The first ever Yorkshire Festival 2014 is set to get underway today as the official countdown to the Tour de France begins.
Yorkshire Festival 2014 will be officially launched at Welcome to Yorkshire’s Y14 in Harrogate and at Le Grand Départ 100 Days Dinner at Ripon Cathedral on Thursday March 27.
There, more than 2,000 guests will be given a flavour of the festival which will tap into Yorkshire’s rich cultural talents.
Events in Calderdale will include the first major outdoor commission will be The Grand Departs on April 5, an epic musical and cycling challenge to pull a grand piano by bicycle up Cragg Vale.
Fifteen musicians will play specially composed ‘Piano Cycle’ by Dave Nelson while the piano is pulled by Andy Plant’s new invention The PianoPorté. The event is organised by Hebden Bridge Piano Festival and Imove.
There will also be the Fields of Vision project, showing art visible from the sky to show the world the beauty of the South Pennines.
The Fantastical Cycle Parade will be a glorious ride through the streets of Todmorden on April 26 with bicycles, tricycles, unicycles, scooters, prams and wheelchairs.
Bicycle with Barefoot will feature original Asian dance theatre with live music, drumming, visual arts and storytelling at Eureka on June 28.
Coun Tim Swift, Leader of Calderdale Council, which has co-ordinated local authority support for the festival said: “There is a wonderfully diverse range of events across Yorkshire during the 100 days.
“This is our chance to show the world some examples of the creative spirit of our region – but at the same time, gives us all a chance to enjoy the build of excitement across Yorkshire throughout the 100 days leading up to the Tour de France.
“Our council has been delighted to have the chance to coordinate support for the festival and we know thousands of people are going to enjoy taking part.”