Snooker - Dennis Taylor


The ROKiT UK Seniors Snooker Championship returns to the Bonus Arena, Hull this October with more of snooker’s greatest ever players battling it out to lift the crown.

With Jimmy White, Dennis Taylor, John Parrott and Cliff Thorburn already confirmed, and a new face in Thailand legend James Wattana also in the field, it’s going to be another great few days on the green baize.

Qualifying events will be held in Belgium, Northampton, Jersey and local club Tradewell in Hull with the winner joining the stellar field of legends who will compete for a £10,000 winner’s prize.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (WEDNESDAY) for all six sessions, which take place at 10am, 2.30pm and 7pm on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th October. Ticket prices again start from just £8 each (booking fees apply).

Before the final on the 25th there is a chance to meet all the players in a champagne reception.

Jason Francis, tournament organiser, said: “Last year we committed to begin a journey to make Hull a Snooker City and bring a competitive tournament to an area with a great history of cue sports. The way the local people turned out, and the diversity of the people who travelled into Hull for the event, was incredible. At every session our players were greeted by a large audience, all the players are excited at returning this year.”

Snooker legend Jimmy White said: “I couldn’t believe how many people turned out for the 10am sessions to cheer on the players, there’s nothing better than playing in front of a large knowledgeable crowd. The people of Hull know their snooker and we look forward to putting on another great show for them.”

Councillor Dave Craker, portfolio holder for leisure and tourism at Hull City Council, said: “It’s fantastic that the ROKiT UK Seniors Championship is returning to Hull and the Bonus Arena. Hull is a proud snooker city and the tournament was incredibly well-received last year, so I’m delighted that we are once again getting the chance to host such an important event on the snooker calendar.”

It is again hoped the tournament will be broadcast across Europe live on TV and also in China.

Dan Harris, General Manager at the Bonus Arena, added: “Following a hugely successful first year of hosting the ROKiT UK Seniors Snooker, I am delighted the tournament will be returning this October. The community really embraced the snooker legends last year and we look forward to some more great matches which will again put Hull on the world snooker map.”

Alaska 5000

Drag royalty Alaska 5000 to headline Pride in Hull

Famed drag act Alaska 5000 will wow crowds with a performance in Queens Gardens for this year’s Pride in Hull.

The act, runner-up in season five of the global TV hit RuPaul’s Drag Race, will appear in the city on Saturday 20 July.

Alaska 5000 is the first performer to be announced for this year’s Pride in Hull – and organisers are already promising this year’s event will be bigger, bolder, and prouder than ever.

Pride in Hull trustee Andy Hastings said: “RuPaul’s Drag race is one of the biggest shows on the planet and a huge cultural phenomenon. The audience response to Courtney Act and Adore Delano playing Pride in Hull in 2017 and 2018 was incredible, so we knew we had to step our game up and bring a winner to Hull.”

Alaska was invited to return for the second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race Allstars, in which she went on to steal the crown and secure her place in the Drag Race hall of fame.

She has also toured the globe and scored two top-five albums on the US Dance Chart.

Creative director Andy Train said: “The queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race are so incredibly popular with our audience and they have made drag such a huge part of mainstream culture”.

Pride in Hull attracted 50,000 people in 2018, cementing its status as one of Hull’s biggest events – and the biggest free Pride in the country.

Find out more about Pride in Hull here

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Book a Gin making weekend in Hull

The teams at Hotham Gin School and the boutique Hideout Apartment Hotel have joined force to offer an wonderful weekend break in the city, complete with gin making class.

Learn the process of gin distilling from the friendly team at Hotham Gin School before you and a partner choose how you would like to flavour your gin, add the indgrediants and distill your bespoke bottle of spirits.

After adding the finishing touches and with a few tasters along the way you only have a short walk to the boutique accommodation for the night.

the perfect Summer weekend experience in Hull !!

The offer includes

  • Two tickets to award winning Hotham’s Gin School
    (£125 for two, usually £150)
  • 10% off your stay at Hideout Boutique Hotel

Current gin school dates are every Saturday in April, May, June 2019
Class runs from 4PM – 7:30PM

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As dusk falls over East Park each night from 3 until 5 May 2019, and again in Birkenhead Park in Wirral from 17 until 19 May 2019, visitors will step into The Witching Hour, Absolutely Cultured’s spring production in partnership with Wirral Borough of Culture 2019.

