to all primary schools, secondary schools, colleges, further education providers and community dance companies across Yorkshire. Over 1000 participants will create and perform fresh choreography in a large-scale venue, as well as taking part in workshops and watch performances by professional dance companies.   https://www.yorkshireschoolsdancefestival.co.uk/ 
  • SLAP York Showcase organised by SLAP York (SLAP Collective LTD) (November/December 2022): The SLAP York Showcase includes four creative workshops and a showcase of brand-new work created by artists living in the city. There’ll be live performances, including one to one experiences, durational work and participatory performance.  https://www.slapyork.co.uk/ 
  • Poetry For All organised by Stairwell Books / York Spoken Word (November/December 2022): Poetry For All welcomes newcomers and regulars to join their poetry and prose open mic, which has been going for over 16 years. Offering a platform to disabled poets, they were the first UK event BSL signed with poems also PowerPointed in an accessible venue. http://www.yorkspokenword.org.uk/ 
  • Christmas Folk at the NCEM (December 2022): Based in the centre of York since 2000, the NCEM promotes high quality concerts across a wide range of music genres. Christmas Folk at the NCEM will showcase three traditional/folk concerts taking place at the NCEM in December 2022. https://www.ncem.co.uk/ 
  • ”The Shambles Saved Christmas!” organised by Thunk-It Theatre Ltd (December 2022): ‘The Shambles Saved Christmas!’ is a one person, family theatre performance, written to showcase the famous Shambles Market in York City Centre, whilst celebrating festive cheer. There’ll also be opportunities to take part in crafting sessions, including make your own festive decorations. https://www.thunkittheatre.co.uk/ 

All events will receive support from Visit York membership, to ensure that their event is as far reaching as possible.  

Helen Apsey, Head of Culture and Wellbeing at Make It York, said: “We received a high number of applications, of a very high standard, for the Events and Festivals Grants Scheme, and we’re delighted to be supporting 15 incredible initiatives with this funding. It’s a really broad, vibrant and diverse mix of events and festivals, which support local communities and residents, the local economy, and the aims of the York Culture Strategy.  

“It’s been a really difficult few years for people, and these events will give residents the chance to re-engage with their city, to take part in new activities, and to celebrate and enjoy the diverse range of events and festivals happening in York this year, as well as attracting visitors to support the local economy.  

“Many events and festivals have been severely impacted by the covid-19 pandemic, couldn’t take place as planned, or had to be cancelled altogether – and it’s still impacting organisers’ ability to fund the overall costs of events activity now. We’re really grateful to City of York Council for making this grants funding available from its Additional Restrictions Grant Allocation, to help us support so many events and festivals in York. Crucially, this funding will also enable many of these initiatives to become more sustainable in future years.”  

Councillor Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities, said: “I would like to congratulate all successful applicants. It’s great to see so many worthy events and causes receiving this latest financial boost. 

“The ARG fund has previously supported safe, large-scale events across the city, such as Jorvik Viking Festival, York Food and Drink Festival, York Design Week and Aesthetica Film Festival. I look forward to the recipients of this latest set of funding use it to boost York’s exciting event scene, offering even more for residents and visitors to look forward to.” 

Alan Park, Chair at Theatre@41, said: “The ARG Events and Festival grant will allow us to launch Theatre@41’s Groves Community Cinema, providing our local residents with a relaxed, affordable and accessible cinema that allows the community to connect with one another and provide some with their first visit to a theatre. Without this money we would not have been able to launch the cinema. Now the Groves and the wider York community can benefit from this event for years to come.” 

For more information: 

Sarah Foster, Communications Manager at Make It York  

Comms@makeityork.com  

Notes to Editors:  

Grant funding comes from the Government’s ARG fund, and is provided by City of York Council to Make It York, to be delivered in consultation with the Executive Members for Culture & Communities and Economy & Strategic Planning, supporting York’s economic recovery from Covid-19.  

Events and festivals applying for the grant funding were asked to demonstrate the following: 

1. Evidence that their event has been negatively impacted by the covid-19 pandemic: demonstrating that the event has been delayed/ timelines affected, with evidence of financial losses/ reduced income OR how your new event has been negatively impacted by the pandemic and therefore you are unable to fund the overall costs of such activities yourselves 

2. How funding for this event/ festival will support economic/ wider recovery from covid-19 

3. How this event/ festival will support residents and communities  

4. How this event/ festival supports the aims and vision of the York Culture Strategy, York’s Creative Future, 2020-25 

5. How this grant funding will support the event to become more sustainable in future years. 

About Make It York  

Make It York’s purpose is to develop and promote the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally – as a vibrant and attractive place to live, visit, study, work and do business. Its mission is to grow the economic prosperity and wider wellbeing of York and its citizens. In practice, this means delivering a range of projects and programmes based around our corporate strategic priorities.   

These are:  

  • City positioning and profile-raising 
  • Ensuring an exciting city centre 
  • Delivering the city’s ground-breaking Cultural Strategy 

Bank of England Governor visits York

On Friday 8th April from 12.30 – 2.00pm, Make It York hosted a private lunch at Gray’s Court Hotel with key stakeholders and the Governor of the Bank of England.

The Governor gave a short introduction over lunch before discussions began about how local businesses have been affected by the pandemic. The Governor was particularly interested in the impacts on supply chains and the labour market, as well as plans for the future and the impact of the situation in Russia and Ukraine. 

Sarah Loftus, Managing Director at Make It York, says, “It was an invaluable opportunity to get so many influential members of the York community together with the Governor of the Bank of England to discuss the issues that we are facing as a city and as a community. It’s important that the voices of the stakeholders and local businesses are heard and, as a city, we’re aware and prepared for any changes ahead.” 

Professor Charlie Jeffery, Vice-Chancellor at University of York,says “It was a really valuable opportunity to discuss with the Governor how national and international economic developments might impact in York – and how we should best play our cards in the interests of our city and those who live and work here.”

Andrew Lowson, Executive Director at York BID, says ‘It was a unique occasion for York business leaders to be able to listen to the Governor’s insight on the impact of Brexit, Covid and now Ukraine.  We were able to highlight York’s strong bounce-back from the pandemic, whilst at the same time recognising the fact that cost pressures and labour shortages that will impact the local economy in 2022’   

Alex Golledge, Bank of England Agent for Yorkshire, says “it was really great to bring the Governor to York on Friday.  My job enables me to regularly bring out senior policymakers from Threadneedle Street to hear first-hand what is going on in the real economy.  The conversation over lunch covered a range of issues relevant to policy decision making at the moment for e.g. how York as navigated the pandemic, conditions in the labour market, pay and plans for investment.  The York Central development sounded particularly exciting for the city.  Andrew really enjoy the event. 

In attendance at the lunch was:

Sarah Loftus Make It York Managing Director

Greg Dyke Make It York & York Central Strategic Board Chair

Andrew Bailey Bank of England Governor

Alex Golledge Bank of England Agent

Ben Biggs, Senior Policy Adviser to the Governor 

Professor Karen Bryan York St John University Vice Chancellor

Professor Charlie Jeffery University of York Vice Chancellor

William Derby York Racecourse Chief Executive

Jenny Herrera Good Business Charter CEO

Sarah Czarnecki Gray’s Court Hotel Partner

Paul Kissack Joseph Rowntree Foundation Group CEO

Andrew Lowson York BID Executive Director

Cllr Andrew Waller City of York Council Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning

James Farrar York & North Yorkshire LEP Chief Operating Officer

Jonathan King Pavers Finance Director

Rebecca Hill Indie York Chair

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