York unveils highlights of Tour de France festival

York to turn yellow for Tour de France

York to turn yellow for Tour de France

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YORK is preparing to paint the city yellow after unveiling highlights of its own local festival to celebrate Le Grand Départ.

In the countdown to the Tour de France coming to the region, the city is to host York: Be Part Of It, which should see the streets festooned in flags and banners.

Residents are also being encouraged to let their hair down by organising their own street ‘départies’ in York.

City of York Council is teaming up with Visit York to stage what is billed as the world’s first festival of arts and culture in the build up to the big event.

Kate McMullen, head of Visit York, said: “Le Grand Départ of the Tour de France is not only a superb event for visitors to experience but it also shines the world’s spotlight on our city and region as a top-class venue for cycling. “Not only that, the Cultural Festival is already creating a huge sense of excitement around the event, offering both visitors and residents lots of new activities to join in and celebrate this prestigious occasion for York and Yorkshire.”

The events are being staged as part of the Yorkshire Festival 2014 and will have an unmistakable York flavour.

One of the events is a planting programme to make the whole city bask in a stunning display of yellow and gold.

Guidance will be available to local gardeners and starter seed packs are being given for local community groups and schools, and as reported, budding artists from York Learning adult education classes, schools and residential homes are also helping to create a 500-metre cycling-themed painting.

This aim is to create a spectacular image involving 500 individual works of arts that can be viewed from the sky.

Nunnington Hall will form the backdrop for a Tour de Cinema celebrating Yorkshire in film.

The 100-day extravaganza leading up to the July 6 will also feature community projects, performing arts, poetry, music, street theatre, festivals, and other events.

Go to www.york.gov.uk/tourdefrance for a full list of York events or www.yorkshirefestival.co.uk for full list of Yorkshire regional events.

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10:55am Sat 24 May 14

nearlyman says...

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11:10am Sat 24 May 14

mitch2nd says...

Totally agree boooorrring cant wait for it to end fed up of hearing about it, we have enough problems in York with bikes and traffic problems, I know lets add to it, more bikes and more traffic problems
Totally agree boooorrring cant wait for it to end fed up of hearing about it, we have enough problems in York with bikes and traffic problems, I know lets add to it, more bikes and more traffic problems mitch2nd
  • Score: -19

11:28am Sat 24 May 14

Blimp says...

Hey... it might be good, it might be a pain but at least it's something different. The party poopers can all be happy when it's over (or will they just sulk waiting for the next thing to moan about?). In the meantime...

Brilliant, love it! More please.
Hey... it might be good, it might be a pain but at least it's something different. The party poopers can all be happy when it's over (or will they just sulk waiting for the next thing to moan about?). In the meantime... Brilliant, love it! More please. Blimp
  • Score: 36

11:33am Sat 24 May 14

yorkandproud says...

nearlyman wrote:
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That's it nearlyman , you sleep your life away while some of us have a great time watching an event that you will never see again in York in our lifetime. You only live once mate. I'll be there.
[quote][p][bold]nearlyman[/bold] wrote: ...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzz......[/p][/quote]That's it nearlyman , you sleep your life away while some of us have a great time watching an event that you will never see again in York in our lifetime. You only live once mate. I'll be there. yorkandproud
  • Score: 37

11:48am Sat 24 May 14

Yorkieand says...

yorkandproud wrote:
nearlyman wrote:
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That's it nearlyman , you sleep your life away while some of us have a great time watching an event that you will never see again in York in our lifetime. You only live once mate. I'll be there.
Well said yorkandproud.

Why oh why do we have these utterly miserable people in out city? I just feel so sad for their families. Fancy living with people like that. Maybe we should send them to Syria or Ukraine so that their misery will be justified.
[quote][p][bold]yorkandproud[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nearlyman[/bold] wrote: ...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzz......[/p][/quote]That's it nearlyman , you sleep your life away while some of us have a great time watching an event that you will never see again in York in our lifetime. You only live once mate. I'll be there.[/p][/quote]Well said yorkandproud. Why oh why do we have these utterly miserable people in out city? I just feel so sad for their families. Fancy living with people like that. Maybe we should send them to Syria or Ukraine so that their misery will be justified. Yorkieand
  • Score: 29

11:58am Sat 24 May 14

marvell says...

