Absolutely Cultured – Programme Announcement

Dominoes by Station House Opera will be Absolutely Cultured’s major summer event taking place on Saturday 11 August 2018. An internationally acclaimed, site-specific celebratory event, it will take over Hull, playing with the architecture of the city on a 3.5km domino run for all to enjoy – a moving sculpture, both playful and epic.

Created from thousands of breezeblocks and constructed by over 400 of the company’s iconic City of Culture Volunteers working alongside the artists. An Arts Admin project, Dominoes will weave its way through streets, public squares, civic buildings and private homes, climbing stairs, falling from windows and occasionally conquering a structure built from yet more blocks.

Katy Fuller, Creative Director at Absolutely Cultured said: “I’m delighted to be bringing Dominoes to Hull as a way of marking our intent to continue to infuse the city’s streets with cultural events for large numbers of people. It’s also a brilliant project for drawing on the mighty volunteer force.

“We will release details of the route in due course, but I think people will be surprised by just how much ground it will cover and the variety of places in the city the domino run will connect.”

Absolutely Cultured is delighted to be partnering with the BBC and Wrecking Ball Press to produce the return of the national poetry and spoken word festival Contains Strong Language in late September.”

The best of local, national and international poets, spoken word artists, comedians and musicians will be commissioned as part of this packed programme taking place in venues across the city. The festival will deliver a wide ranging, diverse programme to audiences enjoying the live experience in Hull, but also many more across the country via the BBC broadcasts.

As part of this exciting programme Absolutely Cultured is commissioning a special new site-specific piece, which will offer the audience a playful journey of discovery through the city, animated by poets, wordsmiths and artists.

Absolutely Cultured’s largest event for 2018 will come towards the end of the year.  Urban Legends: Northern Lights is an ambitious large-scale outdoor event which will animate the dark winter nights. Using projection and commissioned soundscapes, buildings, shop windows and winding alleyways, Hull’s city centre will be painted with moving animations and atmospheric music. Drawing inspiration from the connections between the countries of Northern Europe, Scandinavia and Hull, a range of artists will collaborate to explore and spark conversations about our ‘northern’ shared identity and to tell stories that will be enthralling for all ages. From large and spectacular to intimate and moving, the pieces will light the city in its dazzling winter best.

In early 2019, Absolutely Cultured will head back into the neighbourhoods and residential areas to create a new performance work building on the innovative processes used for the Land of Green Ginger in 2017.  This project is about high quality imaginative work, embedded in a community.  However, this time the work will be co-commissioned with another city, exploring how this approach can evolve when working with communities in two distinct places. Not only that, the work will be seen both in Hull and further afield, taking the Made in Hull stamp with it.

Absolutely Cultured is also delighted to continue to work in partnership with the PRS Foundation, London’s South Bank Centre and BBC Radio 3 on the return of the New Music Biennial in July 2019.  As with the 2017 edition, the festival will happen both at London’s Southbank Centre and also in Hull. It will celebrate the breadth and talent of those making new music in the UK, showcasing up to 20 bite-sized pieces of distinctive and exceptional music across all genres, including some brand-new commissions.

Speaking about the approach to the programme, Katy Fuller said: “From continuing to build on significant national partnerships started in 2017, to commissioning the most exciting artists to animate this city in ever more imaginative ways, we want this programme to speak to everyone who came along for the ride in 2017.

“Whilst we won’t be producing the same volume of events as was seen last year, our ambition for the quality and scale of those events is still sky high.”

Humber Street Gallery will also host an exciting programme of exhibitions throughout the year. Find out about the new exhibitions that will shortly arrive on Humber Street.