Yorkshire Festival is set to burst into life this week, bringing more than 900 artists from 22 countries together for 18 days of dance, arts, performance and music as part of the UK’s newest international festival.
The programme kicks off in Leeds on Thursday June 16 when 10 of the city’s most iconic statues will be brought to life as part of ‘Talking Statues’, featuring the voices of Brian Blessed, Vic Reeves and Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones), whilst in Sheffield, the Weston Park Museum will become a canvas for a huge projection from dusk until dawn for one night only as part of God’s Own County.
Thousands have already signed up to dance beneath the world’s largest disco ball at Duke Studios in Leeds, as part of the Big Disco on Friday July 1. Revellers can still sign up to hold their own Little Disco across Yorkshire and dance at the same time to a track which is currently being chosen by a public vote.
East of the county, 10,000 tickets have been snapped up for the now sold-out Place des Anges in Hull which will illuminate the city skyline on Saturday July 2 with a blizzard of angelic feathers, giant cherubic inflatables, daredevil acrobats; and new commission ‘Sonic Journey’, sees composer Gavin Bryars and poet Blake Morrison launch an audio download inspired by the urban/coastal landscape from Goole to Hull to be experienced on the train journey between the two.
#PlayFarAwayday will see live music take to some of the most beautiful and remote spots of North Yorkshire’s landscape from Flamborough Head to Swaledale on June 18, whilst Harrogate plays host to a ‘Fire Garden’ from June 23 – 25.
Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre will be treated to a UK premiere performance from The Nile Project on June 18, featuring incredible musicians from 11 countries along the Nile, while chip shops across the county will play host to #chipshopthemusical – a brand new show fusing UK grime and Yorkshire brass, complete with complimentary fish and chips.
Other highlights include new sci-fi opera, Opera for the Unknown Woman at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield, and modern day cabaret spectacular, The Raunch, which is set to take legendary variety club, Batley Frontier, by storm from June 29 – July 2.
Matt Burman, artistic director said: “The next 18 days will see a fantastic mix of artists, performers, makers and musicians, both home-grown here in Yorkshire and guests from further afield, showcase some of the best creative talent from around the world. We hope local people and visitors to our fine county will make the most of having this cultural celebration on their doorstep, and enjoy being a part of what promises to be our most ambitious and impressive festival to date.”
Sir Gary Verity chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said: “Yorkshire is strong not just in terms of its cycling but also in its art and cultural offering and the Yorkshire Festival encompasses just that. We’d encourage everyone to get into the spirit and be part of this 18 day spectacle which will bring something for everyone to every corner of the county.”
For further information contact:
Debbie Bradley – Senior Press Officer – Yorkshire Festival
Tel: 01943 603311
Mob: 07740 362861
Olivia Rhodes – Press Officer - Yorkshire Festival
Tel: 01943 603311
Jo Francisco - Senior Press Officer – Welcome to Yorkshire
Direct Line: 0113 322 3563