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Artists urged: Make the most of Le Tour
11:00am Saturday 31st August 2013 in Local news
Preparations for next year’s Tour de France are stepping up a gear, with meetings planned for next month to help ready the area for the international race.
One, held by tourism group Welcome to Yorkshire, will be to provide information about how artists and creative industries can get involved in a 100-day arts festival before the tour.
The other, organised by Bradford Council, will help the public and local businesses know what to expect when the world’s biggest annual sporting event comes to their doorsteps.
The cycle race starts in Leeds on July 5 and passes through Keighley, Haworth, Otley, Ilkley, Silsden and other local towns and villages.
In the build-up to the race there will be a 100-day arts and culture festival in areas along the route.
A call has gone out for artists to come forward and help make the event a success and a roadshow being held by Welcome to Yorkshire will offer advice and support to artists who want to get involved.
They hope that areas across the route, from cities to villages, make the most of the festival by staging art installations, drama productions and other cultural events.
The meetings will be attended by recently-appointed artistic director of the event Maria Bota.
The roadshow will include dates in Bradford and Halifax.
Mrs Bota said: “This is a chance for artists, arts organisations and creative industries to come along and find out how to get involved in making some once-in-a-lifetime moments.
“I will be outlining the creative vision for the festival, the commissioning process and guidelines for expressions of interest.
“We are looking to create a cultural festival that will welcome the world to Yorkshire with all kinds of artistic activity that is engaging and accessible, challenging and thought-provoking.”
Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, added: “Whether you’re an artist or a festival committee, we want talented and inspirational people to turn Yorkshire into a Tour de France cultural spectacle in the run-up to the world’s biggest sporting event.”
The Bradford meeting will be on Thursday, September 5, from 10am to noon at the Alhambra Theatre. The Halifax meeting is the previous Tuesday at Dean Clough from 2pm until 4pm.
Bradford Council plans to hold a public drop-in session about the Tour in Keighley’s Victoria Hall on Saturday, September 28. More details will be announced closer to the date.
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