One month to go!

By June 5, 2014

Uncategorized. Leeds.

[Photo: Graham Watson ‘Eyes on Le Tour de France’, Whitecloth Gallery]

It’s exactly one month today until the Tour De France Grand Départ from our very own city of Leeds! On July 5th, the 101st Tour de France, the world’s biggest annual sporting event, will begin in the North of England for the very first time.

On Saturday 5th, the athletes will cycle the first 190km, stage 1 of 21, beginning right here in Leeds and finishing in Harrogate. The cyclists will travel through Otley, Ilkley and Skipton before making their way to Harrogate.

Featured back in May on TSOTA, the Yorkshire Festival is the first ever arts festival to precede the event and runs for 100 days until 6th July.

Since the official countdown began back in March, the Festival has already seen a variety of events related to The Grand Départ 2014, including a number of free film screenings across the county (in indoor and spectacular outdoor locations), creative workshops, exhibitions and theatre.

With just a month to go, The State of the Arts is excited to still see an abundance of exciting events to watch, visit and get involved in. With all the events listed on our ‘Events’ pages, here are just a few things you can find around Leeds to get you in the spirit ready for The Grand Départ on July 5th


JUNE 14th

Opera: Götterdämmerung

Opera North premiere this new production as part of Yorkshire Festival 2014 – [More info]

JUNE 22nd

Theatre: Le Grand Voyage

Harrogate Theatre present an exceptional and unforgettable theatrical experience that puts participants into the heart of the Tour de France like no other, at The Hub – [More info]

JUNE 25th

Theatre: Bike Story: What’s Yours?

Free outdoor theatre show at West Yorkshire Playhouse written by award-winning Mike Kenny – [More info]


Exhibition: Yorkshire Festival Exhibition

at The Craft Centre & Design Gallery– [More info]


Exhibition: ‘Graham Watson: Eyes on le Tour de France’

at White Cloth Gallery – [More info]


Exhibition: ‘My Yorkshire’

at The Stanley & Audrey Gallery – [More info]

24th JUNE – 7th JULY

Exhibition: ‘Bicyclism’

at Leeds City Museum [More info]

JULY 2nd

Music: Tour de Proms.

Experience the very best of French and British classical music in the stunning setting of Leeds Town Hall to celebrate the opening of the Tour de France with a traditional, rousing prom concert. Orchestra of Opera North – [More info]

JULY 2nd

Film: Tour de Cinema.

Outdoor film screenings in Leeds’ Millennium Square between 11am – 2pm – [More info]

JULY 5th

Workshop: Make Your Own Souvenirs Workshop.

Whether it’s a postcard, a flag, a plate, cup or badge, there will be something for everyone to make as a memento of the day that the Tour de France departed from Leeds, at The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery. Suitable for all ages. –[More info]

JULY 5th

Le Grand DépartDay.

Join Otley Courthouse, open from 8am-6pm, for a day of music, dance, food, drink and coverage of the race – [More info]

JULY 5th – 19th

Theatre: ‘Beryl’.

West Yorkshire Playhouse present a stage adaptation of Maxine Peake’s Radio 4 play about cycling world champion Beryl Burton – [More info]


Visit The State of the Arts Events pages for a full range of events around Leeds this summer and for more information on Yorkshire Festival, visit and follow on Twitter @YFest2014

Don’t miss The Grand Départ on July 5th – follow the route at


Kate’s Pick:

Outdoor Screening of Jour de Fete, Leeds’ Millennium Square – July 2nd – FREE event!

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