Sheffield set for Yorkshire Festival

Sheffield set for Yorkshire Festival

04 February 2014

The full programme for the Yorkshire Festival, which is set to precede the arrival of the Tour De France, has been revealed with several exciting events and projects set to take place both within & come out of Sheffield.

Boasting a diverse and vibrant programme of arts and cultural activity, the 100 day festival will kick off a countdown to the Yorkshire Grand Depart from Thursday 27 March running through to Sunday 6 July, when the world’s largest annual sporting event is set to descend on the county.

Several of Sheffield’s leading cultural organisations, venues, artists and creative coordinators were amongst the successful applicants announced as main commissions for the official activity.

In particular, Sheffield’s international documentary festival Doc/Fest will have a starring role, presenting their Tour De Cinema, which will feature as a major strand of the festival, screening documentary and fiction films on large scale high HD screens in beautiful open-air locations, National Trust venues, and community spaces across the county.

Tour De Cinema, will see Doc/Fest collaborating with several significant local and national organisations, such as SHAFF, Cine Yorkshire, Yorkshire Film Archive, University of Sheffield, University of Leeds, National Media Museum, Bradford International Film Festival and the National Trust. Like all the events as part of the Yorkshire Festival programme, these screenings will be free for the public to attend.

Museums Sheffield has teamed up with Made North to create an original showcase for Yorkshire’s creative talent. Coinciding with Sheffield Design Week, Yorkshire in Yellow will invite contemporary artists, designers and creatives to design their own tribute to the ‘Maillot Jaume’ in the form of a yellow T shirt, with responses showcased at the Millennium Gallery. From simple drawings or doodles, to more complex and detailed designs, Yorkshire’s creative community will show off their skills using the yellow jersey as their canvas.

Following a £23 million refurbishment, Sheffield Cathedral will play host to the Woolly Bike Trail exhibition and Sheffield Festival of Colour, Space and Light, with the latter providing a giant walk-in inflatable art installation. Inside this vivid labyrinth, 25 light filled domes will offer encounters with music, dance and digital art made by local artists.

Sheffield Theatre’s will present one of Yorkshire’s most celebrated stories with a dance theatre adaption of Kes for the Crucible stage 27 March-5 April, while the Site Gallery presents two interactive installations by Taiwanese artist and rising star Wu Chi-Tsung.

In addition to this, the Sheffield Steel Peloton will present a unique opportunity for the public to participate with an array of artists and film makers, to discover Sheffield’s steel history. Workshops for each stage of this project will include traditional smelting, blacksmithing, bike décor, bike maintenance and the science of cycling.

Tour De Cinema, various locations 27 March- 5 July
Kes, Crucible Theatre 27 March- 5 April
Wu Chi-Tsung’s Dust, Site Gallery 4 April- 31 May
Yorkshire in Yellow, Millennium gallery 31 May- 7 September
Woolly Bike Trail Exhibition, Cathedral 1 July- 31 July
Sheffield Festival of Colour, Space and Light, Cathedral 3-6 July
Sheffield Steel Peloton, various locations 27 March- 28 June

For more information on the Yorkshire Festival visit www.festival.yorkshire.com