Culture

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.  

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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. 

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Cultural Wellbeing Grants Support Heritage Hunters Project

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 is Heritage Hunters – which saw 10 Hull Road residents join with York Museums Trust to look back and learn more about the history of the people who used to live in their area. This was not only a research project, but also a way to unite the community and encourage neighbours to learn more about each other.  

Through the use of five workshops running from January to April, the Heritage Hunters worked closely with both York Castle Museum and York Explore to uncover maps, council minutes, photographs, diaries and a whole variety of artefacts that would help them find out more about their local community. 

From the discussions, activities and responses of those involved, a pop-up exhibition has been created which will be loaned to local schools and community centres across the city, allowing them to learn about the newly uncovered history of their local area. Four banners have been created, highlighting all the information collated by the group, as well as booklets which will be distributed to local schools and community centres in May 2022. 

There has also been a 16-page toolkit which has been sent to interested parties living on Hull Road. To date, this has included 50 households and is currently downloadable from the York Musuem Trust website. 

Philip Newton, Communities Engagement Researcher who led the Heritage Hunters Project, says: 

“Honestly, Hull Road Heritage Hunters has been one of the most uplifting and enjoyable projects I have been involved with. Not only have we discovered interesting and personal stories linked to Hull Road but it has brought together neighbours who had never met and now share an interest in their local heritage. The Cultural Commissioning grant award has allowed us to test new ways of working with local communities and will now be able to continue this project annually with other areas in the city; expanding our knowledge of the city and sharing it with local residents.” 

Other comments from participants include:  

The most enjoyable part of the project was ‘meeting other people with interests in local history, and discussing ideas with them. Working in a group of new researchers, and presenting the work together in the community was the highlight. revealing the facts. I also loved scouring the archives.’ 

Participants were pleased at the opportunity of ‘getting the brain cells going, meeting other people and working out how to continue when the project has finished. i.e. attending Tang Hall History groups and the connections made at these places.’ 

‘We’ve loved working on this project & the opportunity to meet our neighbours. I’m sure we’ll all keep in touch. We’re not stopping now – I’m determined to find out when the Bees Wing was built!’ 

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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  

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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 

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Applications are open for Cultural Wellbeing Grants 2022 

York-based charities, social enterprises, voluntary and community groups are being urged to apply for the 2022 Cultural Wellbeing Grants, with an overall fund of £30,000 available. In a collaboration between Make It York and City of York Council, with funding made available via the Better Care Fund, organisations are being invited to apply to grants up to £5,000 to aid initiatives throughout the city which will reduce loneliness and isolation and combat mental ill-health.  

With applications open until Friday 20th May 2022, organisations can apply for funding to help engage isolated people in their communities through cultural engagement to combat mental ill-health, improve physical health, or access employment and learning opportunities. Funding can be used for a wide range of project costs – including everything from materials and venue hire to set up costs, marketing, transport and administration time. 

Last year, nineteen different charities, social enterprises and community groups benefitted from the cultural and social prescribing grants funding from Make It York, City of York Council and York CVS. Spanning a diverse range of creative art forms and social activities, the grants supported everything from fairy trails and community coffee mornings to excavation projects, craft workshops and creative cafes in the city.  

Helen Apsey, Head of Culture and Wellbeing at Make It York said: “The Cultural Wellbeing Grants are a really important scheme, which support local organisations, groups and people, through funding for creative and cultural initiatives to support residents’ health and wellbeing. This focus on wellbeing is at the heart of York’s Culture Strategy, so we’re really grateful to be able to run the programme again this year, with funding from the Better Care Fund, alongside City of York Council.  

“Last year saw us supporting a wide range of projects, from theatre workshops for people affected by isolation, weekly music, movement and social sessions for adults with complex needs, through to coordinating green organisations to increase the number of people engaging with creative nature opportunities – and we’re looking forward to continuing to support many more projects through this year’s grants scheme.” 

Cllr Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities at City of York Council said: “The Cultural Wellbeing Grants programme will build on the city’s fantastic work in tackling isolation and supporting mental health across our city.  These grants will be supporting York’s voluntary sector as our communities continue to recover from the pandemic. We look forward to a variety of different applications this year, with the wellbeing being at their core.” 