The Witching Hour will inspire imagination and celebrate local tales, memories and folklore, exploring stories of local wise women, magical mythical characters and childhood memories from these two places on opposite sides of the country. The Witching Hour will immerse audiences in a unique and shared experience, weaving a story between the two locations.

Building on Hull 2017’s immensely successful Land of Green Ginger project, this large-scale, outdoor, immersive performance by renowned theatre company Periplum has invited residents from each location to share their stories, memories and urban myths.  Although the main story of The Witching Hour remains the same in both locations, the performances will resonate directly with the two communities through the inclusion of local tales that will be woven into the narrative.

As audiences enter they will be spellbound by spinning tales of alchemy and legend from the two parks. Featuring live performance, a specially commissioned soundtrack, pyrotechnics and promenading action taking place in and around the audience, The Witching Hour explores local legend and folklore from East Park in Hull and Birkenhead Park in Wirral.

The Witching Hour is free and no booking is required. Performances will begin at 9.30pm and last approximately one hour.

Click here for further information about The Witching Hour.

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Have you even *been* to Hull if you haven’t shown it off on your Insta?! We think our city looks pretty good and we love seeing it through your lenses, too. Use the hashtag #VisitHull and tag us @visithulluk

Here’s a little tour of some of our favourite photography locations:

1: Queen Victoria Square – home to some truly impressive architecture in the shape of the Maritime Museum, Ferens Art Gallery and Hull City Hall. The fountains complete the look. HU1 3RA.

2: Paragon Arcade – a beautiful Victorian independent shopping arcade that has recently had a sympathetic revamp. HU1 3PQ.

3: Solar Gate, Queen’s Gardens – this public artwork by artist Tonkin Lui acts as an enormous sun dial to mark significant dates in Hull’s history. HU1 3DJ.

4: Land Of Green Ginger – home of Hull’s most-photographed street sign, the country’s smallest window and one of Hull’s greatest unsolved mysteries – how did this street get its unusual name? HU1 2EA.

5: Hepworth’s Arcade – a rare, L-shaped Grade II-listed Victorian shopping arcade with a gorgeous glass roof and great independent shops. HU1 1JU.

6: Prince Street – this unusually curved colourful Georgian street always attracts attention. You’ll find it between Princes Dock Street and Trinity Square. HU1 2LJ.

7: Hull Minster and reflection pools, Trinity Square – get the angle right and you’ll capture the Minster and its reflection in the mesmerising ripple pools in one shot. HU1 2JJ.

8: The marina – the Hull riviera. There are no bad shots on a sunny day, if the weather’s not cooperating, take your snap from one of many nearby cafes and restaurants. HU1 2DQ.

9: Humber Street – the beating heart of Hull’s revitalised Fruit Market. Full of independent shops, galleries, bars and restaurants, and a key location of Hull’s festival summers, it takes a great photo. HU1 1UU.

10: Voyage by Steinunn Thorarinsdottir this striking statue by Icelandic artist Thorarinsdottir faces out to sea in the direction Hull’s trawlermen travelled. It has a counterpart, For, in the Icelandic village of Vik, which faces Hull. HU1 1UU.


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Tour Guide Paul Schofield


We’re ever so slightly biased, of course, but we’re with Larkin on this one. Hull’s “sudden elegancies” catch the eye when you least expect them, revealing sides of Yorkshire’s only maritime city that are truly unique.

Here are just a few reasons why:

Only in Hull…  can you visit the spot where the Governor of Hull Sir John Hotham and pals decided to rebel against King Charles I by refusing to allow him into the city at Beverley Gate in 1642 – thereby triggering the English Civil War. It’s upstairs in the “Plotting Parlour” of Ye Olde White Harte pub in Silver Street.

Only in Hull… can you pay tribute to another independent spirit, Amy Johnson, a pioneering Hull pilot who was the first woman to fly solo from Britain to Australia in 1930. Look out for her statue in Prospect Street, a mock-up of her Gipsy Moth plane Jason in St Stephen’s shopping centre and some of the colourful wall-mounted moth sculptures inspired by her plane across the city.

