Five weird and wonderful things to see at Yorkshire Festival 2016

The Yorkshire Festival returns from June 16-July 3, featuring 18 days of weird and wonderful events including music, dance, theatre, visual arts and outdoor performances to towns and cities across Yorkshire.

Here’s a look at five offbeat, unique and even downright weird events to see and experience at this year’s festival.

A musical in a chippy

A fish and chip shop may not seem like the most obvious location for a musical performance, but that’s not deterred the team behind #ChipShoptheMusical. Telling the story of Ayla, a shy teenager dreaming of a grime music career, and brass-loving chip shop owner Gram, the musical aims to celebrate traditional and emerging Yorkshire and British art and culture. If that’s not enough, the ticket price also includes a fish supper.

#ChipShoptheMusical, various venues, various dates, tickets £10/12 –

A phone call from a statue

If Leeds’ statues could speak, what would they say? For Talking Statues a range of celebrated writers and actors will be giving public statues across the city a voice. Simply pass one of the statues included in the event, swipe your phone on a sign and wait for a call from the figure of your choice.

Talking Statues, various venues, Leeds city centre, June 16 – July 3 –

The roar of a football crowd – in Millennium Square

Feel the atmosphere of a Leeds United match in a place you might not expect it with Invisible Flock. On April 30, the sounds of Leeds United’s last home match of the season at Elland Road were recorded using a variety of microphones positioned around the stadium catching both the sound and a spatial replica of the scale and location of the noise to create a unique 3D sound recording. The noise of the match will be brought to Millennium Square in an artwork which aims to encourage debate about identity, place and being part of a crowd.

Invisible Flock, Millennium Square, Leeds, June 23 –

A rocking rodeo

A unique take on the Wild West, The Raunch comes direct from London’s South Bank and features a range of cabaret stars performing to a disco-hoedown soundtrack. Expect a rocking rodeo night out complete with twerking, circus style performances and more.

The Raunch, Batley Frontier, 260 Bradford Rd, Batley, WF17 6JD, June 29-July 2, £10, 18+ –

A climbable art exhibition

The Brutalist Playground has been created by Turner Prize winner Assemble and artist Simon Terrill and looks at post-war playgrounds. It draws inspiration from a number of brutalist housing estates and also features a newly-commissioned element which takes its design from a playground on Sheffield’s iconic Park Hill Estate. It’s described as part sculpture, part architectural installation and all play.

The Brutalist Playground, S1 Artspace, 21-24 South Street, Sheffield, S2 5QX, June 17-July 3 –

Yorkshire Festival, June 16 – July 3.
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Main image: Welcome to Yorkshire.