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For more information: 

Brittany Guymer, Communications Executive at Make It York 

Comms@makeityork.com 

Notes to Editors: 

Further information and the application form for the Cultural Wellbeing grants can be found here – https://www.makeityork.com/culture/cultural-wellbeing-grants  

Application forms must be completed and submitted by 9am on Friday 20th May 2022 to be considered. These will be assessed and shortlisted applications will be contacted by Friday 27th May 2022.  

If you have any queries or need support to apply, please email: Carl.wain@york.gov.uk  

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 Culture Strategy 

Applications are open for Cultural Wellbeing Grants 2022  Read More »

York Music Venue Network Praises YorkLife Festival

York’s Parliament St hosted a new metropolitan festival last weekend celebrating the creativity and culture of the city, in an unprecedented special event curated by Make It York with the York Music Venue Network. 

YorkLife featured over 30 acts, musicians and interactive workshops over Saturday and Sunday, including the YorkLive music stage, which brought together some of the best local talents from across the many grassroots music venues in the city, and all local production teams.

The festival arena, which had been created especially for the event, featured a YorkGin bar, stretch tent and poster barrels highlighting listings and gig posters for the 6 venues that make up York Music Venue Network – The Crescent, The Fulford Arms, National Centre for Early Music, The York Vaults, York Barbican & FortyFive Vinyl Cafe. 

Despite varied weather, the event was busy throughout the weekend with both festival headliners Huge and The Howl & The Hum, playing to a packed Parliament St crowd who were enjoying the return of live music to the City’s streets.

Chris Sherrington from York Music Venue Network said “It’s been a truly wonderful weekend delivering an event that celebrates the amazing talent and creativity that York has to offer both on stage and behind the scenes. The event was made possible by City of York Council support and it has been wonderful to work with Make It York and Reel Productions to highlight that the local music scene is back and flourishing. Seeing families enjoy the workshops, audiences appreciating the wide programme of music and artists back on stage, playing in their home city was incredibly moving and I hope we can do it again soon. We would love to see everyone’s memories of the weekend on social media #YorkLife and thank everyone for their support.”

Big Ian from Saturday night headliner, Huge said “What a wonderful event to bring all generations together to sing with one voice. It shows the difference that people can make when venues all share their passion and expertise.This shows just how live music is so important. 32 years after first performing in York city centre it showed us why you should never hang up your guitar!”

Tom Beer from York Alt-rockers “Bull” said “The YorkLife event was a triumph! Well run by a team of excellent local dedicated music scene heroes, a free event for the people of York, an opportunity for York musicians to play in front of new and larger audiences. It was such a diverse audience, bringing the people of York closer together, & thoroughly enjoyed by all of us performing. State of the art sound and lighting, a professional experience which attracted many to York for a positive and celebratory reason as well as providing young and old York residents with an unforgettable weekend of fun and wonder!”

Bradley Blackwell from The Howl & The Hum said: “This festival was on par, if not better than, any festival, domestically or internationally, we’ve had the honour to play. The lineup, the setting, the organisation and the crew were all of the highest quality, and we’d love to play it again”

Sarah Loftus, Managing Director at Make It York says We wanted YorkLife to be a celebration of local York talent and culture, from our street musicians to our local community groups and it definitely was! It was amazing to see our residents coming together to really celebrate the sense of community in York and see some of the hottest talent York has to offer. We thank the York Music Venue Network for working so closely with us on YorkLife and we’re looking forward to further opportunities where we can come together and support our local talent.”

Throughout the day, there was also an array of interactive sessions held by local organisations in the city such as circus skills, face painting, comedy, dance and talks from the Festival of Ideas, all to inspire creativity and showcase the amazing creative businesses around York.

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Full programme announced for YorkLife Festival 

The full programme has been announced for York’s inaugural YorkLife Festival, which will see over 30 local performers and organisations come together on Parliament Street on the 2nd and 3rd April.  

Organised by Make It York, with support from the City of York Council’s ARG funding, the programme of events for YorkLife has been curated with York residents in mind, supporting local talent across the city and bringing the festival feel to York this spring. The weekend will showcase a programme of family friendly workshops, as well as stellar line-up of musical performances from the likes of The Howl and The Hum and Huge. 