Only in Hull… can you find cream telephone boxes. Even our phone boxes like to be different.


 TOP TIP: Psst! Want to take an unique shortcut between Scale Lane/High Street in the Old Town to The Deep and Fruit Market? Scale Lane footbridge is the world’s first to allow foot passengers to ride on the bridge as it swings open. Listen carefully, and you should hear birdsong as you glide over the River Hull.


DID YOU KNOW? A whopping 40% of our city-centre businesses are independents helping to provide a shopping experience that you really won’t find anywhere else in the world.

Only in Hull… can you stock up on whoopee cushions and trick chewing gum at the favourite joke shop of comedian Reese Shearsmith and mind master Derren Brown. Visit the wonder of the world that is Dinsdale’s Joke and Trick Shop in Hepworth Arcade and discover why it’s been going strong since the 1930s. All the stylish and quirky shops in the glorious Hepworth and Paragon arcades are worth checking out, from Fanthorpe’s for music gear, to Beasley’s for vintage clothing, Bierhaus craft beer shop, White Rabbit chocolatiers, Two Gingers coffee shop and Marla’s for food.

Only in Hull… can you peer into England’s smallest window. See if you can spot it at The George pub in The Land of Green Ginger. In fact, only in Hull is there a street called the Land of Green Ginger.

Only in Hull… can you play air guitar on the Mick Ronson memorial stage in Queens Gardens, where David Bowie’s most celebrated  guitarist used to work as a groundsman; or at the spot in Whitefriargate where Paul Heaton and Stan Cullimore used to busk before they hit the big time with The Housemartins.

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The Deep


If the kids are happy, the adults are happy, right? Take the strain out of family days out with our top tips to entertain families with children of all ages (yep, even those tricky toddlers and teens!).

Let’s start with our fabulous free museums and galleries. In Queen Victoria Square, Ferens Art Gallery has a permanent dedicated children’s space where younger visitors can play, and is welcoming to everyone. On the other side of the square, the Maritime Museum tells the fascinating tale of the city’s seafaring heritage… plus the slightly fishier tale of our own little mermaid!

Speaking of fish, keep your eyes peeled as you walk through the city centre from this point to see if you can spot the 41 fish inlaid in the pavements.

TOP TIP: Take a towel and a change of clothes if Queen Victoria Square is on your itinerary – it doesn’t matter how old or cool your kids are, these fountains are irresistible on a sunny day!

In the Old Town, there’s a dedicated, free Museums Quarter in High Street. At the Hull and East Riding Museum you can whizz through 250,000 years of Hull’s history, starting with Mortimer – a life-sized recreation of an East Yorkshire woolly mammoth. The Streetlife Museum is another big hit with families, with plenty of ways to get on board with the sight, sounds and smells of transport through the ages. Next door at Wilberforce House, you can explore the birthplace and legacy of Hull’s famous anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce.

All ages are welcome at Humber Street Gallery in the vibrant Fruit Market area near Hull’s stunning marina. If you have any dinosaur fans in the family, you won’t be able to miss independent dinosaur museum Dinostar and, just over the footbridge, you’ll find the iconic aquarium The Deep, home to 3,500 sharks, fish and penguins… and some spectacular viewing areas. Both Dinostar and The Deep offer great-value annual passes.

There’s a jam-packed summer of family-friendly events ahead. Highlights include:

• The Lord Mayor’s Hanse Day in Queen Victoria Square and Trinity Square on 8 June, 10am-4pm – a tribute to Hull’s medieval trading past that this year is going to be bigger and better than ever, across two sites, with jousting, fire-breathing jesters, roaming musicians, dancers, children’s activities and musical workshops, crafts and a chance for all ages to show off your handiwork in parades around Queen Victoria Square and Trinity Square. Allow at least half a day. Suitable for all ages.
• The Big Malarkey in East Park on 29-30 June. This children’s literature festival has grown into a firm annual favourite since its launch during Hull’s year as UK City of Culture in 2017. Special guests this year include celebrated children’s book illustrator and author Nick Sharratt, Oi Dog! author Kes Gray, the creator of the hilarious Barry Loser series Jim Smith, and MG Leonard who wrote the fantastical Beetle Boy adventures. Tickets to the weekend festival, which takes place a short drive east of the city centre, are due to go on sale on 20 April, from Great for families with babies, children and young people aged 0-16.
• National Play Day in Queens Gardens on 7 August – get there early for free fun and frolics. All welcome, but best suited to those aged 0-11.

