What’s on in York: Sankta Lucia at York Minster

An atmospheric, candlelit procession and carol service for all the family based on the traditional Swedish Lucia celebration.

In Sweden, Lucia is one of the most significant traditions in the calendar – a powerful symbol and celebration of light and an integral part of the Advent season.

The celebration of Sankta Lucia is based on the bravery and martyrdom of a young Sicilian girl – St Lucy – who died in the early fourth century. Her name and story reached Sweden along with Christianity, and she remained popular even after the Reformation as the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter.

The Lucia procession enters singing the traditional Lucia song, the tune of which was brought to Sweden from Italy in the middle of the 19th century. The singers are dressed in white gowns and carry candles, with Lucia herself as the focal point, wearing a crown of candles and a red ribbon round her waist, symbolising her martyrdom.

The service is run in partnership with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.

Booking is not required but please arrive early as this is a popular service. Doors open at 7pm.

What’s on in York: Yorkshire Volunteers Brass Ensemble at Christmas

Dec _7Brass

Merchant Adventurers’ Hall :

Fri 7 Dec :

7.30pm – 9.15pm :

£15

What better way to venture into the Christmas season than with an abundance of festive favourites which are sure to get you into the seasonal spirit! The ensemble will take you on a celebratory journey of festive classics including pieces synonymous with the season along with carols and traditional songs; this enjoyable concert is a must for your Christmas calendar.

There will also be tasty festive snacks and refreshments available at an additional charge before and at the interval. Plus our shop will be open for present and stocking filler ideas!

Tickets: £15 (no concessions).

Tickets can be purchased either over the phone (01904) 654818 or in person from the Hall.

What’s on in York: Handel’s Messiah at York Minster

The York Minster Choir will be joined by internationally renowned soloists this Christmas for a special performance of Handel’s Messiah in the beautiful setting of York Minster’s Nave. The famous work was first performed in Dublin in 1742 and has since become one of the best-known and most popular English oratorios. What better way to celebrate Christmas than to experience the story of Christ through this moving and poignant choral performance?

Tickets priced at £25, £18.50 and £12.50 are  available online, by telephoning 01904 557256 or in person from York Minster’s welcome desks.

What’s on in York: The Yorkshire Historic Dictionary

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Tang Hall Explore Library at The Centre @ Burnholme :

Tue 4 Dec : 6.15pm -7.45pm :

£6, or £5 with a YorkCard

Join Alexandra Medcalf, Archivist on the Yorkshire Historic Dictionary project at the Borthwick Institute, as she unveils some of her discoveries!

This talk will use the lexis of the Yorkshire Historic Dictionary to discuss the significance of historic language; to explore Yorkshire’s forgotten or misplaced historic words; and, to consider how remembering them can lead to a greater appreciation of our heritage, communities and landscapes.

The Yorkshire Historic Dictionary project began in November 2017, thanks to funding from the Marc Fitch Fund. Using the work of Dr George Redmonds, in partnership with the Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society and in commemoration of Dr David Hey, the project seeks to create a record of Yorkshire’s historic language, from the medieval period to the present day.

£6, or £5 with a YorkCard

Please visit our ticketing website to book a place.

What’s on in York Explore events for international day of people with disabilities

Live video link with Urbino, Italy

Dec _3Italy

York Explore Library :

Mon 3 Dec :

11.15am – 12.15pm :

Free

Part of York’s UN International Day of People with Disabilities programme

Live video link at 11:30am bringing together communities from York and Urbino, Italy to celebrate International Day of People with Disabilities  2018.

Discussion and debate with this year’s winners of the Eleanor Worthington Prize for arts and disabilities.

To book your FREE place email arts@exploreyork.org.uk

In partnership with associazione Premio Eleanor Worthington

Young Persons’ Disability Arts Group

Dec _3YPDAG

York Explore Library :

Mon 3 Dec :

6.00pm – 7.30pm :

Free

Part of York’s UN International Day of People with Disabilities programme.  Working with professional artists, this new group is an opportunity for young people to creatively express themselves through disability art, understand what disability art is and help profile issues relevant for young disabled people. Moving forward, this project will be supported and funded by Arts Council England. .

Step-free access.  Accessible toilets.  Limited disabled parking available.

To book a FREE  place email arts@exploreyork.org.uk

What’s on in York: Holding the Line: Female Railway Workers in World War Two

Dec _3Female Railway

York Explore Library

Mon 3 Dec :

6.15pm – 7.45pm :

£6, or £5 with a YorkCard

Join Susan Major as she talks about the contents of her new book on the role women played in the railway industry in the Second World War.

Using recorded interviews carried out by the Friends of the National Railway Museum, Susan Major’s book explores the experiences of women railway workers taken on in wartime.

The interviews cover many areas of Britain, but this talk will include some of those working at York station during the bombing raid of 1942. The women interviewed talk about working with men for the first time, doing men’s work and the problems of workplaces not designed for women. Susan will also show how working women were portrayed by the railway companies and the media at the time.

One not to be missed!

This event will take place in The Marriott Room and tickets cost £6, or £5 with a YorkCard

Please visit our ticketing website to book a place.