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Arts festival starts ahead of Tour

Arts festival starts ahead of Tour

Published at 7:55am 1st April 2015. (Updated at 9:35am 3rd April 2015)

The first Tour de Yorkshire Festival has started, with over 200 performances and exhibitions taking place to showcase the region's vibrant arts and culture scene.

It’s being held as part of the build-up to the international cycle race which will visit places including Ilkley and Otley in May.

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "As we saw in last year’s incredible Yorkshire Festival, our county has an amazing array of art and culture, and the Tour de Yorkshire Festival is the perfect platform for artists of all kinds to show off their talents."

The event culminates over the Tour de Yorkshire weekend, with special events at the start and finish.

Leeds-based band Hope & Social will be sharing their musical skills.

The band said: "Last year's Yorkshire Festival was an incredible experience for us, working with 1,500 people across the county on our Tour of Infinite Possibility.

"We're thrilled to be joining in once again with this year's Tour de Yorkshire and inviting the good, good people to come bang the drums, sing the songs, and make as much racket as we possibly can."

The first few days of the Tour de Yorkshire Festival include performances from pianist Jessica Wei Zhu at Leeds College of Music, Northern Ballet's 'Elves & the Shoemaker' at Harrogate Theatre and Arthur Miller's 'A View from the Bridge' at The Alhambra Theatre in Bradford.

More information here.