Cultural Highlights: 20 – 26 Jan

Grains of Scandalous Blue + Big Picture

Sat 20 Jan – Sun 25 Feb (Free)
Humber Street Gallery

Throughout 2017 and beyond we’ve heard how brilliant the Hull 2017 volunteers are – and we couldn’t agree more. To honour and celebrate this important community two exhibitions, Grains of Scandalous Blue and Big Picture, have taken over Humber Street Gallery.

Artist Julia Vogl has delved into the data of the volunteer experience to create a striking colour field and an installation featuring hundreds of glass jars of sand. And if you’ve got a taste for volunteering you can even step into their shoes and try on a scandalous blue jacket.

Photographer Leo Francis offers up an exuberant series of photographs from a variety of extraordinary locations, including an incredibly cold winter’s morning at sunrise on the Humber Bridge. The photos, full of energy much like the volunteers themselves, are bold and ambitious.

These two exhibitions jubilantly come together to celebrate not just the volunteer cohort as a community, but to praise the individuality and spirit of each volunteer – and they truly deserve it.

Cultural Highlights: 20 - 26 Jan

Humber Street Market

Sun 21 Jan, 11am – 4pm (Free)

If you find yourself by Hull Marina this weekend make sure you stop by Früit, who host their monthly market. You’ll find dozens of local market traders and plenty of street food to fill your boots before sampling the countless craft beers on offer. Whiling away a few hours in the decidedly chilled atmosphere of Früit is a decent way to spend any Sunday.


Tue 23 Jan, 7.30pm (£6-£7)
Vue Cinema Hull

Cate Blanchett is a tour de force in this film that sees her play 13 characters in a captivating exploration of philosophy. The film blurs the lines between cinema and installation, stitching together speeches from renowned philosophers compellingly.

Watch on as Blanchett powerfully assumes the role of a homeless man, a puppeteer (complete with miniature look-alike puppet) and factory worker amongst a number of roles. These declarations from the likes of Karl Marx and Sol LeWitt reflect the voice of a generation, the film serving as an expression of the wish to change the world through art.

Brennan Reece: Everlong

Thu 25 Jan, 8pm (£5-£6)
Kardomah 94

Brennan Reece returns to Hull with his show Everlong, following on from a sold-out UK and Australian tour and a seriously successful stint at Ed Fringe. The Edinburgh best newcomer nominee’s show covers a lot of ground – the night skies, memories and… his Nanna. An idiosyncratic delivery and a flowing narrative make his performance a joy, which the intimacy of Kardomah lends itself to perfectly, so get your tickets now.


Thu 25 Jan, 8pm (£6)
The New Adelphi Club

Leeds five-piece Autobahn return to Hull with their brooding, guitar-laden sound. Unashamedly post-punk, The Guardian writes “there is a dark delight in [the] despair and doom”. Supported by Hull’s own Lumer, that owns a sound so frenetic, they claim it’s on the verge of losing control, plus No Nothings, this night is going to get loud. But, if you’re looking for something with a bit of funk and a disco shine head to Residents Association Friday night instead, and dance your way into the weekend.

The Culture

Fri 26 Jan – Sat 17 Feb (£15-£22.50)
Hull Truck Theatre

The playwright and University of Hull alumni James Graham can do no wrong at the minute – political comedy Labour of Love proved a hit on the West End, as did Ink, a look into the founding of The Sun newspaper at the Almeida Theatre. Now we’ve invited James Graham to turn his attention to… us!

Set in our office on Lowgate on the day of the ceremonial handover to Coventry 2021, a chance misunderstanding snowballs, sending the team into crisis. The comedy, authentic in every way possible, has been written following hours of interview with Hull 2017 staff and volunteers. As for the props, our office is missing a fair few desks and a volunteer charter… Don’t miss your chance to have a chuckle at some of our more farcical moments – we’ll see you there.

The Culture in rehearsal