Cultural Tides Conference Announced

Join us for an unforgettable experience at the Cultural Tides Conference!

Date: 14th March 2024

Time: 10:00 – 17:00 (Additional events until 18:30)

Location: Princes Quay Event Space, Lower Level, Princes Dock Street, Hull, HU1 1PQ

Price: FREE (Reserve your tickets here)

Cultural Tides will discuss Hull’s contribution to culture and creativity in the north, as well as kick starting the conversation on a new city-wide cultural strategy.

Hull-based arts, cultural, voluntary, community, education and business sector organisations with interest in the cultural ambition of the city are welcome to join our speakers and panelists at Princes Quay Event Space.

Speakers include Professor John Holden, Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds, who will present his research and ongoing work on cultural ecologies.

The day will also include discussion panels, made up of industry experts Merlijn Poolman, Night Mayor for Groningen, Netherlands; Matthias Rauch, Head of Cultural Innovation & Creative Economy in Mannheim; Clare McColgan CBE, Director of Culture – Liverpool 2008/Eurovision/UNESCO and Erika Clark, Creative Programme Manager at Belfast UNESCO music city.

The panels will consider how to capture and maintain the energy of large-scale initiatives, how to develop audiences and empower communities, and Hull’s ambition to be a UNESCO Creative City of Music.

The conference will be opened by Leader of Hull City Council, Cllr Mike Ross.

Following the event, the evening will a see celebration of maritime heritage with a large-scale public event. A flaming torch-lit procession featuring 500 community volunteers will make its way from Hull Minster to Hull Marina, where audiences will enjoy a spectacular performance of The Tower of Light – transforming Hull into a magical theatre of pyrotechnics, performance and music.