Selby welcomes the crowds for stunning Selby Abbey illumination event

Selby Abbey illuminated red

Thousands of visitors came along at the weekend to see Selby Abbey dramatically lit up as part of the celebrations for the 950th anniversary of the Abbey’s founding. Figures show that around 8,000 people attended the illumination event over the three evenings.

The light and sound artwork, created and developed by leading artist Nayan Kulkarni, illuminated the Abbey over three nights with a performance that wowed the crowds.

It was a highlight of 12 months of events to celebrate the special anniversary of the Abbey. Selby has, so far,  seen carnivals, concerts, pop up museum events and a diverse range of community activities taking place to mark Selby 950 - and there’s more to come, as a Hidden Histories project will be revealed shortly and the Abbey will be the host of the Selby Treasures exhibition in the new year.

Angela Crossland, Head of Community, Partnerships and Customers, commented: “We’re delighted that so many visitors and residents came along to see the Abbey, which is at the heart of our town, illuminated.

“It was a stunning show and a real highlight of what’s been a fantastic year for Selby.”

The District Council has invested £50,000 to deliver a programme of arts and heritage events to celebrate the 950th anniversary of the founding of Selby Abbey. This event was made possible by sponsorship from Drax Group Plc and money raised by National Lottery players. Arts Council England has awarded significant funding from their National Lottery Project Grants programme, to Selby District Council to deliver a programme of arts and heritage events to celebrate the 950th anniversary of the founding of Selby Abbey.

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Closing date: 11:59pm on Sunday 8 December.