A hundred days to showcase county’s talents

Cragg Vale Community Association are  planninga  world record bunting attempt. Celia Reynolds, Sharon Le Corre, Vivienne Halstead, Andrew Ainley, Elaine Simpson, John Houlston and Vernon LeCorre
Cragg Vale Community Association are planninga world record bunting attempt. Celia Reynolds, Sharon Le Corre, Vivienne Halstead, Andrew Ainley, Elaine Simpson, John Houlston and Vernon LeCorre

The Tour de France Grand Départ has, for the first time in its history, a Cultural Festival to accompany it. The full festival programme and for the first time residents across Yorkshire can see all the projects and find out how to get involved!

The Yorkshire Festival will consist of commissioned and independently produced activity embracing all art forms - and there are some lined up for the Calder Valley.

Calderdale has played a key-role as co-ordinating local authority for the festival.

The Yorkshire Festival begins on March 27, and lasts 100 days before Le Grand Départ in July, which reaches Calderdale on July 6.

Leader of the Council, Coun Tim Swift, said: “Yorkshire Festival 2014 will be a spectacular experience with a packed programme celebrating the strength of the arts across the region. It is a fantastic opportunity for people across Yorkshire to become involved in Cultural Festival activities and the Tour de France’s Grand Depart.” Information about all the Yorkshire Festival activities will be available on a dedicated website www.yorkshirefestival.co.uk .

Henrietta Duckworth, executive producer of Yorkshire Festival 2014, said: “Across art-forms and spaces, everyone is invited to be part of the festival, to engage, explore and enjoy. Only in Yorkshire 2014 can you witness the Grand Départ; only in Yorkshire Festival 2014 can you experience the inspired new commissions and events of this new festival.”

It is the world’s first cultural festival to run during the build-up to the Tour de France in the race’s 111 year history. It is designed to promote the county’s artistic richness and breath-taking landscapes to the people who live here and visitors alike. Calderdale is excited to have a varied programme of activities based across the region. There are also projects based across Yorkshire who will have performances in Calderdale. Some of the events close to home include those below.

Fields of Vision

Dates: Throughout the 100 day festival: Locations: Peckett Well, Baitings Reservoir, Elland, Mytholmroyd and locations across the South Pennines A bold and imaginative project showing art visible from the sky to show the world the beauty of the South Pennines. Visible from the sky and at ground level Fields of Vision is a series of huge land art installations forming a trail through the stunning South Pennines landscape. Commissioned artists will interpret the landscape and work with local communities to show the influence of water on life and land. Together they will create bold interpretations of these distinct uplands in large, living and vibrant art-forms.

The Grand Departs

Date: Saturday, April 5, starting at noon: Location: Departs bottom of Cragg Vale at Mytholmroyd, to Blackstone Edge Reservoir How many cyclists does it take to pull a grand piano up a hill? The Grand Departs will answer that question with an epic musical and physical feat of strength and endurance. Helped by a team of Calderdale’s most resilient cyclists, a grand piano will be pulled up Cragg Vale on a PianoPorté – a new invention by sculptor Andy Plant - up the longest continuous ascent in England. While it climbs the six miles up Cragg Vale, local and international pianists will play a specially composed musical cycle.

Fantastical Cycle Parade

Dates: Saturday, April 26, 1pm: Location: Todmorden

The Fantastical Cycle Parade will be a glorious ride through the streets with bicycles, tricycles, unicycles, scooters, prams and wheelchairs transformed into all manner of strange and wonderful mechanical creatures and pedal-powered contraptions.

The Hunt - Frolicked

Date: Saturday, June 7: Location: Dean Clough, Halifax

Plus additional dates/venues across Yorkshire. The Frolicked treasure hunt is puppet-filled, puzzle-fuelled event for the whole family. Taking place at five historic locations around Yorkshire, use your powers of deduction and your sense of direction, and prepare to meet some colourful characters as this intriguing search for treasure unfolds...

Bicycle with Barefoot

Date: Saturday, June 28: Location: Eureka, Halifax

Plus additional dates/venues across Yorkshire

Spectators will witness a mesmerising and highly original Asian dance theatre with live music, drumming, visual arts and storytelling. Dancers move dexterously, applying various pressure of the feet on the canvas and the idea of this human printing is to print a bicycle with bare feet!

The Grand Départ of the Tour de France takes place in Yorkshire on the weekend of the 5th and the 6th July. The second stage races through 22 miles of Calderdale on Sunday 6 July. More details about the Tour de France in Calderdale are available online at www.visitcalderdale.com; for more information on the events based in Calderdale and across Yorkshire visit www.yorkshirefestival.co.uk, Yorkshire Festival on Facebook or follow Yorkshire Festival 2014 on Twitter - @YFest2014; for information on the Tour de France in Calderdale visit www.VisitCalderdale.com or follow Inner Cyclist on Twitter - @InnerCyclist; you can also, for events in Todmorden, log on to www.tourdetod.co.uk