TOP TIP: Hop on and off a land train at Queen Victoria Square, the Museums Quarter, or The Deep for a fun and irreverent look at some of the city centre’s most popular attractions.

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for personal recommendations for your family, Hull’s blue-jacketed cultural volunteers are happy to help. You’ll find them at the Welcome Information Centre at Paragon Interchange, and at attractions all over the city centre.

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LET US ENTERTAIN YOU…with the best shows this spring

The season’s off to a great start at Hull’s newest and largest venue the Bonus Arena with sold-out shows from Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds, Olly Murs and Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals Tour. If you’re quick, you could snap up tickets to see dancehall legend Sean Paul on 28 May, The Beach Boys with original members Mike Love and Bruce Johnston on 22 June, Canadian singer-songwriter k.d. lang on 13 July, and Professor Brian Cox, who’ll be revealing the secrets of the universe on 12 September.

Meanwhile, one of the oldest performance spaces in the city, Hull New Theatre is a Grade II listed building that’s been a performance venue since 1830 and is this year marking its 80th anniversary as Hull New Theatre. Watch out for highlights such as the all-male ballet ensemble in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, 23-27 April; a hilarious show for families with school-age children based on the popular books by Liz Pichon, Tom Gates Live On Stage, 1-5 May; and a singalong with Motown The Musical, which debuts its first UK tour outside the West End from 25 June to 26 July.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS? Charles Dickens performed readings on the site of Hull New Theatre in 1859 and 1860. Other greats who’ve performed at this venue can be found on the walls of the Old English Gentleman pub next door. Pop in and raise a glass to Stan, Ollie and co.

Hull City Hall in Queen Victoria Square goes into spring with a rip-roaring live adaptation of a much-loved book for younger children, Zog. The dragon created by children’s story dream team Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler will be in Hull on 23-24 April. A huge highlight for opera fans comes to Hull City Hall for one night only on 7 June when Verdi’s iconic opera Aida will be performed with a full-scale orchestra (in Italian, with English subtitles). And comedian Jimmy Carr brings his latest show aimed firmly at over-16s, Terribly Funny, on 21 September.

At acclaimed independent venue, Hull Truck Theatre in Ferensway, highlights include: a welcome return of the joyous tribute to Hull guitar hero Mick Ronson, Turn And Face The Strange, from 25 April to 4 May; an adaptation of Melvyn Bragg’s novel The Hired Man from 23 May to 15 June; and Room On The Broom Live On Stage, from 17-20 April, for visitors with children aged three and over. Hull Truck also hosts the annual Hull Jazz Festival on 19-20 July, and there’s top-notch comedy from Shappi Khorsandi: Skittish Warrior… Confessions of a Club Comic, on 21 June. Hull Truck’s growing summer season culminates in cutting-edge Edinburgh Fringe previews of works by Hull Independent Producer Initiative-supported artists and theatre companies – Middle Child, Lucy Beaumont, Jack Gleadow, The Kagools, Richard Stott and First Time.

DID YOU KNOW: Hull Truck Theatre got its name because the touring theatre company began life performing shows from the back of a truck! Its now responsible for some of the UK’s best-loved plays.

For an outdoor gig in an intimate venue, visit Zebedee’s Yard, tucked away between the streets of Whitefriargate, Princes Dock Street and Posterngate. On 24 August, Phil Oakey, Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley aka The Human League, will be dropping in to deliver a perfect slice of Eighties pop.

And finally, speaking of slices… pizza, poetry, music and comedy are all on the menu at Kardomah94, an independent smaller-sized cultural venue in Alfred Gelder Street. Try one of John Grant’s favourites, singer-songwriter Tom Kay and guests on 4 May, or classic Louisiana blues from Lil’ Jimmy Reed on 6 June.

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LET US SHOW YOU AROUND…Hull’s great outdoors

You can find trails around public squares, shopping streets, parkland, the Old Town, the free Museums’ Quarter and the former dock, from post-industrial riverside areas to the swanky marina and  Fruit Market.

