Yorkshire Festival: Harrogate events revealed

From left, Chief executive of Leeds City Council Tom Riordan, Leader of Leeds City Council Cllr Keith Wakefield and Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire Gary Verity with the Grand D�part trophy (s).
From left, Chief executive of Leeds City Council Tom Riordan, Leader of Leeds City Council Cllr Keith Wakefield and Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire Gary Verity with the Grand D�part trophy (s).

An exhibition showing the best of Yorkshire art is among the Harrogate events planned for the cultural festival counting down to the Tour de France.

Details of events planned for Yorkshire Festival 2014, which will count down to le Tour from March 27 to July 6, have been revealed.

The Mercer Art Gallery will host the best of Yorkshire art including 14 pieces by David Hockney and a preface by Alan Bennett in the Art and Yorkshire: Turner to Hockney exhibition from April 12 until October 12.

Harrogate Theatre will host Le Grand Voyage, where visitors don video goggles and headphones, allowing them to get a feel of le Tour as they are immersed into the race.

And Chrysalis Arts is taking over Cold Bath Road for ‘Slow Art’, a visible celebration of the Tour to be created working with local residents and business community but also to attract visitors.

Henrietta Duckworth, the festival’s Executive Producer, said: “Today we wanted to give people a flavour of this brand new arts festival - Yorkshire’s a big wide county and we’ve worked with our world-class artists to create a rich and diverse programme of opportunities and surprises.

“It’s a first for the Grand Départ and a festival of free events across all art-forms. We invite everyone to explore the new, celebrate together and be part of it.”

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “The Yorkshire Festival 2014 will be a countywide celebration of arts and culture creating excitement and anticipation in the 100 days before greatest free sporting show on the planet arrives in Yorkshire.”

Richard Flint, Chief Executive of Kelda Group and Yorkshire Water, said: “The Grand Départ goes through the heart of many of our reservoir catchments in north, west and south Yorkshire and we are proud to be supporting Yorkshire Festival 2014 which promotes the terrific talent and beauty our great region has to offer.”

Sarah Maxfield, Director North, Arts Council England said: “Arts Council England is really proud to be supporting the festival.

“A festival of over 100 days is an ambitious goal but I’m very impressed by the high quality and breadth of the programme which is sure to impress the thousands of visitors from Yorkshire and beyond and will provide a lasting legacy for culture in the North.”

Coun Tim Swift, Leader of Calderdale Council, which has co-ordinated local authority support for the festival said: “Yorkshire Festival 2014 will be a spectacular experience with a packed programme celebrating the strength of the arts across the region. On behalf of all the supporting local authorities we are proud to have been involved in its organisation and look forward to its success.”

Elsewhere, Los Angeles-based sculptor Thomas Houseago, from Leeds, has been tasked to create two giant sculptures for Leeds city centre and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

These will be his first commissions for his home county and the first ever commissions to be made by the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle.

Phoenix Dance Theatre, in Leeds, will join forces with Scottish public arts charity NVA to create the world’s first Ghost Peloton, led by Phoenix artistic director Sharon Watson and NVA creative director Angus Farquhar. Ghost Peloton incorporates a riding team of 50 road racers, stunt cyclists and large-scale projection of dancers all utilising unique remote controlled light suits to produce a stunning live choreography.

Ghost Peloton builds on the worldwide success of Speed of Light, which was first commissioned for the London 2012 Olympics. An appeal has now gone out to Yorkshire cyclists to get involved in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The West Yorkshire Playhouse will host “Beryl” written by TV star Maxine Peake to celebrate the extraordinary sporting achievements of cyclist Beryl Burton.

Beryl is a specially commissioned adaptation from Ms Peake’s acclaimed 2012 Radio 4 play and marks her stage writing debut.

Award-winning director Daisy Asquith teams up with cult musician Bill Nelson to create a new film as part of a series of screenings to be shown on 10 outdoor screens in stunning locations across Yorkshire.

Tour de Cinema presents fiction and documentary films (including Alan Bennett’s rarely seen BBC film ‘A Day Out’, about a Halifax cycling club; and Jarvis Cocker’s blazing soundtrack for The Big Melt) also in 35 local town halls, city centre big screens and 10 extraordinary outdoor locations.

Young farmers and artists will create eight major land art pieces across South Pennines landscape for Fields of Vision, co-ordinated by Pennine Prospects.

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