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6th June 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pmFREE
Coffee Trail starting at York Cocoa House leading to Coffee Yard at Barley Hall
5-8pm Saturday 6th June | FREE
As part of this years York Food and Drink taster festival and in partnership with York Archaeological Trust, Vespertine celebrate their love of coffee with an early evening trail of coffee themed performances, prints and projections.
Drinking culture hasn’t always been about alcohol and although today we might see coffee as the professional’s beverage of choice there is also a more leisurely and cultural narrative to the drink. So, please join us and a selection of specially invited poets, artists, musicians, scientists and technologists – as well as purveyors of fine food and drink – to help consider our relationship to the dark stuff in a new light.
The Firm of Poets
Since their formation in the early hours of the morning at Glastonbury 2013, A Firm of Poets have performed at over 100 events, released their highly-acclaimed first publication Holding Your Hand Through Hard Times and launched their politically invigorating #FirmAgainstApathy campaign. This year will see their first official UK tour called The People’s Republic of Poetry. Your Firm for tonight will be Ralph Dartford and Genevieve L Walsh who will perform a selection of works in response to the theme and content of the event.
Octopus Breadboard Guitar Orchestra
St Helen’s Square
This special coffee-themed workshop will be run by sound artists Glenn Boulter and Andrew Deakin, both members of Cumbria’s Octopus Collective, and organisers of the Full of Noises Festival. You are invited to create your own piece of improvised music with homemade tabletop instruments built from wooden chopping boards and amplified with contact microphones. The workshop will focus on improvising together (sing violin bows, coffee beans / grinders, chopsticks and other small objects) to create a short piece of music with up to 10 performers.
Jean McEwan: “Which is the treason table?”
Jean is an artist who works with collage, print, film and is a lover of self-publishing and zines. For her contribution to this event Jean has been researching the exclusion of women from the so-called democratic coffee house debates and discussions. She has also been experimenting playing with printing content from women’s zines on to coffee filter papers to create a window display.
Frozen Music: The Un/conscious Coffee Project
Coffee Yard, Barley Hall
The Frozen Music Collective is a new music and multimedia collective exploring the symbiosis of the human brain and technology. The Collective brings together individuals with backgrounds in neuroscience, interactive programming and projection mapping. For this installation the collective use coffee as a medium: an EEG headset turns electrical signals of the audience members’ brains into sound, which reveals shapes on the surface of the dark liquid. Accompanied by a live brain remix of audio-visual samples, this will be a synaptic journey into the conscious and unconscious elements of our grey matter.
We couldn’t have a coffee themed event without an opportunity to sample some coffee flavoured food and drink. En route between York Cocoa House and Coffee Yard tasters of the following will be provided on a first come first served basis:
Vespertine Coffee chocolate by York Cocoa House
Cinnamon and Coffee flavoured Porter by York Based Craft Brewery Little Brew
Irish Coffee Macaroons by FP Macaroons
Coffee flavoured Marzipan
Mini coffee ice cream cones by the Luxury Ice Cream Co.
Taste the difference between African, South American and Indonesian Coffees with York Coffee Emporium
Macumba will provide the final caffeine hit with their pop up coffee tasting at Coffee Yard with Espresso Martini shot
The History Girls
Run by York-based food fanatic and writer Claire Davies, The History Girls specialise in reinterpreting historic recipes for the modern kitchen believing that understanding our food past is crucial to engaging with a positive food future. Claire has tirelessly scoured the archives of York to find a selection of articles that reveal York’s relationship with coffee has been far from functionary.
VESP#02 Coffee Trail Event Programme