Wharfedale cyclists are invited to join Tour de France festival

Wharfedale cyclists are invited to join Tour de France festival

Wharfedale cyclists are invited to join Tour de France festival

First published in Local news

Wharfedale cyclists are being invited to take part in this summer’s Yorkshire Festival, celebrating the Tour de France coming to the district.

The first arts festival to accompany a Grand Depart of the Tour de France will bring music, dance, theatre, film and art activities to the region – and cyclists are being invited to bring their bikes along and be part of it.

The programme includes a wide range of events, including Ghost Peloton, a project by Phoenix Dance Theatre in partnership with Sustrans, in which 50 experienced cyclists are needed to wear specially-designed light suits for two live performances in Leeds.

Cyclists are also invited to deliver a yellow conductor’s baton to brass bands waiting to start their ‘Tour de Brass’ concert; share experiences of life on two wheels with Bike Story, which will form the basis of a new play touring Yorkshire during the festival; and sending cycling photos to be part of a new exhibition, Bicyclism, at Leeds City Museum.

Tour de Force Bicycle Orchestra is calling for donations of old bikes and parts to give them a new lease of life as a frame harp, handlebar trumpet, thumb piano or singing wheel.

Henrietta Duckworth, executive producer of Yorkshire Festival 2014, said: “The festival is a brilliant celebration of culture and cycling happening indoors and outdoors.

“If you’re already a cyclist, take part and get involved.”

For more details, visit yorkshirefestival.co.uk.

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