En route, you’ll be able to find out all about Hull’s impressive maritime heritage, inspirational stories and our city’s rebellious history at the exact spot on Beverley Gate where we allegedly sparked the English Civil War by refusing to allow King Charles I entry to the city in 1642.

Pick up a City Walking Trail leaflet from the Welcome Information Centre at Paragon Interchange. It includes:

  • The Fish Trail (follow the 41 fish in the pavements, from the weird – we’re looking at you, Warty Doris and Lumpsucker – to the wonderful – or to be precise – the Brill).
  • The Blue Plaque Trail.
  • The Ale Trail (always inexplicably popular, this one).
  • The Wilberforce Trail, a chance to follow in the footsteps of William Wilberforce.
  • The Statue Trail.
  • The Museums and Galleries Trail.
  • The Lord Mayor’s Centenary Plaque Trail.
  • The Larkin Trail, for an insight into the “different resonance” that one of the 20th-century’s best-known poets saw in Hull, and the settings that inspired him to write some of his most famous poems.

If a guided walk’s more your thing, our English Heritage accredited, highly recommended and extremely knowledgeable guide runs daily tours from Hull City Hall every day from 2pm from 1st April to 3rd November. Tickets are £4 per person, no need to book, just turn up!

TOP TIP: Looking for a good picnic spot? The lush central parkland of Queen’s Gardens is the obvious choice – you can’t miss it in between the BBC’s Hull HQ and the towering monument to William Wilberforce. The Peace Gardens in the Museums Quarter, the hidden garden behind Wilberforce House and the stepped seating of Stage @The Dock in the Fruit Market are also perfect for picnics.


Queens Gardens: A 9.75-acre former dock that until 1930 was filled with the water of Queens Dock. It’s now a series of gardens, and hosts touring and permanent public artworks, and large-scale events, from cultural extravaganzas to festivals such as Pride In Hull, Yum! Food Festival, children’s National Play Day and Freedom Festival.

Riverside views: To get an authentic feel for Hull’s maritime past, a stroll around the riverside and marina is a must. Follow the River Hull, past the tidal barrier to the The Deep aquarium where the River Hull meets the Humber Estuary, and walk along Victoria Pier, where passenger ferries used to cross the Humber before the Humber Bridge was built in 1981. Be sure to pause to take in the relaxing sights and sounds of Hull Marina – we get a great sunset

DID YOU KNOW? Wondering what the old Oss Wash near Victoria Pier is all about? Oss Wash is simply ’ull speak for Horse Wash, where the city’s traders used to scrub their horses clean. The name is now used by a gelateria and café on the pier.

The street art scene: Bankside Gallery is the name of a growing legal graffiti and street art movement that sprung up to celebrate Hull’s existing graffiti scene. Bankside Gallery was triggered by the overnight appearance of an authentic Banksy artwork on the disused Scott Street Bridge in early 2018. New pieces now appear every week, adding bursts of legal colour from the central Old Town, to Clough Road, north of the centre. Although the Banksy is temporarily out of public view due to safety issues with the bridge, the Bankside Gallery volunteers have put together a map of the legal walls, available from the Welcome Information Centre at Paragon Interchange.

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A Feast of Music this Spring at Hull Truck Theatre

This spring, Hull Truck Theatre are celebrating music in all its wonderful forms.

On Thursday 21 March, award winning jazz vocalist and Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal joins her Trio for a brand new show with standards from the grand masters of the Great American Song Book, Cole Porter & Rodgers & Hart to witty and urbane song stylists of the 50’s & 60’s Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh & Dave Brubeck, while also drawing inspiration from more contemporary writers and originals.

The following evening, acclaimed singer-songwriter Elio Pace returns to Hull Truck Theatre with a very special, intimate, and completely unique concert honouring his childhood musical idol, Elvis Presley. The concert features many Elvis Presley classics as well as some rarely-heard and forgotten gems. Elio’s sensational singing and electrifying piano-playing is ingeniously accompanied on stage by the dynamic and percussive power of the incomparable drummer, Steve Rushton.

In April, we welcome the legendary Grimethorpe Colliery Band, winner of 16 Brass In Concert Championship titles and four times National Champion Brass Band of Great Britain. With diverse noted concert performances including those at the FIFA World Cup, BAFTA Awards, BBC Proms, Eurovision and London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, the band has also been nominated at the BAFTA awards for its contributions to the global hit movie “Brassed Off” for which Grimethorpe was the focal point.

