THE world’s biggest disco ball, a world record attempt, a garden of fire and an explosion of feathers – these are just some of the things on offer at the Yorkshire Festival 2016.
The inaugural Yorkshire Festival, which swept the county two years ago, won Cultural Event of the Year at the UK Event Awards and brought communities together like never before.
Taking place from June 16 to July 3, this year’s event promises to be even better and will see hundreds of shows, concerts and events taking place in all four corners of the county.
Festival organisers want to set a world record with this first ever event, which will see the public vote for the winning track chosen from a top ten pitched by big name DJs.
In Harrogate, the internationally renowned French company, Cie Carabosse will bring a garden of fire to Valley Gardens, while Place des Anges will light up Hull’s skyline with a blizzard of angelic feathers, giant cherubic inflatables, daredevil acrobats and a divine firework display.
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.
As part of a new commission, 2015 Turner Prize winner Assemble and artist Simon Terrill will reimagine their touring exhibition, The Brutalist Playground, for the international Brutalist icon that is the Park Hill estate in Sheffield.
Meanwhile, Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre will be treated to a UK-exclusive performance from the Nile Project, featuring incredible musicians from countries along the Nile.
The county’s fish and chip shops will also provide the setting for a performance of UK grime and Yorkshire brass in #ChipShopTheMusical – there’s even free fish and chips included in the ticket price.