Music, films, lights and action will encourage residents to embrace the spirit of the Tour de France in Sheffield this weekend.
Free fun – including a bicycle-powered printing press making commemorative posters outside Sheffield Town Hall today - is lined up to kick off the Yorkshire Festival arts event.
A feast of films and documentaries themed around two wheels is being held at The University of Sheffield in a partnership with Sheffield Doc/Fest over the weekend.
Families can also decorate a countdown clock which will go on show at the Winter Gardens, and customise or repair their bikes at workshops in Barker’s Pool on Sunday.
Coun Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure at Sheffield Council, said: “The Tour de France will put the spotlight firmly on Sheffield.
“The festival will see a diverse range of cultural activity taking place and provide opportunities for people to get involved and be part of the excitement around this once-in-a-lifetime event.”
One project as part of the Yorkshire Festival turned Sheffield’s fountains yellow.
It was hoped the dye could last for up to two weeks but yesterday the hue had faded.
Richmond resident Mark Hope, who was hoping to see the yellow fountains, said: “I just thought it was typical of Sheffield, we’ve got the Tour de France and we can’t even get the water to stay yellow.”
Artist Terry Wragg, one of the project organisers, said the fading was most likely due to the council putting chlorine back in the water.
She added: “We said all along that it was experimental and anything could happen. It is shortlived but it was for one day just to show this is the start of the countdown.”
South Yorkshire choir Albion will lead a performance of traditional British songs at the Millenium Gallery on Sunday from 6.30pm. In total 90 singers from 11 groups are taking part.
Musical director Fraser Wilson said: “This has never been done before, and the thrilling thing is we are breaking new ground. “
Free tickets are still available at www.sheffieldchoralcelebration.eventbrite.co.uk