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Yorkshire Festival 2014

Yellow TDF bike in Knaresborough

The Yorkshire Festival will run from 27th March to 6th July 2014. It is a festival of free cultural events in the 100 days leading up to the Tour de France in Yorkshire. The Festival is organised by Welcome to Yorkshire, with sponsorship and funding from Yorkshire Water, the National Lottery, and Arts Council England.

There are 47 main projects which make up the events of the Festival, plus more which are part of the Fringe. See the Yorkshire Festival brochure. These are some of the highlights.

Highlights of the Yorkshire Festival 2014

The Woolly Bike Trail

Cassandra Kilbride makes crocheted street art, and she is creating ten woolly bikes, with the help of people who attend workshops in various Yorkshire towns. The finished works will be displayed from 3rd July 2014 in Sheffield, then they will be placed in different positions along the Woolly Bike Trail route.

Being Brel, Skipton Auction Mart, 28th March 2014

Nick O' Connor will perform Jacques Brel's songs, and reveal more about Brel through film and monologue.

Tour de Cinema

Tour de Cinema at Brimham Rocks

In thirty locations across Yorkshire, films about cycling will be shown outdoors. Films include Alan Bennett's BBC film 'A Day Out', about a Halifax cycling club.

The Tour de Cinema begins at Bradford Cathedral (27th March to 7th April 2014). Other locations include:

  • Malham Cove, 26th April 2014
  • Brimham Rocks, 17th May 2014
  • Millennium Square, Leeds, 21st May 2014
  • Sheffield Peace Gardens, 7th June 2014
  • Fountains Abbey, 14th June 2014

The Grand Departs, Mytholmroyd, 5th April 2014

Cyclists will pull a grand piano up Cragg Vale, England's longest continuous climb, while the piano is played by professional and amateur pianists. Brilliant! Starts at 12 noon.

Art and Yorkshire, from Turner to Hockney, Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate, 12th April to 12th October 2014

Paintings, photos, and sculptures influenced by Yorkshire. Includes works by JMW Turner, and David Hockney, on display at the Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate.

Thomas Houseago sculptures, Leeds Art Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 30th April to 6th July 2014

Two monumental scupltures from the Leeds-born artist Thomas Houseago (now based in America), one in Leeds, and one in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Cold Bath Slow Art, Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, 7th June 2014

Slow Art installations on Cold Bath Road, drawing attention to the benefits of sustainable travel.

Le Grand Voyage, Harrogate theatre, 7th June & 5th & 6th July 2014

Wear video goggles and headphones, and experience the sights, sounds and smells, as you cycle through outer space, and along the ocean floor.

True Grit Digital Poetry

Workshops in various locations with Kate Fox, Northern stand-up poet:

Programme of the Yorkshire Festival 2014

These are some of the main programme of the Yorkshire Festival 2014. (See the Yorkshire Festival website for the full programme).

