Posted on 20 June 2011
The Sensory Stories Café at the University’s Berrick Saul Building is part of the York Festival of Ideas and will feature storytelling, dance, music and painting.
Highlights include the chance to taste the Victorian gruel which Oliver Twist had to eat and the story of a duel fought in the middle of York more than 200 years ago. There is also a dedicated sensory area for children aged seven years upwards.
The Café will be a lively and fun event featuring a variety of innovative activities
Professor Jane Moody, Director of the University’s Humanities Research Centre
Professor Jane Moody, Director of the University’s Humanities Research Centre, said: “The Café will be a lively and fun event featuring a variety of innovative activities from our Sensory Opportunities project, held in collaboration with city partners including York Museums Trust, York City Art Gallery, Hartrigg Oaks, Shandy Hall and St Oswald’s Primary School.
“The Sensory Stories project uses taste, sound, smell, sight and touch to present research to the public in an entertaining way. The Café will showcase some of the hugely successful activities and projects which have taken place in local schools, museums and art galleries over the last year.”
The Café is one of a number of community events being held as part of the first York Festival of Ideas, a partnership between the University of York, York Theatre Royal, the National Centre for Early Music, York St John University and York Museums Trust, which runs until Sunday, 10 July.
Based on the themes of ‘Beckett, the Body and the Bible’, the Festival brings together a range of world-class speakers, exhibitions, and artistic performances exploring a series of intriguing links between past and present as well as showcasing contemporary ideas, arts and culture.
Admission to the Sensory Stories Café on Tuesday, 21 June at the Tulip Tree Garden, Berrick Saul Building, University of York, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm is free and participants of all ages are welcome. Free tickets are available from www.yorkfestivalofideas.com/tickets or you can drop in at the event on the day.