Tour de France Grand Départ Cultural Festival 2014

Dear Voluntary and Community groups,

The Tour de France is the world’s largest annual sporting event. Next year, the Grand Départ (opening days) comes to Yorkshire. This will be the first time a Cultural Festival will run prior to and alongside the event – a fantastic opportunity for Yorkshire to showcase to the world the wealth of culture on offer in our fine county.

The Festival itself will run from 27 March – 6 July 2014, the start day being the 100 day milestone until the Tour arrives in Yorkshire. The route runs from Leeds to Harrogate on 5th July and from York to Sheffield on 6th July.

The Grand Départ Cultural Festival team is inviting artists, arts organisations and members of the creative industries to respond to the Festival’s creative vision. Proposals can include any type of artistic activity, such as the use of visual arts, light, sound, projections, music, performing and live arts, written and spoken word.

Although the race itself will not pass through Hull, there is an expectation that many participants and spectators will arrive in and depart from Hull so this is a fantastic opportunity for local artists to get involved!

Opportunities include:

Major Commissions – around four major commissions across the county designed to create high impact memorable once in a lifetime experiences, demonstrate excellent artistic quality and high levels of ambition with national/international significance and the potential for broadcast opportunities and reach lots of people with all parts or significant elements free to access. Awards of £150,000-£300,000 available.

Animation of the Route Commissions – around four commissions which facilitate and coordinate high impact memorable arts experiences along the tour route. Awards of £100,000-£150,000 available.

Community Commissions – around twenty community commissions across the county which facilitate high quality community-centred arts activity which responds to the Grand Depart. Awards of £5,000-£10,000 available.

Peloton Programme events – around twenty new productions or premieres across the county within your organisation’s existing programme during the 100 days of the festival. These events will receive high profile print and online marketing and major public relations support, not direct financial support.

Sportive Programme events – unlimited number of events as part of existing arts programming across the 100 days. Projects will receive online marketing profile.

If you are planning to apply to either the Major Commissions or the Animation of the Route Commissions, you need to email Jenny Rose at to arrange an informal discussion with Festival Director Maria Bota before submitting your application.

You are welcome to submit more than one proposal.

Please note the deadline for proposals for all commissions and the Peloton prgramme is 5pm on Monday 14th October (by email only).

There is no deadline for events to be submitted to the Sportive programme.

To find out more and download the application form and further information, please visit

For general enquiries you can contact Jenny Rose on 0113 322 3500 or

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