Date Location Event
22-23 Feb 2014 Wakefield The first of the workshops, open to anyone with basic crocheting ability. Organised by Cassandra Kilbride, the Woolly Bike Trail project is to create ten woolly bikes, which will be street art, in ten towns, forming a trail.
24 Feb, 10 Mar, 7 Apr, &14 Apr 2014 Dewsbury Country Park Artist Adam Strickson will create large-scale sculptures using natural materials, inspired by birds that migrate to and from the Country Park. He will be on site on the four Monday dates shown, and will lead poetry walks.
26 & 27 Feb York Designer Outlet Woolly bike trail workshops (see 22-23 Feb, Wakefield, above).
1 Mar to 28 June City Art Gallery, Leeds Print exhibition: 'Shoots and Leaves.' Works by Lynne Bailey and Stef Mitchell.
12 Mar to 11 June Skipton Girl's High School Chamber Music Series. Concerts on 12 Mar, 9 Apr, 14 May, and 11 June. £6.
12 & 19 Mar 2014 W Yorks Playhouse, Leeds Woolly bike trail workshops (see 22-23 Feb, Wakefield, above).
18 Mar to 13 Apr 2014 Blossom St Gallery, York York Open Studios: a taster exhibition to launch the Open Studios event. Selected artists have been asked to produce a special piece of work on the theme of the Grand Départ.
22 Mar to 28 Jun City Art Gallery, Leeds Down to Earth Exhibition. Jewelry and ceramics exhibition at the City Art Gallery.
22 Mar Scarborough Spa complex Yorkshire Beard Day. Starts 2pm. A Beard Competition organised by the British Beard Club, bands, beer tasting, and family games. Banquet at 6pm.
13 Mar to 13 Apr Various locations The Tour of Infinite Possibility, with Hope & Social. Twelve participatory musical shows in twelve locations. 7 June, Otley, Grassington and Hawes; 8 June, Masham, Ripon and Harrogate; 21 June, Knaresborough, Addingham and Keighley; 22 June, Ripponden, Elland, Holmfirth and Sheffield.
25 & 26 Mar Hepworth, Holmfirth Woolly bike trail workshop at the Carding Shed, Hepworth, Holmfirth.
27 to 30 Mar Hull (various venues) Contemporary theatre at the Heads Up Festival
27 Mar Skipton Town Hall StArt in the Dales. A celebration of stitched and textile art illustrating life in the Yorkshire Dales
27 Mar Kentmere House Gallery, York Exhibition of contemporary paintings of the towns and countryside through which the Tour will pass. At Kentmere House
27 Mar to 12 Apr York Minster Music for passiontide on 27 Mar, 29 Mar, 5 Apr, and 12 Apr at York Minster
27 Mar to 6 Jul Beningbrough Royals then and now: see royal portraits loaned from the National Portrait Gallery
27 Mar to 5 Apr Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Barry Hines' Kes: a dance-theatre adaptation of the story of Billy Caspar and his relationship with a kestrel
27 Mar to 27 Jun On tour, at events and festivals in Yorkshire Bike Story by 509 Arts. An hour-long show with tales of bikes and bike rides
27 Mar to 1 Jun South Pennine uplands Fields of vision: designs are to be woven into hillsides and grasslands on and near Ilkely Moor
28 Mar Skipton Auction Mart Nick O' Connor performs 'Being Brel' - Jacques Brel's songs in Flemish, English and French, interwoven with images, film footage, and monologue, to reveal Jacques Brel the man
28 Mar Bradford Cathedral Outdoor cinema in unusual locations. Starts at Bradford Cathedral with 'Velorama - A Century of the Bicycle.' Listings and details on cineyorkshire.co.uk
28 Mar to 6 Jul Various museums in Kirklees, incl. Huddersfield Art Gallery Le Tour des Musées includes Bagshaw Museum, Dewsbury Museum, Oakwood Hall, Red House, Tolson Museum, and Huddersfield Art Gallery. A range of crafts and activities
28 Mar National Centre for Early Music, York Martin Taylor, jazz guitarist, performs solo. Ncem.co.uk
29 Mar Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge Cheer-sing. A workshop to teach local communities to perform chant-songs and clapping raps relevant to their area. Advise on singing and shouting safely in the open air!
29 Mar The Community Hub, Steeton, nr Keighley A travelling art show by Yorkshire artists Liz Clarke and Dave Marsh - Art Show by the Elm Gallery
29 Mar Hade Edge Band Room, Holmfirth Brass with Expression, by the Hade Edge Band and ladies' choir Vocal Expressions
29-30 Mar Sheffield Uni Students' Union cineyorkshire.co.uk
29 Mar Holme St Arts Centre, Hebden Bridge French & Breton Life, Music, & Dance workshop. With Panards band and local musicians
