Tour de France Arts Festival

Here is the Arts Festival

I must get a ticket to see Maxin Peake’s adaptation of her radio play, Beryl, at the W Yorkshire Playhouse

CycleSheffield will be putting on a Barnsley FridayNightRide as part of the Bike Show there

and CycleSheffield member Rod Ismay is leading a Bell ringing festival on the days of the Tour in Yorkshire – see last box

Plenty to see and do

•          Yorkshire Festival 2014 is the first ever arts festival to precede the Tour de France, the world’s biggest annual sporting event

•          Yorkshire Festival 2014 will run from 27th March to the 6th July 2014

•          Yorkshire Festival 2014 is backed by Welcome to Yorkshire, Yorkshire Water and Arts Council England as well as Local Authorities across the county



Name of project & dates (in order)CompanyBrief Overview
Seven Major Commissions  
Tour De Cinema 

March 27 – July 5


Pan – Yorkshire

Sheffield Doc/Fest 

PR contact:  Sylvia Wroblewska, Business  and Marketing Director

07775 537616

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 as well as city centre big screens.
Fields of VisionWorkshops: April & May

Installation: June 1 – July 6

South Pennine

Pennine ProspectsMark Turner

Mob: 07582 102109

Fields of Vision will comprise of huge, grass-based land art installations in the stunning South Pennine Landscape.  It will bring together artists, young farmers, cyclists and the community.
Thomas Houseago 

End of April – October

Wakefield and Leeds

Yorkshire Sculpture TrianglePR  contact:

0113 246 7467

The YST’s first ever commission:  LA-based, Leeds-born artist Thomas Houseago who will create two spectacular sculptures in Leeds city centre and for Yorkshire Sculpture Park for the very first time.
The Tour of Infinite PossibilityWorkshops end of April, tours over two weekends:

7/8th June &

21/22nd June

Grassington Fest/Hope & Social 

Rachel Aulty

Mob: 07545 917044

Hope & Social will recruit, rehearse and create A Band Anyone Can Join for Yorkshire to play 12 shows in 12 locations (TBC) across the two stages of the race.They will release official festival song The Big Wide for artists and audiences to ‘make their own.
Ghost Peloton 

May 16 – May 17



Phoenix Dance Theatre & NVA in partnership with SustransPress contact

Tony Shepherd 07956 655813

For interview: 

Sharon Watson Phoenix Dance Theatre. Contact Abi Cattley  0113 236 8130

Angus Farquhar NVA creative Director. Contact Annie Crabtree 0141 332 9911

Ghost Peloton is a highly ambitious collaboration between two of the UK’s most respected arts organisations; Phoenix Dance Theatre and acclaimed Scottish public arts charity NVA.They will create the world’s first ‘Ghost Peloton,’ which will appear on film and see 50 choreographed cyclists in programmed light suits performing in central Leeds.
Bike Story 

June 20-July 5


Pan Yorkshire

509 Arts Ltd 

Jenny Harris

Mobile: 07505 127631

Bike Story is about people and their relationship to the bicycle. Everyone has a bike story and the organisers want to hear yours. The ups and downs of cycling, the traumas as well as the triumphs. Mike Kenny and Martin Riley will weave a selection of these into a very special outdoor performance that will visit locations across the county, thrilling and entertaining audiences of all ages.

July 2 – 6



Kirklees CouncilGillian Donohoe

Senior Marketing & Communication Officer

01484 221000

07528 252294

Hypervelocity will use the streets of Huddersfield through to Holmfirth and Holme Moss as a giant canvas on which to display the most amazing creativity with performances and installations by international and regional artists and local communities.  Watch out also for mysterious goings on in St George’s Square! 



Date orderSummary of 40 commissions
Bonjour! Film your Tour competition 

Film shown at various locations and dates


PR contact: Emma Peasland 07768423652 and 01132450006

Sustrans will run a county-wide competition in schools for a chance to be part of a short film explaining what the Tour de France is.  Six winning schools will be selected to film six winning videos to professional quality which will form one overarching film. 
Cheer SingWorkshops:

March – June

Cheering: July 5&6

Pan Yorkshire


07813 684 077

0113 294 8008

Cheer-Sing workshops will teach communities along the route to devise, lead and perform their own chant-songs and clapping-raps, raising a mighty wave of support for the racers. 