Firstly, the link just takes you to the general site not specifically a list of events and the last thing you want to see when you eventually get on the events page is the pug faced Sonja Crisp.
Firstly, the link just takes you to the general site not specifically a list of events and the last thing you want to see when you eventually get on the events page is the pug faced Sonja Crisp. marvell
  • Score: -25

1:16pm Sat 24 May 14

nearlyman says...

Yorkieand wrote:
yorkandproud wrote:
nearlyman wrote:
...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz



zzzzzzzzzzzzzz......
That's it nearlyman , you sleep your life away while some of us have a great time watching an event that you will never see again in York in our lifetime. You only live once mate. I'll be there.
Well said yorkandproud.

Why oh why do we have these utterly miserable people in out city? I just feel so sad for their families. Fancy living with people like that. Maybe we should send them to Syria or Ukraine so that their misery will be justified.
Er...because I was born here !! But I can assure you I am one of the happiest people you could ever hope to meet......I would probably out happy you !! What bores me is the blatant commercial aspect of the event. It is all about some people making an awful lot of money....why else would a French race turn up in York albeit for just a few hours. Just enough time I suppose to rake in a bit more cash and provide a few more jollies for the higher beings than us mere peasants or should I say cash cows. My Joie de Vivre is not dependent on the filfthy lucre !! Of coures I will take a peek at events as they take place, but i have better, more deserving things to throw my cash at.
[quote][p][bold]Yorkieand[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yorkandproud[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nearlyman[/bold] wrote: ...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzz......[/p][/quote]That's it nearlyman , you sleep your life away while some of us have a great time watching an event that you will never see again in York in our lifetime. You only live once mate. I'll be there.[/p][/quote]Well said yorkandproud. Why oh why do we have these utterly miserable people in out city? I just feel so sad for their families. Fancy living with people like that. Maybe we should send them to Syria or Ukraine so that their misery will be justified.[/p][/quote]Er...because I was born here !! But I can assure you I am one of the happiest people you could ever hope to meet......I would probably out happy you !! What bores me is the blatant commercial aspect of the event. It is all about some people making an awful lot of money....why else would a French race turn up in York albeit for just a few hours. Just enough time I suppose to rake in a bit more cash and provide a few more jollies for the higher beings than us mere peasants or should I say cash cows. My Joie de Vivre is not dependent on the filfthy lucre !! Of coures I will take a peek at events as they take place, but i have better, more deserving things to throw my cash at. nearlyman
  • Score: -44

2:21pm Sat 24 May 14

Older Sometimes Wiser says...

"This aim is to create a spectacular image involving 500 individual works of arts that can be viewed from the sky."
And just how are we supposed to elevate ourselves above the City in order to appreciate this Yellow & Gold garden wonderland?
"This aim is to create a spectacular image involving 500 individual works of arts that can be viewed from the sky." And just how are we supposed to elevate ourselves above the City in order to appreciate this Yellow & Gold garden wonderland? Older Sometimes Wiser
  • Score: -40

7:32pm Sat 24 May 14

notpedallingpaul says...

Yorkieand wrote:
yorkandproud wrote:
nearlyman wrote:
...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz



zzzzzzzzzzzzzz......
That's it nearlyman , you sleep your life away while some of us have a great time watching an event that you will never see again in York in our lifetime. You only live once mate. I'll be there.
Well said yorkandproud.

Why oh why do we have these utterly miserable people in out city? I just feel so sad for their families. Fancy living with people like that. Maybe we should send them to Syria or Ukraine so that their misery will be justified.
Yes I'm so ecstatic about it that I will miss it completely, it's a real shame but hey ho, hope you enjoy it.
[quote][p][bold]Yorkieand[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yorkandproud[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nearlyman[/bold] wrote: ...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzz......[/p][/quote]That's it nearlyman , you sleep your life away while some of us have a great time watching an event that you will never see again in York in our lifetime. You only live once mate. I'll be there.[/p][/quote]Well said yorkandproud. Why oh why do we have these utterly miserable people in out city? I just feel so sad for their families. Fancy living with people like that. Maybe we should send them to Syria or Ukraine so that their misery will be justified.[/p][/quote]Yes I'm so ecstatic about it that I will miss it completely, it's a real shame but hey ho, hope you enjoy it. notpedallingpaul
  • Score: -69

9:18pm Sat 24 May 14

mortandindi says...

what a load of bloody rubbish !!!!!
what a load of bloody rubbish !!!!! mortandindi
  • Score: -85

10:43pm Sat 24 May 14

Magicman! says...