There will be a full schedule of workshops throughout the weekend, from theatre to music. The full workshop programme includes:  

Saturday 2nd April – Workshops:  

  • 11.00 – 11.45: Drumming with Mark BarfootA fun and inclusive drumming session for children and families using a mixture of djembe drums and hand percussion. 
  • 12.00 – 12.45: Storytelling with Mud Pie Arts Meet Jenna, author of Cloud Tales, as you hear stories of lonely dragons and desperate dogs mixed with plenty of dressing up and fun improvisation activities.  
  • 13.00 – 13.45: Thunk-it TheatreExplore the process of creating your own dream city through drama, singing and crafting, perfect for anyone aged 4-11. 
  • 14.00 – 14.45: York Wire Skylines with Gemma Wood York Join Gemma Wood, a York-based visual artist, as you’re immersed and transformed into the depths of your curiosity. 
  • 15.00 – 15.45: YorkMix Quiz – Ben and Laura will be bringing their much-loved Game Wheel live to YorkLife, giving you a chance to win some incredible prizes. 
  • 16.00 – 16.45: The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts A fun taster session for young budding singers, dancers, actors or filmmakers in this PQA session. 
  • 17.00 – 17.45: The JORVIK Viking Takeover – A 45-minute interactive presentation about various aspects of Viking life in the 10th century. 
  • 18.15 – 19.45: Burning Duck Comedy Club Presents Stepping out of The Crescent, Burning Duck Comedy brings you 90 minutes of Live, back-to-back comedy. 

Sunday 3rd April – Workshops:  

  • 11.00 – 11.45: York Wire Skylines with Gemma Wood Join Gemma Wood, a York-based visual artist, as your immersed and transformed into the depths of your curiosity. 
  • 12.00 – 12.45: Ukulele Workshop with Christian TopmanJoin Christian Topman, co-founder of the arts barge project and bass player, to learn how to play fun tunes on the Ukulele. 
  • 13.00 – 13.45: Thunk-It Theatre Explore the process of creating your own dream city through drama, singing and crafting, perfect for anyone aged 4-11. 
  • 14.00 – 14.45 York Festival of Ideas Prepare to be inspired as you enjoy a preview of York Festival of Ideas, one of the largest free festivals of its kind in the UK. From mind-reading to crime and punishment, and the bass guitar to plasma, don’t miss a range of interactive talks. 
  • 15.00 – 15.45: Say Owt Poetry Workshop Meet Henry Raby, a York-based performance poet, as he teaches you how to make quick and fun poetry and become craftier with your words. 
  • 16.00 – 16.45: Beatboxing with Matty GrooveIn this exclusive workshop, Matty will share his knowledge and secret techniques into the unusual art of beatbox. 
  • 17.00 – 18.00 – London Magician and Card Reader, Chris Wall Be amazed with a 60-minute performance from Chris Wall and his mind-reading magic!  
  • 18.15 – 19.45: Say Owt Back-to-Back PerformanceSay Owt present a back-to-back poetry slam from their collective of ‘gobby northern poets’. 

There’ll also be all-day face painting across the weekend with Fantastic Faces, whose expert team of face and body artists are providing a series of face painting, body painting and henna from 11:00 to 17:00. 

‘Circus Workshops’ are also taking place throughout the weekend, including fun skill-building challenges such as unicycling, juggling and various other fun circus skills. A great family-friendly way to share moments and build memories.  

The main YorkLive Stage on Parliament Street will be showcasing live music by talented local artists  from afternoon to evenings, as curated by York’s Music Venue Network. The full YorkLive programme includes:  

Saturday 2nd April – Live Music: 

14:30 – Marnie Glum 

15.30 – Pennine Suite 

16.30 – Wounded Bear  

17.30 – Flatcap Carnival 

18.30 – Kitty VR  

19.30 – HUGE  

Sunday 3rd April – Live Music: 

15.00 – Bargestra 

16.00 – Floral Pattern  

17.00 – Hyde Family Jam  

18.00 – Trueman & The Indoor League  

19.00 – Bull  

20.00 – The Howl & The Hum  

There’ll also be two dance flashmobs taking place on Sunday, courtesy of the Big City Flashmob and York Dance Space. Learn the choreography on the YorkLive stage at 12:00 on Sunday to be able to take part in either of the two flashmobs on Parliament Street at 12.45 or St Helen’s Square at 13.30. There’s also a tutorial video to learn the moves here.  

The main stage will be located on Parliament Street, with an open viewing area that holds a capacity of 500 people. The workshop and performance tent will be located at the end of Parliament Street, near St Sampson’s Square, and can hold up to 100 capacity. There will also be a covered stretch tent, which will hold a York Gin bar and seating area. The stretch tent holds a further 90 people, on a one-in-one-out policy.  