March 27


Pan Yorkshire

Cape UK 

Steve Pearson, Communications Manager

0113 322 3050

07843 038775

CapeUK will enable all schools in the Yorkshire and Humber region to engage with Yorkshire Festival 2014 through 15 downloadable resources. Resources will support schools to find exciting ways to link to the Festival and encourage more young people to experience world class art and culture in Yorkshire.
Kes March 27 – April 5

Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Sheffield TheatresLucy Smith / Lisa Hawkins

Tel: 0114 201 3828 or


A world première of a new dance-theatre adaptation of a much-loved Yorkshire story – Kes
The Sheffield Steel Peloton 

March 27 – June 28



Sheffield Peleton Field Cycles 

Mark Bull

0114 2679099


The Sheffield Steel Peloton invites local artists and public to discover Sheffield’s finest export – Steel. Raw material of iron ore will be sourced from the ground in Sheffield (something not done for hundreds of years), smelted and sculpted to produce a unique one off bike head post badge designed by a Sheffield based illustrator to celebrate the Grand Départ.
A Taste of Honey 

March 27 – 19 April (Press night 1 April)

Hull / Doncaster / Scarborough

Hull Truck Theatre 

Dan Baxter, Email:

Tel: 01482 325 012


Directorial debut at Hull Truck of new Artistic Director Mark Babych in Shelagh Delaney’s classic set in Salford.The production will move from Hull to the Cast Doncaster May 13 – 17 and then SJT Scarborough May 20 -24.
True Grit Digital Poetry 

March 27 – May

Khadijah Ibrahiim

07796 900213

The True Grit Cycle uses the vibrant, engaging form of performance poetry to hear the direct, honest, imaginative voices of Yorkshire people speaking in their own communities and landscapes.
tutti frutti productions and York Theatre Royal

April – June

Pan Yorkshire

Alison PoveyTour Manager

0113 388 0027


Monday’s Child by award winning writer Brendan Murray, for children aged 3+ and their families. A simple poetic story of the unique bond between a grandmother and a child.
Wu Chi-Tsung – Dust 

4 April – 31 May



Site Gallery, Sheffield Site Gallery presents two interactive installations by the Taiwanese artist, rising star Wu Chi-Tsung. Crystal City 003 and Dust make use of everyday materials, plastic boxes, lights and dust, to create meditative dream worlds. This is the first chance for UK audiences to see Dust, which was produced by Site Gallery in 2006 and shown later that year at the Shanghai Biennial. It captures the shadows of tiny dust particles as they spiral around the audience to make a mesmerising abstract projection. 
The Grand Departs 

April 5


Starting from

Mytholmroyd, Calderdale

12 noon


Elenid Davies

07796 098493


Music and cycling challenge to test how many cyclists it takes to pull a grand piano up one of the longest continuous ascents in England. A range of pianists, professional and amateur, are being invited to play a specially composed piece of music as a team of cyclists attempt the arduous task. Spectators and supporters are invited to join in a send-off event and cheer the team on.
Ursula von Rydingsvard 

April 5 – Jan 2015


Yorkshire Sculpture Park 

Nina Rogers

07973 432489

Major exhibition of sculpture by Ursula von Rydingsvard. The exhibition is the highly acclaimed American artist’s first large-scale survey in Europe and will premiere new, large-scale work.
Theatre Tol, Spirit Festival 

April 12, 8pm



Kirklees CouncilGillian Donohoe

Senior Marketing & Communication Officer

01484 221000

07528 252294

Theater Tol’s Luce (Belgium):  Inspired by the struggle between the mutually antagonistic Italian cyclists Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali and set in the 40s and 50s, Luce tells of their rivalry.   It’s a battle on two wheels and a passionate love story with cinematic images, songs, dance, secret love letters, Luce end in a spectacular aerial show. 
National Student Drama Festival – Sunday TimesApril 12 – 18


Michael Brazier

020 7036 9027

The National Student DramaFestival is a Yorkshire institution.

It draws hundreds of rising stars –

actors, writers, directors, technicians and producers from across the UK.

Art and Yorkshire: Turner to Hockney 

April 12 – Oct 12


The Mercer Gallery 

Jane Redfern

07724 131179

Art and Yorkshire: From Turner to Hockney, this is an exhibition of historic, modern and contemporary visual art that defines the spirit of Yorkshire.
From Versailles to Yorkshire: Sevrès and Moore at Harewood 

From April 18 – November 2

Harewood House Trust Ltd. 