29 Mar Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, Univ of Leeds Science Fiction in the University's art & special collection. Coincides with the Dreams of a Low Carbon Future display
29 Mar to 31 May W Yorks Print Workshop, Mirfield Matisse & Picasso Lithographs from the 1950s
29 Mar Mytholmroyd Methodist church Choral music from France by Cantorelli, a group of eight singers
29 Mar & 28 June West Yorks Print Workshop, Mirfield Photo plate lithography - learn how to make and print your own lithograph plates
29 Mar Halifax Square Chapel Roger Davies in concert. The Yorkshire Songwriter plays his Acoustic Folk
29 Mar Harrogate Theatre The Big T Variety Talent Contest
30 Mar Various locations in and around Sheffield Sheffield Steel Peleton. Take part in a project to make a one-off steel bike. The process will be filmed for a documentary. Events on 30th March, 5th April, 21st April 5th May, 18th May, 7th June, 21-22nd June, and 5th July
4 Apr to 31 May Site Gallery, Sheffield Wu Chi-Tsung: Dust. An exhibition of visual art at the Site Gallery
5 Apr Mytholmroyd The Grand Departs. Local cyclists attempt to pull a grand piano up Cragg Vale, while it is being played
5 Apr Shaff South Street Amphitheatre Tour de Cinema as part of the Sheffield Doc Fest
5 Apr Rural Arts, Thirsk True Grit Digital Poetry workshop with Kate Fox, a Northern stand up poet
From 5 Apr Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield Visual art outdoors, by Ursula Von Rydingsvard at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park
9 Apr Burniston & Cloughton Village Hall A play incorporating music and dance - Monday's Child, by Tutti Frutti productions
9 to 16 Apr Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield Woolly Bike Trail
12 Apr to 12 Oct The Mercer Gallery, Harrogate Art and Yorkshire: from Turner to Hockney. This exhibition of photos, paintings, and sculptures shows the influence of Yorkshire on artists
12 Apr The Old School House, Leyburn Cheer-sing
12 to 25 Apr Todmorden High School & Centre Vale Park Fantastical Cycle Parade. Workshops at Todmorden High School to transform your bike into a fantastical mechanical creature, under the guidance of Handmade Parade, on 12th, 13th, 17th, 19th, 20th, 22nd, and 25th April. Parade on 26th April in Centre Vale Park, Todmorden
12 Apr Streets of Dewsbury Spirit Festival, free event on the streets of Dewsbury. Includes a show by Belgian Theatre company Tol, with aerial cyclists, and workshops making willow sculptures on Dewsbury Market Place
12 to 18 Apr The Spa Complex, Hull University Scarborough campus, Scarborough National Student Drama Festival
12 Apr The Riverside, Sheffield; Central Library, Hull True Grit Digital poetry (see 5 Apr, Thirsk)
15 Apr Host Media Centre True Grit Digital poetry
18 Apr to 2 Nov Harewood House From Versailles to Yorkshire: Sevres and Moore at Harewood
21 Apr Endcliffe Park, Sheffield Sheffield Steel Peleton workshop & Friends of Porter Valley Duck Race. See 30 Mar above
22 Apr to 26 Apr York Theatre Royal Monday's Child, by Tutti Frutti Productions. See 9 Apr above
24 to 25 Apr Wood End Gallery Sapce, Scarborough Woolly Bike Trail workshop - see 22 Feb above
26 Apr Holy Trinity Church, Boar Lane, Leeds Cheer-Sing - see 12 Apr above
26 Apr Centre Vale Park, Todmorden Fantastical Cycle Parade - see 12 to 25 Apr above
26 Apr Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales Tour de Cinema - see 28 Mar above
27 Apr Devonshire Institute, Grassington Cheer-Sing - see 12 Apr above
27 Apr to 20 Jun TBC The Tour of Infinite Possibility workshops at dates and venues to be confirmed
30 Apr to 6 Jul Leeds Art Gallery & Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield Thomas Houseago, sculptor, at Leeds Art Gallery, and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, part of the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle
1 May Otley Courthouse, Otley Monday's Child - see 9 Apr above
3 May Addingham Memorial Hall, Main St, Ilkley Cheer-Sing - see 12 Apr above
3 May Hardcastle Crags & Gibson Mill, Hebden Bridge Tour de Cinema
3 May Grassington Wish You Were Here at Grassington. Songwriting workshop, collecting ideas for a song to represent the local area, to be performed at Grassington Festival on 21st June
5 May Graves Park, Sheffield Sheffield Steel Peloton, see 30 Mar above. 11.30am to 4.30pm
10 May to 29 June Ferens Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Square, Hull Poised - Dryden Goodwin's 28 minute film installation about a group of divers
