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Celebrating Rio with a Carnival of Flowers

Floral carnival costume

A spectacular carnival tribute to the forthcoming Rio games is to go on display at Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

It's believed to be the first ever carnival costume made from fresh flowers and foliage - and visitors to the show will be able to see it from tomorrow until April 24th.

The 12ft by 12ft work of art will form part of Britain's biggest exhibition of floristry and flower arranging. It's been created by international carnival designer Hughbon Condor and award-winning florist Helen James, with the support of funding from Arts Council.

The costume contains more than 30 metres of aluminium tubing and fibreglass rods, and over 1,400 fresh flowers and pieces of plant material, taking a staggering 155 hours to complete.

Up to 60,000 visitors are expected at the flower show, which will also feature large scale exhibits from floristry colleges across the region, who will be celebrating the forthcoming games in Brazil with the theme Carnival Rio Style.

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Celebrations start for 200th anniversary of Charlotte Bronte's birth

Members of the Bronte Society celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Bronte on the Terrace of the House of Commons.

The gathering marked the start of a five-year programme to highlight the bicentenaries of the births of each of the Bronte siblings.

Charlotte’s is the first birth to be celebrated this Thursday, with Branwell to follow in 2017, Emily in 2018 and Anne in 2020.

Celebrations to mark Charlotte’s birthday will take place around the world on April 21st. The primary focus will be on Haworth itself which will host a full day of community-led activities.

We at the Bronte Society have been planning these events for a number of years now. We are very excited to see the Bronte 200 launch on Thursday 21st April with a day of activities in Haworth, followed by a commemorative service in Westminster the following day. It was wonderful to come to the Houses of Parliament and help start the celebrations.

– John Thirlwell, Chair of the Bronte Society Council

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Lead developer appointed for Hull New Theatre refurbishment

Esteem Consortium has been appointed as the lead developer for the full design and refurbishment of Hull New Theatre.

Artist's impression of how the theatre will look after the renovation work

We are delighted that the full refurbishment works can now get underway at the theatre and I am confident that Esteem will be able to deliver a high-quality finish on one of the city’s key cultural venues.

The renovation of Hull New Theatre is critical to ensuring that Hull secures a lasting legacy from its year as UK City of Culture 2017 and this investment is part of our long-term plan to regenerate our economy, securing lasting benefits for the people of Hull and the region.

– Cllr Stephen Brady

Last month the Chancellor announced £5m would be given towards the project to ensure the works can be completed in 2017.

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