PR contact: Alexis Guntrip,

0113 218 1225

07967 223 691

In 2014 Harewood’s House and grounds plays host to a stunning display of works by French and British masters and contemporary artists: from the iconic sculptures of that quintessentially Yorkshire son Henry Moore to a tiny, exquisite tea set owned by the extravagant, ill-fated Queen Marie Antoinette of France.
The Fantastical Bike ParadeApril 26


Handmade ParadeJacqui Matthews

07825 627798 /01706 818181

A parade through Todmorden of fantastical bicycle creatures preceded by participatory workshops
Poised (2012) 

May 10 – June 29



Ferens Art Gallery 

Anna Pilgrim

01482 248359

07720 095754

The Ferens Art Gallery will work with Film and Video Umbrella and the artist Dryden Goodwin to present an existing video installation, ‘Poised’ (2012), in a new context whilst involving and inspiring local communities to produce their own creative responses to the exhibition.
Graham Watson exhibition 

May 15 – August



White Cloth Gallery 

Sharon Price & Peter Dench

07791 253407

Exhibition of photographs by world renowned and respected cycling photographer, Graham Watson who has  photographed the TdF from 1982 to present. Working in partnership with Rouler Magazine, White Cloth Gallery will also be exhibiting the work of Bernard Thompson – a photographer who concentrated on cycling from the early 60’s through to the mid 80’s.
Bike Show  

May 16 – July 12



The Gallery@ The Civic 

Miz De Shannon, Marketing

01226 327108


David Sinclair, on 01226 327011, email

Exhibition BIKE SHOW will show the influence of cycling culture on contemporary design. From technological advancements, to bikes made of sustainable materials to how to avoid bike theft, the exhibition will also examine the spectacle of the TdF –its history, its language and some Yorkshire riders who have ridden it.
I Fagiolini  

May 23



National Centre for Early MusicPR contact: Shona Galletly


m: 07813 796 733


I Fagiolini brings to life the music, mayhem, political intrigue and comic entertainment of Venice at Carnival through the music of Banchiere, Monteverdi, Gabrielli and Vecchi’s madrigal comedy L’Amfiparnaso.
The Hunt 

May 26 – June 30


Pan Yorkshire


PR contact and lead artist Beka Haigh

Mob: 07947 578181


Treasure Hunt around Yorkshire, beginning with four mini hunts. Clues at these four events lead to a final hunt at an undisclosed location.  At each location, Frolicked’s distinctive puppets will make appearances, helping to guide hunters towards the prize.
The Last Train to Scarborough 

May 30 – June 14



Su-Ann Chow-Seegoolam

01723 356666

07577 636465

This stage adaptation of Andrew Martin’s 2009 novel will be a world premiere presented in association with the National Railway Museum in York and adapated and directed by Chris Monks.
Carnival Bentham by Bike 

May 31


Bentham, Craven

Pioneer  Projects (Celebratory Arts) 

Sean Sanderson

01524 262672

A trail of public artwork will be created at the Bentham Passing Place, a circular detour off the Way of the Roses cycle route.  It is the first time Bentham havs engaged with a public art project and artworks will be in place by summer.
Yorkshire in Yellow 

31 May  – 7 Sept


Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

Museums Sheffield & Made North 

Chris Harvey [Comms Officer]

0114 278 2664

Yorkshire in Yellow invites contemporary artists, designers, and creatives with a Yorkshire connection to design a tribute to the Tour’s famous yellow jersey using yellow t-shirts as their canvas. These unique designs will be brought together to form a striking new display in the Millennium Gallery’s main thoroughfare.
Cold Bath Slow Art 

June 7-8, June 14-15, July 5-6




Rick Faulkner

07702 128443

To create celebrations on Cold Bath Road which engages with the community and celebrates the Tour de France in Harrogate, whilst simultaneously drawing attention to the benefits of sustainable transport
Le Grand Voyage  

June 6,7 and July 5,6


Harrogate Theatre

Harrogate Theatre 

Executive Producer Kevin Jamieson

01423 502710 ext 104

Michaela Noonan [PR]

01423 502710 ext 106

An unforgettable theatrical experience throwing participants into the beating heart of the Grand Départ in a way like no other. This touring virtual reality bicycle ride, in which the participating cyclist gets to be a rider in an unusual version of the Tour de France, features the Yorkshire landscape – and more far-flung places. Created in collaboration with Il Pixel Rosso. 
North Yorkshire Open Studios 

June 7-8, June 14-15


North Yorkshire

Chrysalis Arts 

France-Leigh Hadrysiak

07813 450451

01756 748529


North Yorkshire Open Studios is in its tenth year and has grown to become one of the major events in North Yorkshire’s cultural calendar.  Professional artists open their studios to the public over two weekends and offer workshops, exhibitions, geocaching trails and arts walks.