10 May Nunnington Hall, York Tour de Cinema
10 May Theatre in the Mill, Bradford True Grit Digital Poetry
10 May Nidderdale High School, Pateley Bridge Wish You Were Here (see 3 May above), 10am to 3pm
11 to 17 MayCast, DoncasterA Taste of Honey - a kitchen sink drama, set in Salford in 1959
15 May to 31 AugustWhite Cloth Gallery, LeedsEyes on le Tour de France. Tour photos by Graham Watson and Bernard Thompson
16 May to 12 JulyThe Civic, BarnsleyBike Show - a design-oriented exhibition about modern cycling. Launch event 17th May
16 to 17MayWaides Yard, LeedsGhost Peloton. Cyclists wearing bespoke LED light suits put on a performance. By NVA, Phoenix Dance, and Sustrans
17 MaySkiptonCheer-sing - see 12th April above
17 MayBrimham Rocks, Pateley BridgeTour de Cinema outdoor screening at Brimham Rocks
17 MayPortholme Methodist Church Hall, SelbyWish You Were Here, 10am to 3pm - see 3 May above
18 MayHoly Trinity church, HolmfirthCheer-sing - see 12th April above
18 MayWeston May Fayre, Weston Park, SheffieldSheffield Steel Peloton - see 30 Mar above
20 to 24 MayStephen Joseph Theatre, ScarboroughA Taste of Honey - see 11-17 May above
23 MayToll Gavel Unite church, BeverleyCarnevale Veneziano, i Fagiolini. The vocal ensemble performs a concert that conjures up the spirit of the Venetian Carnival. Part of the Beverley Early Music Festival. 7.30pm
23 May to 6 July Sheffield CathedralFestival of Colour, Space & Light. Digital art projections and live performances
23 & 24 MayOpera North Grand Theatre, LeedsMonday's Child - see 9 Apr above
24 to 31 MayCarnival BenthamCarnival Bentham by bike. Live music, dance, street theatre, and a bike ride. Carnival workshops 2-4pm from 24th to 30th May to make a costume. Bike ride on Saturday 31st May 11.45am to 1.30pm, then Carnival Procession at 1.30pm
24 MayHarrogate TheatreTrue Grit Digital Poetry - see 5 Apr, and 'Highlights of the Yorkshire Festival', above
24 MayHelmsley Arts CentreWish You Were Here - see 3 May above
26 MayWorsborough Mill, BarnsleyThe Hunt. Treasure Hunt leading to 5 historic locations in Yorkshire. See our Tour de France in Barnsley page
27 & 29 MayBronte Parsonage Museum, HaworthThe Woolly Bike Trail - see 22 to 23 Feb above
30 MayKnaresborough CastleThe Hunt. See 26 May above
30 May to 14 JunStephen Joseph Theatre, ScarboroughThe Last Train to Scarborough. Crime drama set in 1914
31 May to 1 JunSquare Chapel, HalifaxThe Woolly Bike Trail - see 22 to 23 Feb above
31 MayBotton Village School, DanbyWish You Were Here - see 3 May above
31 May to 7 SepMillenium Gallery, SheffieldYorkshire in Yellow. Contemporary artists and designers will design their own yellow T shirt for an exhibition at Sheffield Millenium Gallery
1 Jun to 1 OctSouth Pennine uplandsFields of Vision. Land art by farmers, cyclists, and artists. Area includes Ilkley Moor. Hundreds of local people will be involved. Each site has a vantage point
3 to 10 JunSheffield CathedralThe Woolly Bike Trail - see 22 to 23 Feb above
7 JunThe Gallery at the Montgomery, SheffieldCheer-sing - see 12 Apr above
7 JunCold Bath Road, HarrogateCold Bath Road Mystery. Outdoor installations, part of the Slow Art movement, reminding us to reduce our speed and savour the moment. 11am & 2.30pm on Sat 7 Jun, starting at Royal Pump Rooms. For other dates and times North Yorks Open Studios
7 Jun & 5 & 6 JulHarrogate TheatreLe Grand Voyage - see 'Highlights of the Yorkshire Festival' above
7/8 & 14/15 JunVarious locations in North YorksNorth Yorkshire Open Studios. 126 artists, designers, and makers are opening their studios for visits
7 JunSheffield Peace GardensSheffield Steel Peloton preview screening of the film - see 30 Mar above
7 JunDean Clough, HalifaxThe Hunt - see 26 May above
7 JunOtley, Grassington & HawesThe Tour of Infinite Possibility Tour day 1 - see 13 Mar/13 Apr above
7 JunSheffield Peace GardensTour de Cinema. 2pm to 7.30pm, various films including Jour de Fete by Jacques Tati
7 JunGaltres Centre, EasingwoldWish You Were Here - see 3 May above
8 JunMasham, Ripon, HarrogateThe Tour of Infinite Possibility day 2 - see 13 Mar/13 Apr above
8 & 9 JunRibbon Circus, Hebden BridgeThe Woolly Bike Trail - see 22 & 23 Feb above
8 JunHoward St, SheffieldTour de Cinema, 12 noon to 5.30pm. Programme starts with Bicycle Thieves by Vittorio de Sica
10 JunYork Theatre RoyalMonday's Child - see 9 Apr above
