Yorkshire Festival 2016: What to see
The world's largest disco ball joins a programme of acrobatic theatre shows, River Nile-inspired music, a garden within a garden, a fire garden, street parties and more for Yorkshire Festival.
Promising an ambitious 18 days of music, dance, theatre, visual art, outdoor performances and more from across the globe, there’s a lot to fit in at Yorkshire Festival, which runs from 16 June to 3 July.
Here’s our guide to the don’t-miss events at Yorkshire Festival 2016.
Anyone who was at 2014’s Bestival will be au fait with the notion of a giant suspended mirror ball – the world’s largest, in fact, and the same height as a three-storey house, or two T-Rex dinosaurs. The very same one makes its way northwards this summer, not only giving Yorkshire a cut of the D-I-S-C-O action, but also, hopefully, setting a new world record with Big Disco, as thousands dance simultaneously to a specially chosen track both under the disco ball itself at Duke Studios in Leeds and at parties across Yorkshire.
1 July, Duke Studios, Leeds
18 June, The Alhambra, Bradford
29 June – 2 July, Batley Frontier
Garden Within a Garden
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A Machine They’re Secretly Building
Proto-type Theater present the curiously titled A Machine They’re Secretly Building, venting their frustration at the relentless machine of surveillance through original text, classified intelligence documents, film content by digital artist Adam York Gregory and music and sound design by Paul J. Rogers.
18-20 June, The Civic, Barnsley / Hub, Leeds / Lawrence Batley Theatre,
[Photo: Proto-type and Adam York Gregory]
Harrogate may have a strong history in the ol’ water trade, but this summer the spa town moves on to another of the elements with a magical, sensory Fire Garden created by French company Carabosse. They will transform the beautiful Harrogate Valley Gardens into a world of blazing landscapes, musicians, metal-workers and storytellers.
23-25 June, Harrogate Valley Gardens
Opera for the Unknown Woman
Billed as a ‘bold re-imagining of the operatic form’, Opera for the Unknown Woman is written, directed and co-composed by award-winning sound artist Melanie Wilson, who’s teamed up with Polish composer Katarina Glowicka to weave theatre, contemporary classical music, electronics and film into a sci-fi multimedia opera.
22-24 June, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
Throughout the festival there’s also a dedicated programme of free and engaging outdoor performances – street arts, if you will – which includes a carnival-style street party in Holmfirth, a dance-based tribute to Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire from Stopgap Dance Company, live music from Big Licks Brass Band, a rolling acrobatic theatre show, and a strange man who’ll wander through the crowds, whose leg appears to be smoking…
Place des Anges
The festival closes with a fittingly spectacular finale in