Cultural Landscape

ASFF invites its attendees to delve into the rich cultural landscape of York by treating themselves to the offerings of various venues. Historical stone-faced buildings contrast modern glass dimensions in a unique conversation between old and new aesthetics, complementing the films to provide festival experience with an atmosphere unlike any other.

First, grab tickets and passes at Visit York, the city’s official tourist information centre. Then visit Explore York just across the street, a society combining libraries and archives that are fully accessible to the public, a blending that is not only unique to York, but also the country at large. Next to the library is the Yorkshire Museum, the heart of York Museum Gardens and a focal point for the contextualisation of Yorkshire artefacts. Meet with friends over cocktails at the riverside Pitcher & Piano, or grab a bite to eat and watch a film at Thirteen Thirty One, a chic gastrolounge tucked away within York’s Latin Quarter.

City Screen Picturehouse, home of traditional popcorn cinema as well as retro and independent flicks, overlooks the River Ouse and houses The Basement in its underbelly, a venue that has played host to live music and comedy events. York’s premier theatre venues, Friargate Theatre and the York Theatre Royal, also function as screening spaces during ASFF. Bootham School Arts Centre and York St John University are appropriate academic backdrops for a number of screenings, and the nearby Dean Court Hotel and Kings Manor offer forums ripped from the past and draped in antique mystique.

The National Centre for Early Music bolsters its credentials as an artistic and cultural hub by lending its medieval halls for ASFF’s screenings. And finally, the restored Barley Hall and the Belfrey Hall church host a number of events at which attendees have the opportunity to meet industry professionals.

All venues with accessibility are highlighted in the Official Programme. To read online:

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1. Courtesy of Jim Poyner.