Bradford cyclists are being invited to take part in this summer’s Yorkshire Festival, celebrating the Tour de France coming to the district.

The first arts festival to accompany a Grand Depart of the Tour de France will bring music, dance, theatre, film and art activities to the region - and cyclists are being invited to bring their bikes along and be part of it.

The programme includes a wide range of events, including Ghost Peloton, a project by Phoenix Dance Theatre in partnership with Sustrans, in which 50 experienced cyclists are needed to wear specially-designed light suits for two live performances in Leeds.

Cyclists are also invited to deliver a yellow conductor’s baton to brass bands waiting to start their ‘Tour de Brass’ concert; share experiences of life on two wheels with Bike Story, which will form the basis of a new play touring Yorkshire during the festival and sending cycling photos to be part of a new exhibition, Bicyclism, at Leeds City Museum.

Tour de Force Bicycle Orchestra is callinig for donations of old bikes and parts to give them a new lease of life as a frame harp, handlebar trumpet, thumb piano or singing wheel!

Henrietta Duckworth, executive producer of Yorkshire Festival 2014, said: “The festival is a brilliant celebration of culture and cycling happening indoors and outdoors. If you’re already a cyclist, take part and get involved.”

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