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Tens of thousands enjoy jam-packed Yorkshire Festival

Fire Garden


Revellers can still sign up to hold their own Little Disco across Yorkshire and dance at the same time to a track which is currently being chosen by a public vote. Matt Burman, artistic director of Yorkshire Festival, said: "We're delighted at the fantastic response from audiences in their tens of thousands and across the whole county, to this year's Festival. The sense of community, of collaboration, of togetherness, has been wonderfully present. Our brilliant partners and our work together have allowed us to present incredible, significant world-class ambitious and international projects, and with two of our biggest and most stunning nights of the Festival still to come we're looking forward to a record breaking final weekend."


Nearly two weeks after it burst into life, more than 50,000 people have enjoyed the spectacular sights and sounds of the Yorkshire Festival.

As the UK’s newest international festival, the programme has brought more than 900 artists from 22 countries to Yorkshire for 18 days of world-class dance, arts, music and performance from June 16 to July 3.

So far, crowds of around 10,000 have descended on Hebden Bridge for Handmade Parade and Cardboardia, while 20,000 people were captivated by a magical fire garden created by Gallic alchemists, Cie Carabosse, in Harrogate’s Valley Gardens.

Chip shops across the county are also playing host to the sold-out #chipshopthemusical - a brand new show fusing UK grime and Yorkshire brass, complete with complimentary fish and chips – while East of the county, 10,000 tickets have been snapped up for the sold-out Place des Anges in Hull. The spectacle which will illuminate the city’s skyline on Saturday, July 2 with a blizzard of angelic feathers, giant cherubic inflatables, daredevil acrobats.

This Friday will see Leeds play host to the festival’s showpiece event, Big Disco, which will see thousands of people dancing beneath the world’s largest disco ball at Duke Studios.


4 Cardboardia at Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade
Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, added: “It’s fantastic to see so many people enjoying and supporting some of the world class acts that are part of the Yorkshire Festival. You still have chance to take part and enjoy the last few days of the festival – don’t miss out!”

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