Hull UK City of Culture 2017

Hull, having been named the UK City of Culture 2017, has revealed its 365 day programme of cultural events and creativity which will begin on 1st January.

Divided into four seasons, the celebration will draw on artists, writers, directors, musicians, revolutionaries and thinkers who were born in or live in Hull that have made a significant contribution to the development of art and ideas.

Each of the four seasons will have a particular theme connected to the city and its place in the world: Made in Hull (January – March); Roots & Routes (April – June); Freedom (July – September); and Tell the World (October – December).

City of Culture events will begin on 1st January with an opening event over seven days, called Made in Hull.

Staged across the city centre, Made in Hull will feature large-scale projections and illumination onto buildings and the historic skyline, moving images and live performance, to tell the story of the last 70 years of the city’s life.

Throughout the year

A number of highlights will take place in Hull throughout the year. These include 2097: We Made Ourselves Over, a new multi-platform city-wide installation that reimagines Hull in the future, and Flood, a project mixing live performance, special effects and digital elements to tell a story across an entire year.

Groups visiting Hull can also enjoy a number of theatre productions, including the premiere of The Hypocrite by award-winning Hull playwright Richard Bean, Shakespeare’s Richard III, and Mighty Atoms by Amanda Whittington.

These will be staged at the Hull Truck theatre on selected dates throughout the year.

There will also be a number of festivals taking place in Hull, and each season will host a themed weekend-long festival of events, debate and live music.

The first season, for example, will host WOW (Women of the World) – a festival of talks, debates, music, film, comedy and activism that celebrates women.

And in June, Where Are We Now? will see Neu! Reekie!, Scotland's cutting edge arts collective bring together a  gathering of rabble rousers, agitators, thinkers and luminaries from all over the UK.

Freedom Talks in September, led by the Wilberforce Institute for Slavery and Emancipation, will explore the wider abolitionist movement, while in December, Hull will host Substance, a festival that explores the cultural soul of the north.

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