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.