There’s more to Le Tour in Leeds as events guide launches

Caption: Cllr Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills and dancers from the Pop Up West Indian Carnival who will be performing in Leeds on Saturday 5 July.

A new guide has been produced detailing all of the events happening in Leeds around the start of the Tour de France next month.

Leeds City Council has produced a new leaflet entitled ‘There’s more to Le Tour’ detailing 48 events happening around the city in the week leading up to the Grand Départ of the world’s largest annual sporting event on Saturday 5 July.

‘There’s more to Le Tour’ will be available to pick up across the city in leaflet form and will also be hosted online at www.granddepartleeds.co.uk/events from later this week. The guide features 48 top events which will be happening in the city centre and further afield on the week leading up to the Tour de France. The digital map will host all these events and all the other events that the council are made aware of on the lead up to the race.

From lunchtime concerts to theatrical performances, and cycling themed events, Leeds will be brought to life via a variety of street acts, and other forms of entertainment on the day and in the week preceding the event.

The Pop Up Carnival will be performing in the city centre after the elite riders leave the start line. The procession will feature jaw dropping creations and infectious tropical beats culminating on Briggate with high energy dance moves, joyful steel pan tunes and live calypso melodies to continue the carnival atmosphere.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

“The new events guide and digital presence is fantastic and really captures the essence and excitement that is growing in the city around the Tour de France.

“The printed map contains a wide range of information about what will be happening in the city, but will also act as the perfect memento of this once in a lifetime event.

“Leeds will be a fantastic place to be for the race, and there is a huge programme of events that will be happening throughout the city even after the race departs – what better day to be in Leeds than Saturday 5 July – we really are looking forward to welcoming the world."

Arthur France MBE,founder and chairperson for Leeds West Indian Carnival said:

“We are delighted that Pop Up Carnival will showcase Leeds as the home of Europe’s first Caribbean Carnival to the thousands attending the Grand Départ and potentially millions watching across the world. Having the Tour de France start right here in Yorkshire is simply fantastic. This is an amazing opportunity for Leeds Carnival to bring a wow factor and to champion Leeds as the wonderfully diverse and artistically vibrant city we are so proud of.”

For further information contact

Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council communications team


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