August saw thousands of people flock to Hull to attend Freedom Festival, a major annual arts festival. The festival was first established in 2007 to mark the 200th anniversary of Wilberforce’s Slave Trade Act 1807 which prohibited the slave trade in the British Empire.
Over 9 days in August, thousands of people travelled to Hull to attend Freedom Festival, a major annual arts festival celebrating Hull’s links with anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce.
The Freedom Festival, which started on 26th August and ended on 4 September, featured street theatre, art and music at various indoor and outdoor locations across the city.
More than 350 individual artists, musicians and creatives performed across the festival and organisers say this brought a more diverse audience to this year’s offerings. European musicians included the drumming band, Drom from Belgium, who performed alongside a roster of local, national and international artists which included French street dance troop, Cie Dyptik who performed in Zebedee’s Yard, near Prince’s Quay Shopping Center.
After these successes, organisers have already confirmed 25th August – 3rd September 2023 as the dates for next year’s festivities.