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York Mediale announces more world premieres and new commissions for 2018

Today (17 April 2018) York Mediale announced brand new commissions and world premiere performances as part of the fast growing and diverse programme for the festival in 2018.

8 Minutes © Johan Persson
8 Minutes © Johan Persson

With celebrated choreographer Alexander Whitley set to unveil the world premiere of Strange Stranger, a new collaboration with London producer, musician and NTS DJ, Beatrice Dillon; and the first ever UK chapter of Deep Lab announced, York Mediale is set to shine new light on York, as the UK’s only UNESCO designated city of media arts, and on the UK’s leading digital art sector.

Alexander Whitley’s acclaimed 8 Minutes, a partnership with scientists from STFC RAL Space, will also form part of the York Mediale programme and will include new virtual reality film experience Celestial Motion, recently profiled by The Guardian.

“We are delighted to announce six more diverse projects ahead of York Mediale 2018. The momentum is growing through our collaborations with partners across the city and further afield. We are delighted to be working with Alexander Whitley, Deep Lab, York Theatre Royal, York Museums Trust and DC Labs, based at the University of York, to bring such innovative and interesting work to the city for the very first time.”

Tom Higham

Creative Director, York Mediale

BBC Connected Studios and Digital Creativity Labs (DC Labs) at The University of York, will unveil the next steps in the future of broadcasting during the festival, presenting and exploring the possibilities created by newly created technology that allows adaptable, interactive and personalised viewing experiences.

York based performance collective SLAP will also present new live performances with emerging artists, resulting from a week-long residency taking place in the city across the summer, the call out for which opens today slapyork.co.uk/takepart

York Mediale is collaborating with local social campaigning organisation Inspired Youth on a project called ‘The One Percent.’ The project will see Inspired Youth’s Director and award winning filmmaker Kev Curran and York based Hip Hop artist Kritikal Powers bring together a group of ten young people from the city, who have recently left care, or who are currently moving towards independent living, to create spoken word performances on film. More details are available at theonepercent.uk

Inspired Youth presents The One Percent
Inspired Youth presents The One Percent

“We are also excited about seeing the results of our work with local community groups and creative partners who are working with us from the ground up, to engage people from diverse sections of the community in York and offer them opportunities to have their voices heard and their ideas realised. We expect that the outputs from the work that we are co-commissioning with SLAP, Inspired Youth and TakeOver will be really challenging and inspiring and create a lasting legacy for York Mediale far beyond 2018.”

Tom Higham

Creative Director, York Mediale