One month to go to the Yorkshire Festival

With only a month to go until the start of the Yorkshire Festival, Yorkshire folk should start practicing their dance moves ready to play their part in creating the world’s biggest disco.

The world record attempt will take place across the county on Friday 1 July 2016 and requires mass disco participation! The Big Disco and Little Discos will help set a new world record for the number of people dancing to the same tune at the same time, to a song chosen by the public.

The main event will be the Big Disco, a street party under the world’s largest disco ball in Leeds from 3pm – 11pm on Friday 1 July 2016.  Tickets are available from link).

Even if people can’t get to the main event they can still take part.  Big Disco is encouraging everyone to host a Little Disco – from nurseries to nursing homes, pubs, community groups and schools – it’s time to get Yorkshire dancing!

At 7.20pm on 1 July 2016 Little Discos across the region will also dance to the chosen track. To be part of it register your Little Disco, place your party on the map and request a DIY kit at link) or email  You can also follow @The_BigDisco on Twitter with the hashtag #bigdisco(external link).

The Big Disco is just one of the events in this year’s Yorkshire Festival, which will take place from 16 June – 3 July 2016.  With a full programme of events to tempt residents and visitors alike, the festival is a great celebration of the county’s art and culture. It will include commissioned and independently produced events embracing all art forms. 

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Steve Sweeney said: 

“What I love about the Yorkshire Festival is that it offers everyone the chance to get involved.  There’s such a diverse range of activities and events on offer, it’s a real celebration of the creative spirit in our region.” 

Other highlights which will be hosted in Calderdale during the Yorkshire Festival are: 

Handmade Parade and Cardbordia – this year’s parade, which will take place on 26 June 2016, will include an international dimension when a Russian-based arts organisation will open the first Cardbordia Embassy in Hebden Bridge in the build up to the Parade.  As ever, there will be plenty of opportunities for people to get involved. 

IOU Theatre’s Future/Past – from its base in Calderdale, IOU will be celebrating 40 years of working in the UK and across the globe this summer, and will be moving to a new creation space at Dean Clough. The performances will pay tribute to the creativity of their local community with a free show in Halifax, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden. Keep an eye on link) for further details nearer the time. 

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival – Yorkshire Festival, working with Hebden Bridge Arts Festival is supporting a number of new initiatives.  Look out for Recorded Delivery (artist and postman, Kevin Boniface’s response to his travels in Yorkshire culminating in Hebden Bridge); A Hark and a Hacksaw – ballads and instrumentals at the Trade Club and pop-up events on the streets. Hebden Bridge Arts Festival will be held from 24 June – 3 July 2016.

To find out more about what’s happening in Calderdale pick up a festival brochure from your local tourist information office or go to link)

You can get more information about all the Yorkshire Festival from the dedicated website link), by ‘liking’ the Yorkshire Festival page on Facebook or by following Yorkshire Festival 2016 on Twitter – @YorkshireFest.

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