Written by Tim Cook of Harrogate Informer.
As a lead-up event to the UCI Cycle Championships, Harrogate is hosting street theatre, a carnival parade and entertainments in the Valley Gardens on the 27 July 2019.
Friday 26 July 2019 at 8pm
Saurus on John Street and the Ginnel
Saturday 27 July 2019
Street Theatre – various locations in the town centre of Harrogate from 12:00 to 17:00
Carnival Parade – starting at the Cenotaph at 11am and taking in circuit of the centre of Harrogate before heading to Valley Gardens
Valley Gardens – Music, Food, entertainments, workshops, dance
Harrogate Town Centre Street Theatre – 27 July 2019
12:00 to 12:30 – Oxford Street, between McDonalds and Theatre13:30 to 14:00 – Cambridge Street/ John Street15:00 to 15:30 – Montpellier
12:30 to 13:00 – Montpellier14:00 to 14:30 – Oxford Street, between McDonalds and Theatre15:00 to 15:30 – Beulah Street
13:00 to 13:00 – Cambridge Street/ John Street14:30 to 15:00 – Cambridge Street/ John Street16:00 to 16:30 – Oxford Street, between McDonalds and Theatre
13:30 to 14:00 – Beulah Street15:00 to 15:30 – Oxford Street, between McDonalds and Theatre16:30 to 17:00 – Kings Road, between Stuzzis and Christies
Starting at 11am, the Carnival celebrations kick off with an opening parade featuring ensembles, music, and dance from around the world including street theatre and some of our local performers too. An explosion of colour and sound through the town.
Starting at the Cenotaph and heading towards McDonalds, Oxford Street, down Cambridge Street (past M&S, Boots etc) and then down Montpellier.
This will feature the below performers:
Sauras by Close-Act
TheatreBrass Band of 100 made up of local bands across the area
Leeds West Indian Carnival
Back Chat Brass
The Tanoura Dancer
Bombay Baja Brass
A Sweep of Swallows from A Bird in the Hand
Valley Gardens – 27 July
The celebrations continue all day in the Valley Gardens, and the Global Music Stage will be one of the main focal points of the day. Expect New Orleans meets 90’s club classics with Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, hip hop and Afrobeat from Têtes de Pois, Latin and Jamaican groove from Dennis Rollins, and Sambroso Sambroso recreate the irresistibly smooth sound of the Buena Vista Social Club Cuban grooves. Meanwhile the Leeds West Indian Carnival will bring DJs, dance and fabulous costumes alongside craft workshops for families to the Carnival stage, a spectacular Caribbean street party awaits.
The line-up features:
Mr Wilson’s Second Liners
Tete de Pois
Dennis Rollins’ FUNKY FUNK!
Sambroso presents Buena Vista Social Club
For the family
As this is a family-themed day, there is naturally a huge array of family- activities centred on mums, dads and kinds, with dance and craft workshops, storytelling, rides, walkabout street theatre and more across the gardens throughout the day.
Spray art graffiti
Carnival crafts and dance moves
Make and take carnival craft
Storytelling with animated objects
Here visitors can sit back and watch – or dig out their dancing shoes – to learn Egyptian Tandoura, Turkish Belly Dancing or Indian Dance from Annapurna Indian Dance Company.
The Tanoura Dance
Houriat Belly Dancing
Annapurna Indian Dance and workshop
Flag dancers throughout the day
Theatre of Food