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York culture awards

York St John was recognised as one of York’s leading cultural organisations at a glittering award ceremony in the city last night.

The University received the best cultural partnership award alongside illuminating York with their vibrant and bright displays around campus. The illuminate, tree-like lights brightened up the dark and hazy night in St John’s historic quad giving an exciting atmosphere for the students and public alike. The other finalists were, Those Magic Beans and York Barbican as well as York Theatre Royal and York Castle Museum, who both made fantastic efforts in bringing culture to the city of York.

St John worked with light illustration artist, David Ogle, to mark the first year of their partnership. Together they combined an impressive light display with music and theatre performances to give their visitors a whole new Illuminating experience.

Dr Rebekka Kill head of school for Art Design and computer science at York St John University attended the awards last night. She described the awards as ‘spectacular’ and said the show was ‘totally brilliant with the amount of student’s work shown’. Rebekka also stated, ‘big audiences from the city also came to see our students work’. Rebekka also said what she did at the event, ‘I presented one award and we won a different award, and in short list for another so the award that YSJ sponsored was best community projector of events that was the one I presented and the award that we one was best cultural partnership’.

The awards were organised by Make It York and had BBC Radio York Breakfast’s Kay Crewdson host the event. Alongside the awards, the night also saw various performances from the likes of Accessible Arts, York Youth Dance and other local performers. We look forward to what York St John has to bring to next year’s event.

By Lucy Bond