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News Release – Issued by City of York Council

York trumpets its Yorkshire Festival 2014 acts

City of York Council is delighted to confirm two major arts commissions by Welcome to Yorkshire for York’s celebratory build-up to le Grand Départ: Tour de Brass concert and Bike Stories, a theatrical production inspired by peoples' cycling tales.

These commissions form part of the regional Yorkshire Festival 2014, and will also be woven into a local festival, details of which will be announced shortly by City of York Council.

Councillor Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “Tour de Brass is York’s celebration of the great Yorkshire tradition of brass bands, and the Bike Stories project will weave memories and tales from this, one of the UK’s longest-standing and most committed cycling cultures, into a touring production.

“Both will run during the 100-days Yorkshire Festival 2014 which is the first ever arts festival to precede the Grand Départ in its 111 year history. We’re delighted Tour de Brass and Bike Stories will be sounding loud and clear and will give everyone a chance to ‘Be part of it’ whether by sharing a story, or coming to listen to the bands.”

Kate Lock, Director of Brassed On York Ltd, said: “As the Grand Départ goes through the heartland of Yorkshire brass banding country and, as Yorkshire has the best brass bands in Britain, the phenomenal musical and artistic talent that resounds through this deep-rooted tradition will be heard loud and clear through the ‘Tour de Brass’. The festival will showcase Yorkshire’s bands and complement the Grand Départ, giving scope to demonstrate the resilient spirit and enduring qualities of brass music and for creative and original interpretation.”

The Tour de Brass weekend will be Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 June and will form part of the wider Brassed On York Festival which will run during June 2014. The Tour de Brass will include regional brass band concerts along the route of the Tour and a Yorkshire Brass Prom by the Black Dyke Band at York Barbican on Sunday 22 June.

Alan Dicks, Director of 509 Arts, said: “Most people use a bike at some point in their lives and almost everyone has a bike story. For some it is a passing affair, for others a lifelong passion. Bike Story is about people and their relationship to the bicycle: the ups and downs of cycling, the traumas as well as the triumphs. Playwrights Mike Kenny and Martin Riley will weave a selection of these stories into a very special outdoor production that will premier in York before visiting locations across the county, thrilling and entertaining audiences of all ages.”

People can start sharing their stories now at .

509 Arts ran the ‘My last car’ project as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.


Notes to Editors

• For further information on the Tour de France Grand Départ in York, please go to and
• Yorkshire Festival 2014 is the first ever arts festival to precede the Tour de France, the world’s biggest annual sporting event – see more at
• Nearly 50 events have been selected to be officially part of Yorkshire Festival 2014 which will also include hundreds of fringe events.
• Yorkshire Festival 2014 will run from 27 March to 6 July 2014
• Yorkshire Festival 2014 is backed by Welcome to Yorkshire, Yorkshire Water and the Arts Council England as well as Local Authorities across the county.
• Visit or Yorkshire Festival on Facebook or follow Yorkshire Festival 2014 on Twitter - YFest2014
• Details of venues and dates for regional brass band concerts will be posted at; tickets for Black Dyke cost £13.50 (£5 under 16s) and are available from York Barbican box office: 0844 854 2757 or online at
The council’s five key priorities for 2011-2015 are:
• Create jobs and grow the economy
• Get York moving
• Build strong communities
• Protect vulnerable people
• Protect the environment
The council’s cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism is Councillor Sonja Crisp on 07876 176931

For further information please contact:

Megan Rule
Communications Officer
City of York Council
Tel: 01904 552017
Fax: 01904 551064
Mob/out of hours: 07767318082