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Strike A Light: Illuminating York

21st October 2016

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Visitors to this year’s Illuminating York will be encouraged to make their own luminescent artworks, with a specially commissioned free mobile phone app that enables you to add colour to your evening visit.

Created by York-based New Moon Games, the app enables users to add neon-light style effects to photographs of York’s city streets during the festival to create an online gallery of designs.

"With free city-wide wifi, this app will add a new dimension to illuminating York this year. Visitors will be able to stretch their imaginations whilst enjoying the main illuminated exhibits of this year’s event," explains Kate McMullen, Head of Tourism for Make It York, which co-ordinates the festival on behalf of a city-wide steering group. "This year’s exhibits range from creating new architecture with beams of light within York Minster, to a forest of glowing trees at York St John University, with gardens of light, technical projections, light-animated sculptures and circles of light to be found throughout the city, along with architectural lighting of key buildings including Clifford’s Tower, St Michael le Belfry and the city walls - what better source of inspiration could there be?"

The app will be available for download on Apple and Android devices throughout the festival, and is geo-linked so that it works within York city centre. Visitors can take advantage of the app anywhere in the city - whether following the Bunny Lamps Trail around the city, or enjoying the international street food available each evening in Shambles Food Court.

The app is powered by Ar.tifact, New Moon Games’ augmented reality platform and adds a virtual colour revolution to the real-world transformative effects seen throughout the city through the use of light. "It’s been a pleasure to work with illuminating York and Make it York to develop this experience. The aim is to encourage people to create and share their Augmented Reality light paintings and we can’t wait to see what people come up with," comments Andy Nye, Managing director of New Moon Games.

Supported by Arts Council England, this year’s festival features six newly commissioned artworks using light, a series of lighting designs by local schools and the Society of Light and Lighting, architectural lighting of Clifford’s Tower and Royal York Hotel by Lumenpulse and a host of ‘Fringe’ events to create evenings to remember across York’s historic streets, as well as the popular Bunny Lamps Trail.

For more details, or to download the app, click the link below. Updates on this year’s Festival will be displayed on Twitter @illuminateyork and the latest work-in-progress pictures of some of this year’s artworks on Instagram.

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