Sheffield gets share of £1m for Tour De France arts festival

Bradley Wiggins leads the Tour De France last year
Bradley Wiggins leads the Tour De France last year
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Sheffield is receiving a share of £1 million for a Yorkshire-wide arts and cultural festival as the Tour De France’s Grand Depart passes through the city.

Tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire is now seeking ideas from members of the public about what displays could be organised.

Starting at the end of March, the festival aims to ‘showcase Yorkshire as a creative county’ in the 100 days before the start of the Tour de France 2014.

The Grand Depart is due to pass through Sheffield on July 6 next year.

The £1 million has been granted by the Arts Council and Welcome to Yorkshire are hoping to find additional funds so it has a £2 million budget in total.

Announcing the festival, Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “We are delighted to have secured funding to deliver an ambitious programme of events to celebrate the arrival of the Tour de France in Yorkshire.

“It will be a fantastic opportunity for the whole county to share in the excitement and interest that will be building in the run-up to the 2014 Tour de France, helping to put Yorkshire on the map for millions of people months before the riders arrive.”

■ Visit to register suggestions for the arts and cultural festival. Full story see The Star tomorrow.