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One of the best things about living in York is, of course, the food.  Yorkshire has so much to boast about when it comes to tasty treats – from local produce to international food and drink. And this year, the famous (free!) York Food Festival is turning up the heat. Here are a few things you can expect to find… Spark is York’s newest community of independent businesses, including cafes, street food outlets, and bars. Made from brightly coloured shipping containers, Spark will be hosting some of the Taste Workshops
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The curtain’s up and the stage is most definitely set at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre.  Getting to work! Thanks to The Big Lottery Fund, our beloved volunteer-run theatre has already taken advantage of the £10,000 cash injection. The beautiful Art Deco-style auditorium has always been a sight for sore eyes. However, the refurbishment has seen old, sealed-in, low-risk asbestos in the walls removed by specialists, followed by replastering and repainting. The theatre is now ready for the new season of shows. Dan Shrimpton, Chair of Trustees, says: “We’re working to a
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This month our resident Canadian, Anne Dawson, turns her attention to Brown Sauce. Anne Dawson Can we talk about brown sauce, please? Brown. Sauce. Imagine for a moment you are a stranger to this beautiful land, steeped in ancient ritual and odd terminology. You find yourself in a typically British pub – you know, the kind with low ceilings, exposed beams, pictures of famous poets or hunting dogs or royalty on the walls, and tables that have a perma-stickiness to them despite having stinky cloths waved vaguely over them after
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Irish funny man Dylan Moran is returning to York’s Grand Opera House with his latest show, Dr Cosmos. We were excited to hear from him as he shared his views on touring, writing, and the story behind the show’s name… As he prepares to take Dr Cosmos across the UK, Dylan Moran appears to have quite the game plan, given that he announces a new comedy tour approximately every three years. But appearances can be deceiving. “I’m glad to be able to say that I don’t know how often I
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What can start off as a simple good deed, can evolve into a whole new way of life. And an incredible one at that. If you enjoy getting out and about, have some spare time on your hands, and are keen to make a difference to the lives of people in need – York Blind and Partially Sighted Society (YBPSS) are looking for you. Their home visiting scheme gives those who struggle with sight loss the opportunity to live an independent life. As well as helping them to get out
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Get ready to experience the future of art. The York Mediale Festival is a 10-day citywide programme of exhibitions, live performances, music, dance, and more – and it’s coming to York. This creative event will demonstrate how today’s technology can be incorporated into art, and how this can challenge our lifestyles and our surroundings. Featuring world premiere commissions from leading artists, prepare to be blown away by works like no other. Tom Higham, Creative Director of York Mediale, says: “We will be commissioning and exhibiting exciting work from visionary artists,
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Panto season might be approaching, but York legends Berwick Kaler and Martin Barrass are taking to the stage for a very different reason. Sunday 4th November will see our panto heroes commemorating the War Heroes at York Barbican’s Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance – 100 years after the end of World War I. Berwick and Martin will be joined on stage by some of York’s greatest soloists, including Lessa Liversidge, Jacob Walsh and Ionica Adriana. Local school children will also gather to sing songs of the 1918 era. Students
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York Theatre Royal is one of York’s landmarks, having stood proudly in St. Leonard’s Place since 1744. But what about its sister building, the De Grey Rooms? As well as providing a rehearsal home to the Theatre Royal’s Youth Theatre, the neo-classical Grade II listed building also hosts private parties such as weddings and anniversaries and business events. The De Grey Rooms, named after Thomas Philip de Grey, was originally used as an officers’ mess, where it later became a non-military venue for balls and concerts. It even gave people
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Tonight Matthew, I’m going to be… York-born poet, W. H. Auden. As the York Theatre Royal audience members shuffle to their seats, there’s already plenty to be looking at on stage. Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art tells the story of wordsmith W H Auden (played by Olivier Award winning Stars in the Eyes host, Matthew Kelly) and composer Benjamin Britten (David Yelland), and their friendship. But there’s a twist – it’s told through a group of fictional actors. The scenery depicts a classic village hall: off-white and turquoise wood-paneled
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The bosses at the Coppergate Centre in York are bucking the trend for closing shops in York city centre, announcing that they now have full occupation of all of the units, with the opening of the new Pavers store at the top of Coppergate Walk and a new bubble tea outlet. The final unit to be let is the former change kiosk within St Mary’s Square, which has opened as Hubble Bubble Tea, having been used in recent months as a screening space for the Royal Wedding, and a selfie
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