We were thrilled to be joined by BBC Director General, Lord Tony Hall at Friday’s Hull 2017 update where he announced a new partnership with Hull UK City of Culture 2017. This new partnership will add to the success of Hull 2017 and allow everyone around the UK to engage with this national cultural festival, and encourage them to look again at Hull.
Martin Green, Chief Executive of Hull 2017, said: “Our partnership with the BBC is absolutely critical to the success of Hull 2017. Within the UK, it means that people across the entire country will be engaged with their national cultural festival, encouraging them to look again at Hull and at what they think of as culture.
“Internationally, the BBC is one of the most powerful tools we have to create a global interaction with our stories. Hull 2017 will be a 365-day festival of the most compelling and ambitious cultural experiences that the UK has to offer and, with the BBC on board, we will be able to share those experiences with the whole world.”
Lord Hall said: “I’m proud to announce our partnership today. The BBC is going to be unashamedly ‘Hull-centric’ in 2017. We are really looking forward to working with Hull 2017 to create something very special for the city and for audiences around the world.
“I want the BBC in Hull to be a powerhouse of creativity. I want us to work with Hull City of Culture 2017 to try new things, to push boundaries and take risks. We want to experiment, innovate and help talent in Hull find their voice.
“I recently set out our case for an open, enabling BBC that supports creativity in all kinds of ways. I want the BBC to be at the heart of Hull’s big year because I recognise that by working closely together as equal partners we can achieve so much more.”
The BBC’s activities for Hull 2017 will include:
- A celebration of poetry, performance and the spoken word – shaped and made in Hull and inspired by the city’s rich poetry heritage, which includes the likes of Andrew Marvel and Philip Larkin.
- BBC Learning will be working with schools and organisations across the city to deliver targeted projects to inspire and create educational opportunities for the city’s young people.
- BBC Writers Room will be looking for writers – new and established – to develop stories inspired by Hull.
- Some of the BBC’s biggest events will come to the city during 2017 and the BBC will create new ones.
The first major event as a result of this partnership is CBBC Live and Digital taking place in Hull this coming weekend. Some of the channel’s biggest stars and programmes will arrive in the city and on Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November visitors will be able to explore everything that’s new in digital creativity for 6-12 year olds. It will take place in and around City Hall and Queen Victoria Square.
CBBC Newsround and CBBC Presentation will also be broadcast live from the event.
Stay tuned for further announcements and opportunities as result of this very exciting partnership.