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Friday, 22 April 2016

Harrogate set to ignite festival spirit with fire displays

Plans are under way to transform Harrogate with a three-night fire spectacle.

Organisers say the Fire Garden in Valley Gardens will be a magical experience with a flaming display of sculptures and installations on a grand scale.

Flaming flower-pots, cast iron sculpture and resonating music will entice audiences through the blazing landscape. This ‘fairground of fire’ aims to spark imaginations and is delivered by French street arts company, Cie Carabosse.

The event is the centrepiece of Harrogate International Festivals’ 50th anniversary celebrations and part of this year's Yorkshire Festival.

Sharon Canavar, chief executive of Harrogate International Festivals, said: “We hope it’s a once in a lifetime experience.

"Valley Gardens is the most sumptuous and magical of settings, to set it ablaze with these installations promises an awe-inspiring atmosphere and an experience to remember. We’re really excited to be delivering the event thanks to the help of Harrogate Borough Council, who have had the vision and commitment to help make this happen.”

Yorkshire Festival 2016, the UK’s newest international festival which runs from June 16 until 3 July, is jointly commissioning the spectacle and is promising world premieres and UK exclusives with spectacular outdoor performances as well as music, theatre, arts and dance from theatres to clubs.

Artistic director Matt Burman said: “We are thrilled to be delivering Cie Carabosse in partnership with Harrogate International Festivals.”

The blazing garden is being billed as a sensational opening to the 50th anniversary year of Harrogate International Festivals, which also sees special one-off concerts from Van Morrison and Manchester Camerata in June.

The month-long Harrogate Music Festival then takes place throughout July, featuring world-class musicians including the John Wilson Orchestra, Sir Willard White, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and lauded folk sensation, The Unthanks.

It also delivers two major literature festivals: the world’s biggest celebration of crime fiction, the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival and the boutique festival for book lovers, the Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival.

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