Published On: Thu, Mar 27th, 2014 on 1:36 am

100-day festival celebrating Yorkshire art and culture begins

Yorkshire Festival

Image courtesy: Yorkshire Festival 2014

For the first time in history, the highly anticipated Tour de France’s Grand Depart has a cultural festival to accompany it.

The brainchild of tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Festival is the first arts festival to precede the Tour de France, the world’s biggest annual sporting event.

Taking place over the course of 100 days, all five regions in West Yorkshire will be playing host to an array of events with the aid of talented artists, creators, producers, and the public.

Some of the highlights will include Los Angeles-based sculptor Thomas Houseago, originally from Leeds, who has been tasked to create two giant sculptures for Leeds city centre and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Local artists and some of Calderdale’s most determined cyclists will pull a grand piano, on a PianoPorté designed by sculptor Andy Plant, up the longest continuous incline in England.

In Wakefield, performer Caleb Parkin and artist Paul Hurley will combine talents to create an illuminated cycling expedition for the public to see and experience themselves.

Workshops in Huddersfield will take recycling to a new dimension by building musical instruments from bike parts whilst the Bradford Metropolitan Concert Band will be playing at an open-air public concert in Ilkley.

Henrietta Duckworth, executive producer of the Yorkshire Festival, said: “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 Depart and a festival of free events across all art-forms. We invite everyone to explore the new, celebrate together and be part of it.”

The Yorkshire Festival runs from 27 March to 6 July.

To find out more about the programme of events, please visit

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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