The Royal Albert Hall, Symphony Hall, Barbican, Westminster Abbey, European Parliament, Sydney Opera House and more, have all played host to Grimethorpe. With tours to Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, and concerts and festival appearances throughout Europe, the band’s performance reputation remains unsurpassed.

We wave goodbye to April and welcome May with Turn & Face The Strange, the sell-out multi-media show about Hull rock legend Mick Ronson. Written by Garry Burnett and ‘Made in Hull’ writer Rupert Creed, the show will feature a live rock band, a classical string quartet, film projection and storytelling.

The stellar line-up of talent includes rock musicians who played with Mick Ronson and David Bowie, with Keith ‘Ched’ Cheesman (The Rats) John Cambridge (The Rats & The Hype), John Bentley (Squeeze), alongside Kristian Eastwood, Bobby Joyce & Rachael Jarvis. With a string quartet of classically trained young musicians ‘Turn and Face the Strange’ tells the real story of the Man Who Changed the Music World.

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Programme is unveiled for IETM Hull

Next month, Absolutely Cultured, IETM and partners Arts Council England and the British Council will welcome the international performing arts community to Hull.  The exciting programme of talks, discussions, workshops and performances explore the subject of inclusion, showcasing the diverse practice of local, regional and national artists and celebrating international collaboration and cooperation.  This timely programme will give the national and international arts community an insight into what is special about the contemporary performing arts sector across Hull, the north of England and wider UK.

IETM is a membership organisation for contemporary performing arts, with more than 500 members from over 50 countries. With a mission to advocate for the value of the arts and culture in a changing world, IETM holds two plenary meetings each year in different European cities. Hull will be the first UK city to host a plenary since 2010.

As a city, Hull is no stranger to IETM’s mission to advocate the value of the arts and culture in a changing world. In 2017, it hosted a momentous year of arts and culture as UK City of Culture 2017 and has seen first-hand what can happen when culture is used to breathe energy into a place and connect communities.

For IETM Hull 2019, delegates will explore art in the city, across venues including Hull Truck Theatre, Middleton Hall, The Guildhall, Hull College, Ferens Studio, Royal Hotel, New Theatre, City Hall and the Maritime Museum.

Keynote speakers include Sade Brown, an award-winning social entrepreneur and founder of Sour Lemons, which addresses the lack of diversity in leadership within the creative, cultural and social sectors, and British theatre-maker and comedian Jess Thom, founder of Touretteshero.

The artistic programme showcases award-winning local artists including the latest play by Middle Child, Us Against Whatever, while Silent Uproar will perform its 2017 hit play, A Super Happy Story About Feeling Super Sad.

Internationally renowned Candoco Dance Company, a company of disabled and non-disabled dancers will perform for the first time in the city, offering audiences a profound and boundary-pushing experience in its latest double bill, Face In by Yasmeen Godder and Let’s Talk About Disby Hetain Patel.

No Kids is the latest energetic, hilarious, moving and thought-provoking play from the multi-award-winning Bristol-based company, Ad Infinitum, while in Fat Blokes, Scottee uncovers why fat men are never sexy but are always funny in a hilarious dance show of sorts.

Bonus Arena


The Myton Street venue is the only venue in England to be included in Billboard’s ’20 Music Venues to Watch in 2019’ list which was published this week. Venues in New York, Los Angeles, Montevideo and Washington are amongst those to join Hull’s newest entertainment venue in making the shortlist.

The arena is in esteemed company, joining the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, home of NBA team the Milwaukee Bucks, the 80,000-capacity Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and Rogers Place in Alberta, Canada, home of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers.

The Bonus Arena is also only one of two venues in Europe to be included – the other being another SMG Europe venue TECA in Aberdeen – and only one of three outside of the US and Canada.

Billboard is an American entertainment media brand which publishes news, video and reviews and is known for its music charts including the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular songs and albums in different genres. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm and operates several TV shows.

Billboard magazine described the arena’s team as “exceptionally adept at social media promotion” following coverage of their pursuit of Liam Gallagher opening the arena last year. Liam’s brother, and fellow Oasis co-founder Noel Gallagher, announced a show at the Bonus Arena last week. Tickets sold out in a matter of minutes.

