Assemble Fest returns with stellar line up for 2017

A wedding breakfast with a twist, a comic musical chase through the streets and a puppet show in a local café – these are just some of the spectacles you can enjoy at this year’s Assemble Fest.

Returning for one day only on Saturday 3 June, the festival will transform Newland Avenue into a vibrant pop-up performance space. Expect flash mobs, interactive shows, music, dance and a whole lot of belly laughs as the festival takes over a number of unlikely venues.

Now in its fourth year, Assemble Fest is supported by Newland Avenue’s local traders, offering up their spaces for the good of the community, which is what makes the festival so special. Alongside a schedule of shows, the entire street will be peppered with workshops, installations, musical performances and plenty of other activities to keep the whole family occupied.

Assemble Fest’s selection of top quality shows will be performed multiple times throughout the day, creating a highly visual and exciting experience for visitors. Each show will be around 30 minutes long, and there’ll be plenty of opportunities to join in along the way.

Madeleine O’Reilly, Festival Director, said: “This special one-day festival strives to offer something for everyone, removing barriers people may otherwise run into when trying to access the arts.”

“Newland Avenue is a wonderful multicultural community infused with local charm and international character. This art and theatrical festival will see amazing events and stories through performance where you least expect it and it’s certain not to disappoint.”

Indigo Moon. Photo: © James Mulkeen

So what’s in store?

Mermarella: Fans of puppetry will love Indigo Moon’s piece in Nofretete, exploring intercultural stories with beautiful handcrafted puppets. If you haven’t seen these guys before, we promise you’ll be in for a treat.

Omni-Science: Watch as rising theatre stars Brick by Brick reveal their new robotic assistance technology in its first public demonstration at The Piper, exploring how new technology can affect our judgment.

Honey, I Stereotyped the Kids: If you enjoyed our WOW festival, head to World of Wonder in Hull Community Church for a performance by She Productions and See Gold Productions that investigates language and gender politics within families.

Theatre on the Edge. Photo: © James Mulkeen

You are Cordially Invited to…: Theatre on the Edge invite you to the wedding of the year, where you’ll experience a luxury wedding breakfast with a twist. Intrigued? Head to Trinity Methodist Church to find out what happens.

Gobble: Assemble Fest regulars Bellow Theatre return with their storytelling piece about our relationship with appetite and food. Last year’s show involved lots and lots of flour, so we’re excited to see what the group have planned for their performance this year in Larkin’s bar.

Hull Carnival Arts & Bandanarama. Photo: © James Mulkee

The Chase: Local favourites Hull Carnival Arts and Bandanarama join forces with Mambo Jambo, taking to the streets with this comedic show which plays with themes of community activism. Starting outside of Super Value, they’ll promenade down the avenue, spreading music and cheer.

Our Street Our Stage: Rounding off the festival is this spectacular closing event, telling the unique story of Newland Avenue and with the help of a mighty 200 participants. Organisers are currently fundraising to make the finale extra special, so if you fancy giving them a hand, you can do so on their crowdfunding page.

Martin Green, Director at Hull 2017, said: “Assemble Fest is a prime example of why Hull won the bid to become UK City of Culture 2017. Events like this bring communities together and this one in particular will add something different to what is already a fantastic variety in a wonderfully eclectic part of the city.”

Assemble Fest takes place on 3 June 2017 and tickets are on sale now. Tickets for individual shows cost £3.50 in advance or £4 on the day and there’ll be plenty of free activities taking place too.