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Tour festival line-up unveiled

Tour festival line-up unveiled

Published at 9:44am 29th January 2014. (Updated at 2:11pm 30th January 2014)

Events in Harrogate, Harewood and the Dales will form part of the 100-day Yorkshire Festival 2014 leading up to the Grand Départ.

It is the first time that a cultural festival has been held before the Tour de France in its 111-year history.

The festival is the brainchild of Welcome to Yorkshire and has been backed by Yorkshire Water, Arts Council England and Yorkshire's local authorities.

Highlights include 'Le Grand Voyage' at Harrogate Theatre, where video goggles and headphones will allow participants to become the star of their own Tour de France.

Cold Bath Road will celebrate the Tour de France in Harrogate with 'Cold Bath Slow Art' hoping to simultaneously draw attention to the benefits of sustainable transport.

A trail of public artwork will be created at the Bentham Passing Place in Craven, a circular detour off the Way of the Roses cycle route.

'Wish You Were Here', in Grassington, will offer seven communities in North Yorkshire the opportunity to celebrate what is special about their area by writing and performing their own original songs.

Harewood House will host works by French and British masters and contemporary artists as part of 'From Versailles to Yorkshire: Sevrès and Moore at Harewood'.

Henrietta Duckworth, the festival's Executive Producer, said: "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, added: "The Yorkshire Festival 2014 will be a countywide celebration of arts and culture creating excitement and anticipation in the 100 days before the greatest free sporting show on the planet arrives in Yorkshire."

More details can be found at www.yorkshirefestival.co.uk