Visit the StreetLife Hub throughout the Festival of Ideas 2023 to explore the fascinating history and vibrant future of Coney Street, one of York’s most familiar thoroughfares, through exhibitions, events and activities for all ages.
Coney Street, York’s ancient high street, was once a hub for leisure, a site of civic business and pageantry, a bustling home for York’s diverse communities, a stopping place for strangers, the centre of York’s ancient Jewish community and connected to the River Ouse in ways that now feel hard to imagine. The StreetLife Hub is home to hands-on and immersive experiences created by community- and creativity-driven research to bring the multiple histories and creative spirit of Coney Street to life.
Use the past to think differently about the future and design your own high street, and be inspired by exhibitions of historic and contemporary print to try your hand at letterpress and linocut printing in our studio. Experience the street afresh by attending performances and workshops and exploring interactive visualisations, and book tours that tell of York’s musical past and bring to light lesser-known histories.
The Hub will be open throughout the Festival. See our opening times here.
You can find out more about ticketed events at the Hub and book via the links below:
Jewish York Walking Tour, Wednesday 7 June at 2pm to 4pm
Tattoo: The body as archive, Monday 12 June at 7pm to 8pm
Jewish York Walking Tour, Monday 12 June at 2pm to 4pm
Power and Print: The King’s printer in York, Tuesday 13 June at 7pm to 8pm
A Queer Walk of York, Wednesday 14 June at 2pm to 4pm
The Art of the Illustrated Book, Wednesday 14 June at 6pm to 7pm
Update: Many of these events are now sold out but you can still visit the Hub during the Festival!