Older Sometimes Wiser wrote:
"This aim is to create a spectacular image involving 500 individual works of arts that can be viewed from the sky."
And just how are we supposed to elevate ourselves above the City in order to appreciate this Yellow & Gold garden wonderland?
Maybe the council are commissioning Bing or Google to fly a plane overhead, so their satellite imagery is updated to reflect this... then everytime you look at York on those sites, all the yellow can be seen.

I might be wrong, but it's an idea.
[quote][p][bold]Older Sometimes Wiser[/bold] wrote: "This aim is to create a spectacular image involving 500 individual works of arts that can be viewed from the sky." And just how are we supposed to elevate ourselves above the City in order to appreciate this Yellow & Gold garden wonderland?[/p][/quote]Maybe the council are commissioning Bing or Google to fly a plane overhead, so their satellite imagery is updated to reflect this... then everytime you look at York on those sites, all the yellow can be seen. I might be wrong, but it's an idea. Magicman!
  • Score: 2

2:01pm Sun 25 May 14

nottoooldtocare says...

Sorry to all the enthusiasts, but I can't see what all the fuss and excitement is about. As I can see is chaos and grid lock throughout North Yorkshire for a fleeting glimpse of a group of cyclists following strict orders on who does what and when. Not exactly the same as a marathon, triathlon or the like is it? They even bring their own food and spares etc, I just can't see how we can make the vast sums of money out of this given the cost of road closures, Policing and the like. I will enjoy the peace and tranquillity of my back garden for the day. :)
Sorry to all the enthusiasts, but I can't see what all the fuss and excitement is about. As I can see is chaos and grid lock throughout North Yorkshire for a fleeting glimpse of a group of cyclists following strict orders on who does what and when. Not exactly the same as a marathon, triathlon or the like is it? They even bring their own food and spares etc, I just can't see how we can make the vast sums of money out of this given the cost of road closures, Policing and the like. I will enjoy the peace and tranquillity of my back garden for the day. :) nottoooldtocare
  • Score: -56

3:05pm Sun 25 May 14

york_chap says...

I notice this load of blather is publicised here just as an article appears on the same page about the caravan club pulling out of involvement with the camp site.

A pretty clear case of "Quick, get something, anything, positive-sounding out there to hide the problems we're already having 2 months before the event even happens". What hope is there of this event running smoothly with CYC involved?

I'm not a fan of the TDF, but I know quite a few people are and it's a shame for them that it's CYC who are 'organising' most of the arrangements.
I notice this load of blather is publicised here just as an article appears on the same page about the caravan club pulling out of involvement with the camp site. A pretty clear case of "Quick, get something, anything, positive-sounding out there to hide the problems we're already having 2 months before the event even happens". What hope is there of this event running smoothly with CYC involved? I'm not a fan of the TDF, but I know quite a few people are and it's a shame for them that it's CYC who are 'organising' most of the arrangements. york_chap
  • Score: -61

5:11pm Sun 25 May 14

piaggio1 says...

Dunno bout anyone else... but I find some of the so called.....events?
A tad taccy.n odd. Owr to do with a pushbike n they try n turn it into a dubious link to the tour...bit cringe worthy me thinks.
Dunno bout anyone else... but I find some of the so called.....events? A tad taccy.n odd. Owr to do with a pushbike n they try n turn it into a dubious link to the tour...bit cringe worthy me thinks. piaggio1
  • Score: -69

6:17pm Sun 25 May 14

jay, york says...

piaggio1 wrote:
Dunno bout anyone else... but I find some of the so called.....events? A tad taccy.n odd. Owr to do with a pushbike n they try n turn it into a dubious link to the tour...bit cringe worthy me thinks.
Me too. Sounds just like cyc though - a bit tacky and odd. They will try and turn anything into a link to the tour, whether its related to a pushbike or not. At least the caravan club had the good sense to realise this before committing themselves to being used by cyc for their own agenda.
[quote][p][bold]piaggio1[/bold] wrote: Dunno bout anyone else... but I find some of the so called.....events? A tad taccy.n odd. Owr to do with a pushbike n they try n turn it into a dubious link to the tour...bit cringe worthy me thinks.[/p][/quote]Me too. Sounds just like cyc though - a bit tacky and odd. They will try and turn anything into a link to the tour, whether its related to a pushbike or not. At least the caravan club had the good sense to realise this before committing themselves to being used by cyc for their own agenda. jay, york
  • Score: -60

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