New festival for historic Ripon Cathedral

Four of the artists from the Northern Potters Association involved with the ceramic roses project in the Ripon Cathedral Revealed Festival, including Helen Graham, of Ripon, and Lucy Oldroyd, of Knaresborough.

Four of the artists from the Northern Potters Association involved with the ceramic roses project in the Ripon Cathedral Revealed Festival, including Helen Graham, of Ripon, and Lucy Oldroyd, of Knaresborough.

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An exciting and groundbreaking five-day festival is to be launched inspired by and centre on historic Ripon Cathedral.

The new event, called Ripon Cathedral Revealed Festival, aims to celebrate not just this historic site’s role in the city but also local talent in a variety of arts, crafts, food and drink and more.

Its theme will be the white rose of Yorkshire and, to that end, there will be an iconic art installation in the cathedral itself of scores of white ceramic roses created by local artists.

Running from April 29 to May 2, The Dean of Ripon, the Very Reverend John Dobson said he was looking forward to five action-packed days.

“The festival will sees to celebrate the many talented people who contribute to the life of the cathedral and so help to enhance the lives of tens of thousands of visitors each year.”

Sponsored by CNG of Harrogate, the programme of is full and wide-ranging.

There will be a food festival, a beer festival, 20 floral displays created by the Ripon Flower Guild, embroidery workshops, a video about a year in the life of the cathedral, bell tower tours, musical recitals, concerts, readings from the Bible, a Festival Songs of Praise, the Bishop of Leeds being interviewed by Duncan Wood of Calendar News, a pop-up café, children’s activities and much more.

As for the emblamatic ceramic roses, they are are the work of six ceramic artists in the Northern Potters Association who include Helen Graham, who lives close to Ripon Cathedral, and Lucy Oldroyd from Knaresborough.

The dramatic centrepiece of the white roses installation will be a silver birch tree, supplied by Thorpe Trees to be placed in the nave of Ripon Cathedral.

The festival will be launched with a preview evening on Thursday, April 28 with live jazz music and a talk by well-known gardener and writer Martin Fish.

www.riponcathedral.info/revealed