Celebrating Harrogate on the world stage

Harrogate Theatre will collaborate with key cultural and tourism partners to deliver a world festival and more in Harrogate this summer, ahead of the UCI cycling championships later this year.

In order to celebrate Harrogate on the international stage, a world carnival will take place with music and dance events, food zones and carnival floats, plus lighting installations and projections will light up the skies across the region.

Funding to the value of £300,000 has been designated and approved by Harrogate Borough Council for a ‘cultural activity package’ ahead of the championships. The money will be shared between Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate International Festivals, Harrogate Convention Centre, and Visit Harrogate with funds allocated to specific areas and initiatives.

Harrogate Theatre’s role is overall project engagement and the team will also tackle an ambitious interactive augmented reality project for delivery across the borough. Harrogate Theatre is also hoping to harness its position as a National Portfolio Organisation and cultural innovator to attract an additional £100,000 from Arts Council England to further boost the project.

Harrogate Theatre Chief Executive David Bown said “This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase Harrogate on the world stage. As a leading cultural player in the town we’re really excited about bringing our expertise to the table and working with the other delivery partners to create something quite spectacular.

This is a significant addition to our already busy 2019 programme at Harrogate Theatre. However, we’re extremely proud of the town we serve and we welcome this opportunity to show it off. We are a small yet hugely talented and hardworking team and I have no doubt we’ll do Harrogate proud.”


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