Cultural festival to launch the big race

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Artists from Sheffield can help showcase the culture of the county to the world before it plays host to the Tour de France next year .

Cultural and community organisations are also being urged to get involved with a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ festival that will be held before the race begins in Yorkshire.

A series of events are taking place to encourage people to get involved with the 100-day festival, which is being held for the first time.

Maria Bota, artistic director of the festival, said: “This is a chance for artists, arts organisations and creative industries to come along and find out how to get involved in making some once-in-a-lifetime moments.

“We are looking to create a cultural festival that will welcome the world to Yorkshire with all kinds of artistic activity that is engaging and accessible, challenging and thought-provoking.”

Arts Council England has provided £1 million of funding towards the festival.

The Tour de France Grand Départ in Yorkshire starts in Leeds on July 5, 2014 then makes its way through Yorkshire, calling in at Sheffield on July 6.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “We want talented and inspirational people to turn Yorkshire into a Tour de France cultural spectacle in the run-up to the world’s biggest sporting event.”

People can find out more about the cultural festival, and how to get involved, with an event in Sheffield on Friday, September 6.

It takes place at the University of Sheffield from 10am to 12pm.

To register for the event visit http://industry.yorkshire.com/industry-events/cultural-festival-gathering.