HULL 2017 HIGHLIGHTS: 13 – 19 May


Saturday 13 May, 10am-4pm. Free. Museums Quarter, High Street, Hull.

Have you ever wondered what life was like in the Middle Ages?  In celebration of International Hanse Day, our High Street and Museums Quarter will be bustling with medieval merriment. Step back in time and meet our medieval townsfolk from the baker and candlestick maker to the incense trader, and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of Hull’s Hanseatic past! Song, dance, storytelling and crafts activities can be enjoyed by all the family. New for this years’ event is a mini medieval farm with its own livestock.


Until Sunday 14 May. Free. Hull Maritime Museum, Queen Victoria Square, Hull.

Take another moment to appreciate Poppies: Weeping Window this weekend, as this stunning installation of ceramic cascading poppies from Hull Maritime Museum leaves Queen Victoria Square on Sunday. The exhibition will continue to tour to selected locations around the UK, including The Silk Mill in Derby, Y Senedd, The National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff; and Ulster Museum, before arriving at both Imperial War Museum North and Imperial War Museum London in the autumn of 2018.


Sunday 14 May, 11.30am & 1.30pm. £2.50/£5. Hull Central Library, Albion Street, Hull.

Choreographed by Colette Sadler, We Are The Monsters is a playful dance performance adapted for children aged four to eight, which can equally be enjoyed by adult audiences. Set within a landscape of cardboard boxes, mischievous monster figures in all shapes and sizes appear, disappear and come out to play. You’ll also have a chance to meet the weird and wonderful monsters after the show! We Are The Monsters runs as part of Transgression: Breaking The Rules contemporary dance festival curated by Hull Dance. The programme continues throughout the weekend and showcases dynamic live performances, workshops, talks and debates on contemporary dance at various venues around Hull.


Sunday 14 May, 11am. £0-£3.50. Hessle, various locations.

To mark the 25th year of Hessle West Open Gardens, up to 23 private gardens will be open to welcome visitors this weekend. This is a one-off opportunity to visit numerous bespoke gardens with beautiful horticultural displays, planting schemes, outdoor art displays and music recitals in the gardens. Tickets can be purchased at any of the open gardens.


Monday 15  to Wednesday 17 May, 7.30pm-£9.30pm. £4. Fruit, Humber Street, Hull.

Tickets are selling fast for this year’s Pint Of Science festival, pictured, which delivers interesting and relevant talks on the latest science research in an accessible format – all in welcoming, informal venues. Providing a platform where people can have a drink and discuss research with the people who carry it out, it is run mainly by volunteers.

Talks include: Journey Inside The Human Body 15 May, Fruit; Future Of Planet Nature16 May, The Deep; Animal Madness16 May, The Deep; and Here On Planet Earth16 May, The Deep.


Tuesday 16 May, 7.30pm. £6/£7. Hull Truck Theatre, Ferensway , Hull.

I Am Not Your Negro (cert 12A) is a radical documentary based on an unfinished manuscript from James Baldwin, an American intellectual, writer and playwright, who often explored racial and social issues in his many works. During the final years of his life, Baldwin was researching a book he planned to call Remember This House, in which he would profile three assassinated civil rights leaders: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. Through incorporating a rich array of archival material, Baldwin’s original words and narration from Samuel L Jackson, the result is a compelling examination of black history that connects the Civil Rights movement to the present #BlackLivesMatter campaign.

This screening will be hosted by  writer and gal-dem editor Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff  and author and co-founding editor of the James Baldwin Review, Douglas Field.

This is a pre-festival screening ahead of  Where Are We Now? festival, in partnership with Hull Independent Cinema.


Thursday 18 May, 7.30pm.  £6/£7. VUE Cinema, Princes Quay shopping centre, Hull.

Hull Independent Cinema and Pride In Hull present The Handmaiden (Director’s Cut, cert 18) – a sensual, Japanese language psychological thriller loosely adapted from the novel Fingersmith by British author, Sarah Waters.

Having modified the story from Victorian England to 1930s colonial Korea under Japanese rule, South Korean director Park Chan-Wook, delivers a multi award-winning crime drama of love and betrayal. The story follows a new girl, Sook-hee, who is arriving to serve as handmaiden to a young Japanese lady. She is involved in a secret plot to steal her mistress’ inheritance, however her intentions are complicated by the development of unexpected emotions. The Handmaiden is recognised as milestone of LGBT cinema in conservative South Korea.