Fundraising support is massive vote of confidence in Hull

With just under a week to go until we announce our programme for season one, Made in Hull, we’re delighted to share an update on how much funding has been raised to produce our year-long cultural celebration.

Following the successful bid in 2013, the Hull 2017 Culture Company – the charity established to deliver the Hull 2017 programme – set a funding target of £18 million.

Building on Hull City Council’s £3.6 million investment as Host City, we have secured a total of £32m to develop a 365 day programme of cultural events and activities taking place in every neighbourhood across the city.

Including the council and support from the 22 Bid Angels, a total of 61 partners have demonstrated the confidence they have in Hull being UK City of Culture 2017.

It’s a massive vote of confidence in Hull and supports the ambition to use culture to transform lives. – Martin Green

Martin Green, CEO and Director of Hull 2017, said: “We have been blown away by the high levels of support for Hull UK City of Culture. It’s a massive vote of confidence in Hull and supports the ambition to use culture to transform lives and further raise the city’s profile as place to visit, study, invest in and do business with.”

The funding for Hull 2017 enables it not only to deliver an unparalleled year of culture, but to fulfil the commitment to ensure everyone living in the city has the opportunity to participate.

68 per cent of the funding is dedicated to public facing activities, programming dozens of cultural events in every corner of the city, with a further 11 per cent for legacy and contingency supporting existing events so they can grow, staging curtain-raiser events and developing future programming for after 2017.

Alongside this, we’re also investing £5 million in volunteering, learning and community engagement. The learning programme No Limits for example, launching in October, will give over 60,000 children and young people across the city the opportunity to play their part.

The volunteering programme has so far signed up more than 2,000 people, offering opportunities to be at the heart of the action. We are also supporting activities aimed at reducing social isolation and getting people more active.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Stephen Brady said: “This is a great vote of confidence in Hull and the 2017 team, led by Martin Green. It will allow the city to stage a truly spectacular year of cultural events and to maximise the economic benefits, with £60 million expected to flow into our local economy as a direct result of hosting UK City of Culture 2017.

“I’d like to thank all of the funders and partners who have backed Hull as we look forward with pride to the launch next week.”

Find out more about our partners and supporters.

The programme for season one and highlights from the rest of the year will be announced on Thursday 22 September.