Dan Harris, General Manager at the Bonus Arena, said: “The Bonus Arena continues to put the city of Hull on the map – not just locally, but on the world stage too. Billboard is one of the most prestigious music publications in the world and to be included as one of the top 20 up and coming venues is a real honour.

“To be placed in the same conversation as huge arenas in New York, Los Angeles and Washington is testament to the hard work of the team and the fantastic support the city of Hull has given us since we opened last summer.”

The Billboard magazine article can be seen here:

Installation View Athena Papadopoulos, The Smurfette. Courtesy of the artist and Emalin Gallery

Humber Street Gallery reveals new programme

The programme includes Athena Papadopoulos who will bring her first major UK gallery exhibition to Humber Street in April; Graham Jones and Richard Houguez’s Cut and local artist Ella Dorton’s exhibition Journey To The Centre of The Couch (Couches & Other Good Ideas).

Over the coming months, the artists will exhibit their new ambitious work, commissioned by Absolutely Cultured, in the popular Fruit Market gallery.

On Friday 12 April, Humber Street Gallery is delighted to present A Tittle-Tattle Tell-A-Tale Heart, Athena Papadopoulos’ (b.1988) first major institutional presentation in the UK. Based in London, the internationally acclaimed Canadian artist has exhibited widely and was recently shortlisted for the prestigious Max Mara Art Prize for Women, in collaboration with London’s Whitechapel Gallery.

For Papadopoulos’ presentation in Hull, the artist reinterprets a selection of chapters from her eponymously titled novel, A Tittle-Tattle Tell-A-Tale Heart, to construct a narrative incorporating sculptures, sound installation, costume design and performance. Published in 2018, A Tittle-Tattle Tell-A-Tale Heart moves through different registers of textual experimentation, mimicking the detective story to uncover the tragic downfall and hopeful rebirth of the protagonist, Bunny.

The exhibition will be divided into two distinct parts across both floors of the gallery, connected by a stairwell of light and sound. The first floor introduces the scene of a diseased and hallucinatory film set, where a quarantined zone encloses the hysterical experiences brought forth by haunted houses, theatre sets and the backyard of a childhood home. Upstairs, Papadopoulos takes as a point of departure the final chapter of her novel to explore notions of exhibitionism as enacted through fashion, music and childhood theatre. A host of performances curated by the artist will take place throughout the installation, embroiling the viewer in its midst.

The artist’s distinct repertoire of edible, cosmetic and medicinal materials continues to be employed in this new body of work, pointing towards Papadopoulos’ ongoing interest in dismantling that which underpins cultural constructions of femininity, social experience and exteriority through complex materiality. The exhibition at Humber Street Gallery represents an evolution of Papadopoulos’ practice towards a mode of production that is fully immersive, expansive and transcendent, enabling her unfettered movement between performative roles and guises.

Papadopoulos will collaborate with London-based artist HP Parmley (b.1988) to create a score featuring recordings of the artist reading characters from her novel.

Senior Curator at Humber Street Gallery, John Heffernan, explained: “We’re really excited about this next stage in the gallery’s journey and are thrilled to be exhibiting Athena Papadopoulos’ inspiring work. Over the coming year there will be four core exhibitions in Galleries 1 and 2 and seven projects in our renamed Project Space, delivered by early career artists.

“Presenting work that will inspire and engage audiences our newly revised programme format brings together a broad range of exhibitions, projects and events, encompassing internationally acclaimed artists, local practitioners and ambitious exhibitions that offer a deeply exiting contemporary art experience.

From 6 April 2019, in the gallery’s newly renamed Project Space, artists Graham Jones and Richard Houguez will present Cut, a residency project exploring themes of social expression and the acts of self-care centred around their practice of hairdressing.

Taking the form of a sculptural installation and events programme, haircuts and client interviews will be gathered to create sound and sculptural artworks.
Their salon will be central to the installation as the barber’s chair becomes an axis for discussion and art making.

Visitors will be offered free haircuts in exchange for stories and cuts of hair, which will be transformed into both sound and sculptural installation throughout the duration of the residency.

