It’s wheels up for the first ever Tour de Yorkshire Festival this weekend as today (March 6) marked its official launch.
The festival will showcase the county’s vibrant arts and cultural scene, ahead of the very first Tour de Yorkshire international cycle race in May.
More than 200 events are expected to feature in the programme in theatres, concert venues, galleries and museums across the county in a months build up to race weekend.
On opening day, pianist Jessica Wei Zhu will appear at The Venue, Leeds College of Music and Leeds-based musical rock band Hope & Social will be performing at the start and finish towns.
Mark Fielding, Tour de Yorkshire Festival producer, said: “With the programme already shaping up well, it promises to be a wonderful showcase for Yorkshire’s arts and culture.”
The event follows last year’s hugely successful Yorkshire Festival, which was the first of its kind to precede the Tour de France.
The festival, which won Cultural Event of the Year at the 2014 UK Event Awards, included stage performances, art exhibitions, and music and dance events from 18,000 participants.
The Yorkshire Festival is set to return in 2016.
Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “The Tour de Yorkshire Festival is a fantastic opportunity to once again showcase the county’s amazing arts and cultural offerings, and after the incredible success of last year’s Yorkshire Festival, I am quite sure it will be prove to be another fantastic event for the county.”
The Tour de Yorkshire Festival has been made possible with support from Arts Council England, T&R Theakston Brewers of Masham, commercial gas supplier CNG, and Wakefield Grammar School Foundation.
It begins on 1 April, for the full programme visit: www.tourdeyorkshirefestival.com