Make no mistake, Hull has always been a city of culture. Nowhere is this more apparent than our eclectic year-long Creative Communities Programme.
Set up to celebrate existing artists and develop new talent, these projects are pretty special.
They shine a light on communities across the city this year and beyond. They also give everyone, in every corner of the city – and of all ages – the chance to participate in Hull 2017.
Our picture gallery takes a look back at some of the projects so far:
Art In The Park, a free festival of outdoor art and celebration of nature in Pickering Park, west Hull.
Our Street, Our Stage, as part of Newland Avenue’s unique annual theatre festival, Assemble Fest, this outdoor production celebrated and told the story of the busy west Hull street.
Mad Pride: Breaking Free exhibition and Puppet Workshop, part of an ongoing series of events in various locations that aim to use arts and culture to help break down barriers around mental health.
Culture Of 5, Hull’s Alive, ongoing musical theatre performances by adults with disabilities and professional performers in Hull city centre and at Preston Road Freedom Centre, in east Hull.
The Electric Fence, a powerful, thought-provoking installation created as a response to LBGT hate crime. Inside Hull Minster, city centre.
Fishing Heritage Art Exhibition, an authentic and engaging 17-day festival to celebrate Hull’s fishing heritage, this took place in the heart of Hull’s former fishing community, Hessle Road, west Hull.
Greatfield 60 Years On, a range of exhibitions and a street party that took place on east Hull’s Greatfield estate as residents marked its 60th anniversary.
Hidden Voices, a city-centre exhibition at St Mary’s Church by and for the homeless community who visit the church.
(In)visible Dancing, a mass dance “flashmob” project that took place in Hull city centre over two weeks, building to huge, open-air finale.
Not Forgotten Town, a music video celebrating and starring the people of Hull … and Hull’s own Henry Priestman, of The Christians, whose song Forgotten Town inspired this reworked version.
Oak Road Festival, a multicultural celebration that was inspired by an historic avant garde art movement that was based in the north Hull park and lake area.
Park Life, pupils at Sirius Academy West teamed up with Hull theatre company Silent Uproar and writer Lydia Marchant for this outdoor promenade performance in Pickering Park, west Hull.
The People Of Priory, forget Glastonbury, Priory Primary School became a festival site for a day for this celebration of live music, art and creativity that invited the whole community to get involved.
Playing The Bridge, people were invited to become “sound explorers” for this tuneful project that turned Hull’s unique Scale Lane Bridge into a musical instrument.
Pop-Up Playhouse: Hansel and Gretel, a Holderness Road shop unit in the heart of east Hull was another venue that underwent a transformation… into a playhouse that hosted this captivating piece of children’s theatre.
Pride In Hull, a spectacular week of events took place for the very first UK Pride, including a parade, film programme, photography, a play and more.
Reading Rooms, this shared reading programme takes place in Hull’s libraries to help people connect with each other, stories and poems.
The Big Gig, a fabulous band line-up came together for this inclusive Pearson Park music festival. It was set up as a safe space for those with (and without) learning disabilities and their families.
Tiger Rags – The Fabric Of Hull City AFC, this ongoing exhibition began as a private collection of player-worn Hull City kits… and grew to become a visual history of the football club’s identity and culture.
We Are The Future, musicians, dancers and actors aged 8-25 performed a huge-scale theatrical showcase at Hull City Hall for this collaboration between the Northern Academy of Performing Arts and Hull Music Service.
Wired Differently, for this play, a group of teenagers looked at what it’s like to be young and living in Hull with special educational needs. Created and performed by pupils at Ganton School, in collaboration with Broccolily Theatre.