Freedom Festival and The People’s Tower need you!

Freedom Festival is seeking thousands of participants to help build The People’s Tower – ­­an impressive 10 metre structure that is to be assembled using only human power and cardboard boxes. Can you help create something extraordinary?

Q: What is The People’s Tower?

The concept of The People’s Tower has been taken around the word by its creator, French artist Olivier Grossetête, appearing at locations including Glastonbury Festival, Sydney Festival and Marseilles European Capital of Culture 2013.  The People’s Tower will now be built in Hull, as part of the city’s biggest festival event, held over the weekend of 2nd-4th September.

The giant structure will be erected in Queens Gardens with the help of thousands of people of all ages, before the building is brought down again as part of celebrations on the final day of the festival. ­

Q: Exactly how, when and where can I get involved?

The People’s Tower will be built in Queens Gardens over the festival weekend, with some pre-build work taking place beforehand – this is your chance to get involved and join in the fun.

Freedom Festival is looking for people to sign up in advance for the first two phases of the build:

Phase 1 – Pre-festival workshops

4x workshops are being held 10am-4pm at Hull School of Art & Design on the following days:

  • Tuesday 30th August
  • Wednesday 31st August
  • Thursday 1st September
  • Friday 2nd September

Between 15 and 30 workshop participants are being sought for each day to help create the ‘bricks’ needed for the Tower build across the weekend. 

Phase 2 – Tower construction in Queens Gardens

Everyone’s invited to join in the build of the Tower, 12pm-5pm on Saturday 3rd September in Queens Gardens.

Sign up here to get involved with phase 1 or 2 (or both!), and be part of something extraordinary.

Phase 3 – The topple of the Tower!

The finishing touches of the build followed by the topple of the tower will take place on the Sunday of the festival in Queens Gardens, 11am-5pm, with a full programme of music and entertainment taking place alongside the build. No need to sign up for this stage – just turn up and join in the fun.

Mikey Martins, chief executive and artistic director, Freedom Festival Arts Trust said: “We’re so excited to bring The People’s Tower to Hull; I’ve experienced it at locations around the world and the atmosphere and sheer joy it generates is astonishing.

“The collaboration is where the magic happens, not just over the weekend but in the lead-up to the festival during our workshop sessions. Anyone who can spare some free time to join us will get to be part of something truly extraordinary.”

Freedom Festival, the city’s flagship festival which launched in 2007 to commemorate anti-slavery pioneer William Wilberforce, will illuminate city streets with theatre, music, dance, spoken word and much more across the weekend of 2nd-4th September. Full programme details are available at