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Concert to celebrate proud Hull–Freetown relationship

The relationship between Hull and its twin city Freetown in Sierra Leone is to be celebrated this summer at a diverse concert showcasing the rich musical history of the two cities.

Hull Transforming Lives In Freetown takes place on Saturday 12 August at KCOM Craven Park, previously known as the Lightstream Stadium.

The diverse concert has been put together by Freetown Mix and Jive Express, and is supported by Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

Hull has a proud history of supporting its twin city in Sierra Leone, which spans decades.

The event – part of Hull 2017’s Creative Communities Programme – will also feature real stories about the people of Freetown whose lives have been transformed beyond recognition because of support received from Hull-based individuals and organisations.

Hull Transforming Lives In Freetown organiser, Reverend Lansford Penn-Timity, said: “The concert will be a mixture of English rock’n’roll and African traditional music. It will be an experience of a lifetime to have such diversity in one concert. It is going to be amazing, exciting and historic. Come and be a part of Hull’s rich past, present and future relationship with our twin city, Freetown.”

Hull’s relationship with Freetown, and other international partners, has allowed an open exchange of knowledge, ideas and culture enabling Hull to become a city global in ambition.

The concert will be a mixture of English rock’n’roll and African traditional music.
– Reverend Lansford Penn-Timity, organiser, Hull Transforming Lives In Freetown

The show aims to provoke discussion around how we further strengthen existing bonds and create new opportunities for mutual cultural enrichment.

Martin Green, CEO and director of Hull 2017, added: “Hull’s long-standing relationship with Freetown may not be well known but it is certainly worth finding out about. This is just one of 60 fantastic events going on this year as part of the Creative Communities Programme.”

This is one of a number of events taking place throughout the year reflecting and celebrating the close links between Hull and Freetown including How Do You Have a Happy Life? and Hull–Freetown.

Councillor Daren Hale, deputy leader of Hull City Council, said: “The connection between Hull and Freetown is an important one, which has historically worked to strengthen the commercial, educational and cultural links between the two cities. This twinning link has a long and prestigious history and events like this will ensure it continues into the future.”

The concert will take place at the Legend Suite, KCOM Lightstream Stadium, at Craven Park from 6.30pm to 9.30pm (doors open at 5pm). There will be refreshments available and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are free but must be booked in advance. Tickets are available from 10am, Friday 12 May. 

Hull Transforming Lives In Freetown is one of 60 new projects to receive funding through the Hull 2017 Creative Communities Programme, which is being delivered in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund, a Principal Partner of Hull 2017.