June 14, June 18 + July 12



Opera North 

Julia Gregg,  Interim Press & PR Manager

Tel: 0113 223 3526

Opera North is celebrating the Grand Départ as part of Yorkshire Festival 2014 with the final part of an exhilarating journey of its own. Götterdämmerung, or Twilight of the Gods, is the last opera of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle which will come to a conclusion just before the biggest cycle in sport takes off from Leeds.
Tour de Force Bicycle Orchestra 

June 20 – June 21



Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf//) & artists from Levenshulme Bicycle Orchestra 

Sarah McWatt

01484 471116

07989 669521

Join hcmf// at workshops designedto take recycling to a new dimension by building musical instruments from bike parts. hcmf// will help you explore your bicycle’s tuneful possibilities and  discover new sounds and music. Once made, you’ll play bicycle music with the rest of your orchestra.
Wish you were here 

21 June


Grassington, North Yorkshire



Heidi Johnson

07745 087378

01904 543382

Wish You Were Here is an opportunity for seven communities in North Yorkshire to celebrate what’s truly special about their area by writing and performing their own original songs, aided by a great team of musicians drawn from NYMAZ’s experienced delivery partners.
Tour de Brass 

June 21 and 22


Pan Yorkshire

Brassed on York Ltd 

Contact for press: Kate Lock, 07792 633984


TOUR DE BRASS is a weekend of brass-band concerts taking place across Yorkshire in locations along the two stages of the Grand Depart, culminating in a grand finale in York on the Sunday night with the Tour de Brass Yorkshire Prom concert performed by the world-famous Black Dyke Band.Details about bands and locations will be on the Yorkshire Festival website and


The Really Big Sing 

June 24


Scarborough OAT, North Yorkshire

Create Arts Development Ltd 

Michelle Watts

01723 384546

The Really Big Sing is offered to every school in North Yorkshire, culminating in ‘A Really Big Sing’ performance of the songs with up to 6,000 pupils and staff at the Open Air Theatre in Scarborough – bringing the Tour De France Cultural Festival to the Coast.

June 24 – July 7


Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square

Jenny Harris

07505 127631

Bicyclism is an exhibition, website, performance and publication about the people in and around Leeds that inhabit cycling, its history and its popular culture.  The project will be curated, created and delivered by Leeds based artists, writer and musician Boff Whalley and photographer Casey Orr.
Lost Boy Racer 

June25 – 27

(Press Night June 26)


Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Laura Rodwell

01484 484402

LOST BOY RACER is a quirky northern comedy-drama with a touch of blood-sweat-and-tears, a large dose of cycling wisdom lubricated with fun and farce, with some off-the-wall dance and bike antics and a love story of sorts.The production will feature a special set made of bike parts from sculptor Tim Tolkien.
Bicycle with Barefoot 

June 27 -28


Annapurna Indian Dance with Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, Halifax Festival & Eureka! National Children’s MuseumShantha Rao

01422 209906 / 07737 759783

A small scale dance show combining Indian dance with the creation of a bicycle painting, shared with the audience at the end of the performance at Eureka!
Beryl by Maxine Peake 

June 30  – July 19



West Yorkshire Playhouse 

Paula Rabbitt

07948 380362


Beryl Burton was one of the greatest cyclists the world has ever seen. She was born less than 3 miles from West Yorkshire Playhouse and trained with Morley Cycling Club.  Originally written for radio, TV star Maxine Peake has adapted her own script for the theatre.
Cart before Horse 

June 30 – July 6


Pan Yorkshire

Stumble Dance Circus 

Mish (Michele) Weaver

07932 630576

Cart before  Horse  is a powerful new contemporary circus performance which will be created especially forLe Grand Départ.  It will include workshop activity around trick cycling and other circus skills and a piece which tours outdoors in six shows across Yorkshire.
The Woolly Bike Trail  

July 1 – 31

Cassandra Kilbride


07532 097790

Cassandra Kilbride is a prolific yarn-stormer. For the Grand Départ, Cassandra is creating ten woolly bikes based on familiar Yorkshire themes, from woollen mills to whippets. Followher thread between locations, or take

part in a free workshop.

Festival of Colour Light and Space 

July 3 – 6



Sheffield Cathedral 

Rachael Savage

07890 390331

0114 263 6951

In its centenary year, Sheffield Cathedral will be working with Eye Music Trust and Yorkshire artists to undertake a creative outreach programme that will culminate in a 5 day creative showcase within the stunning. Colourscape arts installation on the Cathedral forecourt, inspired by the visit of the Tour de France to Yorkshire.
Bell Ringers Herald Cyclists 

July 5 & 6


Around TdF routes

Yorkshire Association of Change Ringers 

Rod Ismay


Phone 07913 909 787

Church bells across Yorkshire will welcome Le Tour with traditional English change ringing. As well as ringing bells on the route as the cyclists approach, ringers from around the country will be invited to join in a Festival of Ringing as part of the 100 day cultural event.


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