YorkLife is organised by Make It York, with support from the City of York Council’s ARG funding – which aims to support businesses impacted by Covid-19. The programme of events for YorkLife has been curated with York residents in mind and to support the city’s recovery from Covid. 

Councillor Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities, said: “Our cultural sector is the life-blood of our communities. There is so much local talent in York, from musicians to comedians and poets to performers, which make our city so vibrant and unique. YorkLife is an excellent way to celebrate our home-grown musicians and performers, particularly after what have been a challenging few years for us all. I would encourage residents to join the festival and enjoy the best of York’s own local talent.” 

Sarah Loftus, Managing Director at Make It York said: “YorkLife is a celebration of local York talent and culture, from our street musicians to our local community groups. We want to really celebrate the sense of community in York and we’re encouraging residents to come join the party and see some of the hottest talent York has to offer.” 

Chris Sherrington, Music Venue Co-Owner and a member of York Music Venue Network, said: “It’s wonderful to have this opportunity to showcase some of York’s amazingly talented artists who have developed their careers across the city of York’s many great grassroots music venues. As part of YorkLife weekend, we are looking forward to celebrating the return of live music to the city and enjoying the wonderful variety of music for one and all. This event has been a true cooperative effort of York’s event industry and creatives and we look forward to working on future events.” 

This is a free event and there is no need to book tickets in advance. 

Find out more about YorkLife Festival at visityork.org/yorklife #YorkLife 

For more information, please contact: 

Brittany Guymer 

Communications Executive at Make It York 

Comms@makeityork.com 

Notes to Editors 

YorkLife  is taking place on the 2nd – 3rd April between 11:00 and 21:00 on Parliament Street. This is a free open event organised by Make It York, with the support of City of York Council’s ARG funding.  

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 

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ARG Events and Festivals Grant Scheme now open for applications 

York based organisations who have been negatively impacted by Covid-19 are invited to apply for a new Events and Festivals Grant Scheme, in order to support upcoming events in 2022. Applications are now open until 7th April on the Make It York website, with grants of up to £10,000 per organisation available.  

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the delivery of events and festivals across York, with many not taking place as planned or cancelled completely. Local arts, cultural and community organisations have also seen their finances negatively impacted by the pandemic as lockdown restrictions and social distancing halted their programme of activities and income generation. 

Recognising this challenge, City of York Council allocated £100k from its Additional Restrictions Grant Allocation to support events and festivals to take place across York. This fund has been well received and utilised, livening up the city once more. In February 2022, it was approved that a further £50k allocation from the Council’s ARG Budget would be provided to Make It York to support a broader range of festivals and events to take place across York this year. 

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. Applicants must demonstrate how their event supports economic recovery, residents, communities, plus the aims and ambitions of the York Culture Strategy.   

Organisations who are awarded grants will have access to promotions through Visit York and Make It York’s high-profile marketing and communication channels. Where an organisation is not a member of Visit York, Make It York will provide a one-year membership package to ensure that the event is as far reaching as possible. 

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.  

Sarah Loftus, Managing Director at Make It York, said: “Events and festivals have been significantly impacted throughout the pandemic, from cancellations to contingencies. This new Events and Festivals Grant Scheme, from the City of York Council’s Additional Restrictions Grant Allocation, aims to support both existing and new events taking place in the city this year benefitting residents, communities and continuing to champion York’s brilliant culture sector. Make It York have designed a quick turnaround grant-giving process, which opens from today, and we’re looking forward to receiving applications. Grants of up to £10,000 are available and we’ll be letting recipients know whether they’ve been successful before the end of April.” 

Councillor Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities, said: “This investment will support events across the city, boosting York’s reputation as a city of experiences. I urge organisations to put forward their ideas to ensure residents and visitors have many more exciting events to look forward to.” 

“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. These much-loved events were a huge success and delivered an uplift to both our economy and wellbeing.” 

For more information: 

Sarah Foster, Communications Manager at Make It York  

Comms@makeityork.com  

Notes to Editors:  

Applications for the ARG Events and Festivals Grant Scheme are open until 7th April. Please apply via the Make It York website.  

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 must 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 

ARG Events and Festivals Grant Scheme now open for applications  Read More »

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