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Loud and proud launch unveils local and international line-up for yorkshire festival 2016

An explosion of colour, dance and music filled Trinity Leeds today to launch the newest international festival in the country – Yorkshire Festival 2016.

A street band accompanied a procession by the popular Handmade Parade to shout loud about the festival which will fill the county with world-class artistic experiences from 16 June to 3 July.

The full programme featuring hundreds of events was revealed today for the first time.

Cie Carabosse will bring a garden of fire to Harrogate, Place des Anges sees angelic feathers falling from the sky in Hull and prepare to be astonished as electric cabaret circus The Raunch comes to Yorkshire fresh from London's Southbank.

There will be international performances with artists and companies from 22 countries performing at the festival as well as a wealth of regional talent and Astor Piazzolla's tango operita María de Buenos Aires comes to Leyburn with dance lessons for the quick footed and the finest music for aficionados.

Handmade Parade in Hebden Bridge comes with a Russian twist when the embassy of Cardboardia opens its doors for the first time on English soil, and an innovative science fiction opera arrives at Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield.

Expect the unexpected with a European premiere at Bradford's Alhambra featuring musicians from along the length of the Nile and Duke Studios asks the public to vote for their favourite track to get Yorkshire dancing for its Big Disco on 1 July.

As part of a new commission, 2015 Turner Prize winner Assemble and artist Simon Terrillwill reimagine their touring exhibition, The Brutalist Playground, for the international Brutalist icon that is the Park Hill estate in Sheffield.

Yorkshire Festival artistic director Matt Burman said: “We're very excited to announce our plans for this year's Yorkshire Festival. We want people from across the county, from the rest of the country and all over the world to come and join us as we showcase our rich and diverse culture, show off our stunning venues and epic landscape, introduce visitors to our welcoming towns and cities, and introduce you to excellent artists doing excellent things.”

Welcome to Yorkshire’s chief executive Sir Gary Verity said: “Building on the incredible success of Yorkshire Festival 2014, get set for an exciting summer with an eclectic mix of performances and events which will fill every corner of the county.”

David Lascelles, Chair of the Yorkshire Festival 2016 said: “There are going to be some really spectacular occasions at this year’s Yorkshire Festival - international, home-grown, we’ve got it all. I do hope you can join us for some of them, I’m sure you’ll be glad you have!”

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