Saddling up to embrace culture

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Getting on board with this summer’s Grand Depart can mean saddling up yourself, embracing Yorkshire’s culture, or even both.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP), in West Bretton, Wakefield, is preparing for the arrival of the Tour de France by encouraging visitors to the 500acre open air gallery to get on special bikes to power a film showcase on May 9 from 8pm.

The Cycle Cinema will see volunteers take to two wheels in a bid to generate the electricity to watch the revered animation The Triplets of Belleville on a big screen.

Tickets to the Yorkshire Festival 2014 fringe event at YSP cost £7.50 for adults and £4 for children. It comes as people across the region are being encouraged back on their bikes to embrace the cycling spirit of Le Tour.

Clare Lilley, director of programme at YSP, said: “The Cycle Cinema is a really inclusive and entertaining way of getting back on your bike and preparing for the world’s greatest cycling race coming to Yorkshire.

“As well as grabbing a bit of exercise, visitors will be able to enjoy watching a fantastic animated film in the gorgeous surroundings of YSP.”

Cycle Cinema comes as cyclists continue to be encouraged to ride along to free public screenings of films as part of the Tour de Cinema commission. The next is at Hardcastle Crags near Hebden Bridge on May 3 from 5pm to 11pm.

The Tour de Cinema, organised by Sheffield Doc/Fest showings will see family-friendly films and documentaries including Velorama, From Trike to Bike, A Day Out and Boy and Bicycle displayed in pictureque Yorkshire countryside.

Screenings will also take place in locations including Fountains Abbey, Nunnington Hall and Brimham Rocks over the coming weeks.

Daisy Asquith, director of the Velorama film, said: “You are in a beautiful place, watching beautiful footage.”

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