Mediale

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor
Mediale
York Mediale

York Mediale is an international media arts agency, founded in 2014, when York was designated UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts. They deliver a biennial festival, the largest of its kind in the UK. This international arts festival brings together a diversity of artists from around the world, working around the blurred edges of digital art.

Taking place in venues around the city, past festivals have included work from multi-disciplinary dance artist Lydia Cottrell and Can You Die If You Don’t Exist?, a 10 and half-hour-long performance and video work chronicling the deaths of undocumented people, conceived by artist Tamara Al-Mashouk in collaboration with Deep Lab collective. Klasien van de Zandschulp and Natalie Dixon’s Good Neighbours project meanwhile took a forensic approach to surveillance by social media.

And that only describes about a tenth of the exhibits and events put on by the festival. Expect these contemporary themes to be reinterpreted afresh each time the festival is produced, through an eclectic combination of video art, projections and digital forms that there aren’t even words for yet.

Through incorporating technologies into their works, the artists they work with bridge the gap between the new and the traditional, to challenge and inspire. York Mediale is a hot ticket for students of media, art and related disciplines, as well as anyone interested in issues of media and technology in the contemporary world.

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What's on near Mediale

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Colours Uncovered at Harewood House

Explore colour through an amazing range of artefacts at ‘Colours Uncovered’, a new exhibition at Harewood House, from colour theory and pigment to classical painting and contemporary textiles. from £12.00

Where to go near Mediale

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Izakaya

Tasting menus and full course dining experiences are on offer, bridging relaxed and fine dining to suit every taste with Japanese cuisine.

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York Fine Arts

For over 40 years, this family run art gallery has gained a reputation for sourcing some of the finest contemporary arts for viewing and sale.

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Evil Eye

Evil Eye in York is a cocktail bar focused on embracing the spiritual, and engaging with the community.

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Sotano

Sotano, in York, is a divine Mediterranean tapas bar and restaurant, also serving charcuterie boards of the finest ingredients.

Guy Fawkes Inn
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Guy Fawkes Inn

Guy Fawkes Inn was built on the very spot where the notorious plotter was born, so it’s perfect for anyone who loves an Inn filled with historical character.

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Valhalla

Valhalla is ‘a venue that paid homage to York’s Viking heritage and somewhere with purely Rock ‘n Metal music in its soul’.

York’s Chocolate Story
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York’s Chocolate Story

Chocolate museum and fully guided tour through the history of York’s chocolate-making families and their creations.

York Minster
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York Minster

The Minster has been at the centre of Christianity in the north of England and today remains a thriving church rooted in the daily offering of worship and prayer.

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Bettys York

This traditional Yorkshire tea room has beautiful interiors inspired by the Queen Mary ocean liner and it’s been making a splash since 1936.

Bloom!
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Bloom!

Festival launched in 2018 to celebrate 250 years of the Ancient Society of York Florists, now an annual event focusing on floral displays and hidden gems in York.

Guild of Media Arts
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Guild of Media Arts

The Guild of Media Arts was formed in 2015 as the lifelong custodian of York’s designation as a UNESCO City of Media Arts. Thy run socials, network events and workshops.

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