Tour de France preparations come to Brighouse

It’s less than a year to go until the Grand Départ of the Tour de France which will make its way to Calderdale on July 6, 2014.

Planning is already underway not just for the race, but also for the ambitious 100-day cultural festival, which kicks off on March 27, 2014, leading up to the Grand Départ.

It’s set to showcase the best of Yorkshire’s art and culture. An array of exciting events will bring music of all kinds, outdoor spectacles, theatre, dance, literature, digital work, installations and visual arts to local and international audiences.

A free bite-sized information session will be held at the Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse, on Tuesday, 5pm-6pm, for people to come and find out what the cultural festival means for the area, how people can get involved, tips on making the most of the festival opportunities including marketing, raising profile and audience development, and how to keep up-to-date with what’s happening over the next few months.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Councillor Steve Sweeney, said: “Anyone who has seen the images of this year’s Le Tour can’t fail to be excited by this spectacle. The Yorkshire Grand Départ will also bring the region to life, and will celebrate the richness and creativity of our county. We want you and Calderdale to be at the heart of that. Having reclaimed a part of Nice as Cragg Vale corner, the French connection starts from now! We encourage local groups to come to our information sessions to find out what amazing opportunities there are, and to help them plan how they can get involved.”