John continued: “This project focuses on hair as social expression and an act of self-care while using this to open discussions of wider systems, such as the reproduction of art, communities and cities.

“A number of events and workshops will take place throughout the residency, including haircutting workshops, a private hair salon, roundtable discussions and sound performances.”

Following on from Cut, on 24 May Hull-based artist Ella Dorton will present her first major project at Humber Street Gallery.

Working with found fabrics and paint, the artist composes portraits that reflect the people of Hull. This work will see Ella develop a series of large-scale fabric collages depicting individuals and groups of people from her local neighbourhood.

Creative Director and Chief Executive of Absolutely Cultured, Katy Fuller, said: “It’s a really exciting time for Humber Street Gallery. It has an important role in Hull to help bring world-class contemporary art to the city and ensure we continue to build on the incredible artistic and cultural foundations we have nurtured over recent years.

“We’re delighted to welcome Athena to the gallery and to our city. During frequent visits here, she has uncovered local stories and mythologies, which she has infused into the exhibition’s narrative. This I have no doubt will prove fascinating to both local visitors and those coming to the gallery from further afield.”

The gallery’s programme will also include a number of new events for younger visitors, such as Early Bods.

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Hull Truck Theatre give 800 local children the Gift of Theatre in 2019

The Give the Gift of Theatre appeal has raised £8,000 following the generous support of donors and corporate partners. This scheme offers them an important opportunity to create lasting memories with classmates, peers and in some cases, family members. Working in partnership with Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University to allocate the tickets, the initiative gives children from disadvantaged communities the chance to enjoy a unique learning experience.

For the first time ever, donations for the appeal were doubled thanks to match-funding made available through Arts Council England’s fundraising and capacity building initiative, Catalyst.

Davide Calogero, Director of Development at Hull Truck Theatre, said:

“The fundraising campaign has been a huge success and exceeded all expectations. We were originally aiming to raise in the region of £3,000 but have gone way above and beyond this figure, giving twice as many children the opportunity to visit the theatre during 2019. With the incentive of doubling donations via the Arts Council it means it’s been a really attractive concept for donors. Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University have been integral in delivering this scheme in previous years and we look forward to working with them again in 2019.”

Natasha Barley, Director of Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University, said:


“The opportunity for children to visit the theatre and see a live show can inspire a love of performance that means they will be more likely to attend the theatre throughout their lives. It may also inspire them to think about careers in this industry. The quality of the productions at Hull Truck are always of a very high standard and the children love the whole experience.”

Schools including Newington Academy benefited from receiving an allocation of Give the Gift of Theatre tickets during 2018. Their classes were able to enjoy a festive production of Oliver Twist.

Jazmin Lambert, 9 from Newington Academy, said:

“I enjoyed the show a lot. Finding out the life of an orphan and how an orphan might have lived and their struggles. It was fun and educational”.

Hull Truck is a Registered Charity (Registered Charity No.269645).

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3 New Shows now on sale

There’ll be plenty of music and laughter with the latest trio of events on sale this week at Hull Theatres.

The ever popular LOL Comedy Club continues its monthly showcases at Hull City Hall adding events in April, May, June and July to those previously announced. Bringing the best live stand-up from across the UK direct to Hull, each show boasts four outstanding comics plus MC Damion Larkin who was once championed as ‘one of the country’s top new comedians’ by the BBC.

Continuing the comedy theme with world-class musicianship thrown into the mix is the one and only Horne Section with their one and only 2019 tour which stops off at Hull City Hall on 2 October.

Five outstanding musicians, one non-musical stand up, there’ll be comedy, songs, enthusiastic dancing and a lot of mucking about. A unique show from the hugely talented band and Alex Horne, the creator and co-host of The Bafta and Emmy nominated Taskmaster, which won Best Entertainment Show at last year’s Broadcast Awards.

The music plays on with Some Guys Have All The Luck, which following its hugely successful debut at Hull City Hall this year, returns to the venue on 10 January 2020. A fantastic theatrical production celebrating the career of one of rock’s greatest icons, Rod Stewart – from street busker through to international superstar – the show features all the hits from Rod’s incredible career, including Maggie May, Baby Jane, Do Ya’ Think I’m Sexy, Sailing, You’re In My Heart, Tonight’s The Night, Stay With Me and Twistin’ The Night Away.