Coffee and five senses explored at Vespertine #02

Saturday 6 June 2015, 5pm to 8pm (various locations around York)

From the Cocoa House to Coffee Yard, the second of York’s free Vespertine events takes place on Saturday 6 June, with coffee-themed entertainment and activities populating the streets as the day ends and evening begins.

The Vespertine Coffee Evening will run from 5.00pm until 8.00pm on Saturday evening.  A free souvenir newspaper will be available to collect from York Cocoa House on Blake Street, which features a map and guide to the evening’s activities.  In common with other Vespertine events, the evening will incorporate cutting-edge arts – in this case, a device created by Frozen Music, which transforms brain waves into sound, which in turn reveals shapes on the surface of coffee – and opportunities to use kitchen and coffee-themed implements to create small pieces of music, led by Octopus Breadboard Guitar Orchestra.

“The idea of Vespertine is that it creates free activities in York city centre in the twilight between shops closing and the evening economy of restaurants and bars kicks in, offering residents and visitors alike a reason to stay when traditionally there is a lull in things for them to do,” comments creative producer, Yvonne Carmichael.  “This event promises to be a feast for the senses, with tastings, hands-on musical activities, poetry recitals and art on the route between our starting point at York Cocoa House, and our end in Coffee Yard, outside Barley Hall.”

The trail is based on an 18thcentury tradition led by the Good Humour Club in York, which met every Thursday in coffee houses across the city to celebrate the twin virtues of companionship and conviviality.  “We’ve seen a real resurgence in coffee culture across the country over the last decade, but this really is a rebirth of a tradition which was celebrated in York for 75 years, between 1725 and 1800,” adds Yvonne.

Those wishing to take advantage of the numerous tasting opportunities along the trail – which include a special Vespertine coffee chocolate, Irish coffee macaroons, coffee-flavour marzipan and mini coffee ice-cream cones, as well as several coffee-themed beverages – are advised to come early, as supplies will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

The Vespertine events are funded by Arts Council England and City of York Council, with partners for this second evening including York Archaeological Trust and York Food & Drink Festival.  The next event will take place on Wednesday 22 July.

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Picture shows: Patterns in coffee created by Frozen Music's 'The Un/conscious Coffee Project', part of Vespertine #02

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Jay Commins

Pyper York Limited

Tel:         01904 500698


About Us

Based in York, UK, the JORVIK Group of Attractions comprises:JORVIK Viking CentreDIGBarley HallThe Richard III Experience at Monk BarThe Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar The JORVIK Group also organises the annual JORVIK Viking Festival each February in York, and the Yorkshire Medieval Festival in August.