12 JunSheffield AmphitheatreTour de Cinema, 5pm to 10pm. Programme begins with Standing Start
13 & 14 JunGrassington Festival OctagonLe Grand Voyage - see 7 Jun above
13 JunHolmfirth Methodist churchMonday's Child - see 9 Apr above
13 JunThe Plug, SheffieldTour de Cinema, 6pm to 11pm. Starts with Velorama
14 JunBradford Festival, Bradford City ParkBicycle with Barefoot. Annapurna Indian Dance
14 JunGrassington FestivalCheer-sing - see 12 Apr above
14 & 18 Jun, & 12 JulLeeds Town HallGotterdammerung by Opera North
14 JunRotherham LibraryThe Hunt - see 26 May above
14 JunFountains Abbey, nr RiponTour de Cinema at Fountains Abbey
14 JunThe Clints, Marske, RichmondWish You Were Here - see 3 May above
15 JunBarnsley CivicMonday's Child - see 9 Apr above
17 & 18 JunStephen Joseph Theatre, ScarboroughLe Grand Voyage - see 7 Jun above
19-21 JunBarnsley CivicLe Grand Voyage - see 7 Jun above
20 & 21 JunRowntree Park, YorkBike Story: what's yours? Telling bike stories on an outdoor set
20 & 21 JunHuddersfield, Pack Horse Gallery & Nelson Mandela CornerTour de Force Bicycle Orchestras. Construct musical instruments from bikes and play them
21 JunGrassington FestivalBicycle with barefoot - see 14 Jun above
21 & 22 JunMillhouses Park, SheffieldSheffield Steel Peloton - see 30 Mar above
21 JunKnaresborough, Addingham, & KeighleyTour of Infinite Possibility - see 13 Mar/13 Apr above
21 JunBedale, Ripon, Otley, Richmond, & BrighouseTour de Brass. Outdoor free brass concerts
21 JunRavenscarTour de Cinema
21 JunThe Square, GrassingtonWish You Were Here final performance - see 3 May above
22 JunGrassington Hub, Grassington FestivalBike Story - see 20 & 21 Jun above
22 & 23 JunThe Hub at Slung Low, Holbeck, leedsLe Grand Voyage - see 7 Jun above
22 JunWest Vale car park, Elland; Holmfirth High School, & Kelham Island Museum car park, SheffieldTour of Infinite Possibility - see 13 Mar/13 Apr above
22 JunHebden Bridge, Holmfirth, Knaresborough, Ilkley, & YorkTour de Brass - see 21 Jun above 
24 Jun to 7 JulLeeds City museumBicyclism exhibition
24 JunScarborough Open Air theatreThe Really Big Sing, with 6,000 North Yorkshire schoolchildren
25 JunWest Yorkshire Playhouse, LeedsBike Story - see 20 & 21 Jun above
25 to 27 JunLawrence Batley theatre, HuddersfieldLost Boy Racer - a comedy/drama theatre event about an ex-cycle racer who want to get back on his bike
26 JunSir Nigel Gresley Square, DoncasterBike Story - see 20 & 21 Jun above
26 & 27 JunCast, DoncasterLe Grand Voyage - see 7 Jun above
27 JunRoberts Park, SaltaireBike Story - see 20 & 21 Jun above
28 JunHebden Bridge Arts FestivalBicycle with Barefoot - see 14 Jun above
28 JunThe Lido, IlkleyBike Story - see 20 & 21 Jun above
28 JunOtley CourthouseLe Grand Voyage - see 7 Jun above
29 JunHalifax Arts FestivalBicycle with Barefoot - see 14 Jun above
29 JunCalder Holmes Park, Hebden BridgeBike Story - see 20 & 21 Jun above
29 JunHebden Bridge Arts FestivalCart Before Horse - outdoor circus event
29 JunHebden Bridge Arts FestivalLe Grand Voyage - see 7 Jun above
30 Jun to 19 JulWest Yorkshire Playhouse, LeedsBeryl - a play about bike racer Beryl Burton
1 JulQueen Victoria Square, HullBike Story - see 20 & 21 Jun above
1 to 6 JulBarnsley Civic, Dales Countryside museum, Briggate Leeds, Helmsley, Halifax Festival, Attercliffe Common SheffieldCart Before Horse - see 29 Jun above. Barnsley on 1 Jul, Dales Countryside museum on 2 Jul, and so on
1 to 4 JulLeeds Art Galleryle Grand Voyage - see 7 Jun above
2 JulThe Orangery, WakefieldBike Story - see 20 & 21 Jun above
2 to 6 JulSt George's Square, HuddersfieldOutdoor visual art and dance event organised by Kirklees District Council
2 to 4 JulHarrogate theatreLost Boy Racer - see 25 Jun above
2 JulMillennium Square, LeedsTour de Cinema, on the big screen set up for the Tour
3 JulValley Gardens, HarrogateBike Story - see 20 & 21 Jun above
3 to 6 JulSheffield CathedralFestival of Colour, Space, and Light
3 JulSheffield CathedralWoolly Bike Trail
5 & 6 JulVarious locationsBell ringing at churches along the route to welcome the riders
5 JulManor Heath Park, HalifaxBike Story
5 & 6JulAlong the route of the raceCheer-sing
5 JulSheffieldSheffield Steel Peloton premiere screening in the city centre, and Steel Peloton Cavalcade at Barkers Pool
5 JulSheffield Showroom CinemaTour de Cinema
7 & 8 JulWakefield Theatre RoyalLost Boy Racer - see 25 Jun above