The Sankta Lucia Festival of Light has been celebrated in York Minster since 2013 through a partnership between the Chapter of York and the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.
The York Anglo-Scandinavian Society (YASS) works to promote friendship and understanding between Britain and the Scandinavian countries. Its aim is to bring together as many people as possible from York and the surrounding area with an interest – whatever it might be – in Scandinavia. Its members (British and Scandinavian) regularly meet for talks, which cover a wide range of Scandinavian topics, and for social events, such as the special Midsummer and Christmas celebrations. YASS also organizes country walks and has two reading circles (Swedish and Danish).
YASS is affiliated with the Confederation of Scandinavian Societies in Great Britain (CoScan), which is working to link and support Scandinavian organisations. The CoScan Trust Fund, which receives a substantial portion of the donations given at the Sankta Lucia service in York Minster, helps young British people to travel to the Nordic countries.
Support is also given each year by volunteers and through financial contributions from local, national and international organisations and companies. We acknowledge with thanks support given to the Sankta Lucia service in 2019 by IKEA Leeds, Senior Architectural Systems, Gear4Music and the Swedish Embassy.
In 2021 the London Nordic Choir received generous and continuing support from the Anglo-Swedish Society in London, and welcome resources and support were also provided by York Minster and by the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society. As in previous years, YASS also received support from IKEA, Leeds.