Hull 2017 Highlights: 1 – 7 July

Hull Film Festival

Until Sunday 9 July. £5 – £9. Various venues.

Join Hull Film Festival in its fourth year as it celebrates the best in independent film. The festival brings a programme of exclusive and internationally acclaimed pictures to the city in this two-week programme, offering audiences the chance to delve into a world of foreign language, documentary, cult, much-loved classic and short films.

The festival is presenting an array of special events, including the BAFTA-nominated shorts collection and Yorkshire Silent Film with live score.


Paper City

Until Sunday 9 July. Free. Fruit Market, Hull.

Ten days celebrating colour and the freedom to play – installations by some of the most exciting creative minds from the worlds of contemporary art, design and architecture – using the specialist coloured paper, Colorplan, from Hull company G . F Smith.

Spaces and places in and around Fruit Market have been transformed by this event, where leading artists and designers have been invited to play with the most fundamental creative material – paper.


 PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial

Friday 30 – Sunday 2 July. Free. Various venues.

Taking place across two festival weekends in July 2017 (one in Hull and another at London’s Southbank Centre) and then broadcast by BBC Radio 3, explosions of sound will erupt across Hull city centre in a series of bite-sized performances.

Each composer has created a 15-minute piece of music, including a number of new commissions for the festival. These will be performed in venues across the city. The pieces will be performed twice, with a short Q&A session with the composer between the performances.

The entire festival is free to attend, but if you book your tickets now you will guarantee entry to these incredible one-off events.


Oak Road Festival

Saturday 1 July, 12pm. Free. Oak Road Playing Fields, Beverley Road, Hull.

Students from the multinational Learning Sanctuary at Rise Academy are producing a free, cultural festival to celebrate their unity for City of Culture.

The festival adopts the theme of freedom, which creates an awareness of the collaboration between learners of different nationalities. They will plan and produce the arts festival close to the Oak Road boathouse, in north Hull, which led an avant-garde arts movement that challenged rules and promoted artistic creation. The festival will host a display of music, arts, crafts and multicultural cuisine, around the beauty of the forgotten Oak Road Lake.


(In)visible Dancing

Saturday 1 July, 3pm. Free. Jameson Street, Hull.

This two-week dance residency culminates in a spectacular grand finale performance on Saturday 1 July. Be sure to join us in Jameson Street, Hull city centre, from 3pm. This joyous and unique celebration of Hull promises to be an experience to remember.

Protein Dance has been performing its acclaimed outdoor show (In)visible Dancing as part of Hull 2017. In its 12th edition, this much-loved outdoor event has been specially commissioned for the people of Hull. The company rehearses and performs with locally based talent, which makes this performance truly something special. Featuring live music (including a sousaphone!) the streets have been coming to life as Protein animates the city centre with dance, theatre and drama.


Jeff Lynne’s ELO

Saturday 1 July, 5pm. £35. KCOM Stadium, Hull.

Globally renowned rock group ELO perform a headline concert at the KCOM Stadium following 1 million sales of their latest release ‘All Over The World – The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra’ in 2016, the band is expected to wow fans with a breathtaking live performance fusing rock, pop and classical music.


Tiger Rags – The Fabric of Hull City AFC

Monday 3 July – Monday 2 October. Free. Streetlife Museum of Transport, Old Town, Hull.

Opening this week is a public exhibition of player worn Hull City kits and memorabilia that will tell the story of the club’s visual identity and its integral place in Hull culture.

A collaboration between amateur collectors, the Hull City Supporters’ Trust (HCST) and the Streetlife Museum, this project will explore the city’s connection to the colours black and amber. Celebrating how football brings together people from all backgrounds, supporters will be encouraged to share reminiscences evoked by a collection of black and amber garb. Former players will describe what wearing club colours meant to them, and workshops will be held for children to design new kits.


The Electric Fence

Tuesday 4 July – Saturday 30 September. Free. Hull Minster, Hull.

Hate crime is an ominous, prevailing presence in our society. The Electric Fence encourages us to examine the perceptions, challenges and preconceptions that impact us all and compel us to turn to face them.

Borders, barriers and warning signs have come to be a part of our everyday life, but are we being kept out, or is something being kept in?

A bold, visceral confrontation, this thought-provoking installation appears “live”, providing a powerful and macabre reminder of our own latent potential. Stark and unforgettable, The Electric Fence awaits you…


Larkin: New Eyes Each Year

Wednesday 5 July – Sunday 1 October. Free. Brynmor Jones Library, University of Hull.

This biographical exhibition at the University of Hull, where Larkin spent three decades as Librarian, lifts the lid on the life of one of Hull’s most influential creatives.

Featuring his love of music, unseen letters, photography and personal possessions, Larkin: New Eyes Each Year explores connections between Larkin’s life and work in Hull, and the writing that led to him being described as Britain’s best-loved poet.

The wider exhibition programme includes artists’ responses to Larkin’s life and work, and questions about how we choose to present ourselves now.


BBC Radio 3 Big Chamber Weekend

Friday 7 – Sunday 9 July, 3pm & 6pm. £5 – £10. Middleton Hall, University of Hull.

Pianist Anna Tilbrook, tenor James Gilchrist, the Sacconi Quarter and friends join the BBC at the University of Hull’s Middleton Hall for a Big Chamber Weekend. Four concerts celebrating the city’s musical, cultural and political heritage, with music from Schubert, Britten and the debut of a new work by David Bednall – set to words by the Hull-born poet Andrew Marvell.

The four concerts will be presented by Petroc Trelawney and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in October. Each performance is preceded by a lecture from University of Hull academics, putting the theme of the concert in context.