Cultural Festival to put Calderdale on the map

Chris Froome leads Team Sky round 'Cragg Vale' corner in the Tour de France stage 4 Team Time Trial in Nice.  2 July 2012.  Picture Bruce Rollinson
Chris Froome leads Team Sky round 'Cragg Vale' corner in the Tour de France stage 4 Team Time Trial in Nice. 2 July 2012. Picture Bruce Rollinson

The first steps of putting Calderdale on the map ahead of the Tour de France 2014 have taken place to try and involve as many people as possible.

A presentation was given at the Smith Art Gallery by Robin Tuddenham, Calderdale Council’s director of communities, about the ambitious 100-day cultural festival.

The event will begin on March 27, 2014, and will build up to the Yorkshire Grand Depart. Mr Tuddenham said the cultural festival is going to be special and a real opportunity for Calderdale - and Brighouse.

“Nothing like this has been done before. It could possibly influence future Tour de France events.

“In the same way the Olympics showcased Great Britain, the cultural festival and the Tour want to showcase Yorkshire. It should be a celebration and fun and show the quirkiness of Yorkshire life.

“We want to make sure Calderdale is strongly represented in this and it is for the whole of Calderdale not just towns along the route.”

The Tour will make its way to Calderdale on July 6 with the aim of festival to feature an array of exciting events and bring music of all kinds, outdoor spectacles, theatre, dance, literature, digital work, and visual arts to local and international audiences.

Funding is being made available from the National Lottery, local authorities and sponsorship.

Groups looking to hold events or spectacles and looking for funding are being advised to register their plans with Welcome to Yorkshire at www.yorkshire.com