Yorkshire arts festival to mark Tour de France launch

Ghost Peloton A "ghost peloton" will see LED-lit cyclists take part in a choreographed routine

Related Stories

A £2m cultural festival is to be held in Yorkshire to celebrate the start of the Tour de France in the county.

The Tour's Grand Depart takes place in Leeds on 5 July before the cyclists spend two days racing through places like Harrogate, York and Sheffield.

The Yorkshire Festival's 47 projects include bicycle-themed performances, photography exhibitions and screenings.

Artists on the line-up include actress and writer Maxine Peake and Leeds-born, LA-based sculptor Thomas Houseago.

Highlights of the festival include:

  • Fifty LED-lit cyclists will take part in a "ghost peloton" in Leeds in a collaboration between Phoenix Dance Theatre and arts body NVA.
  • Thomas Houseago will create two new sculptures - one for Leeds city centre and one for the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
  • Maxine Peake will make her stage scriptwriting debut with Beryl, about cyclist Beryl Burton, at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
  • Large-scale grass-based land art installations will be created along the route of the second day of the Tour de France.
  • Belgian theatre company Theater Tol will perform an aerial show about Italian cyclists Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi in Dewsbury.
  • A "tour de cinema" will include film screenings in 35 town halls and 10 outdoor locations.
  • Photographs of the Tour from the 1960s to the present day will be on show at the White Cloth Gallery in Leeds.
  • Cyclists will pull a grand piano on a platform designed by sculptor Andy Plant up a six-mile hill, while pianists perform a musical cycle.
  • A "songwriting relay" will create folk songs and take them from town to town via bicycle.
  • Visitors will be invited to make musical instruments from bicycle parts in workshops run by the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

Yorkshire Festival executive producer Henrietta Duckworth said: "The race is not just about those two days of epic exertion by men in lycra.

"This is an opportunity to engage people with a programme of work that will capture the imagination, trigger some excitable and enjoyable activities and give people a chance to get involved in the Grand Depart in the 100 days leading up to the actual race."

The cultural festival runs from 27 March to 6 July.

After the Tour's opening two stages in Yorkshire, the third stage will go from Cambridge to London before the race moves to France.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Entertainment & Arts stories

RSS

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.