Hull 2017 Highlights: 15 – 21 July

Costa del Wiv. Photo © Richie Culver.


Until Friday 1 September, from 10am. Free. Whitefriargate, Hull city centre.

Transport yourself to the seaside in this commissioned visual art piece dedicated to Withernsea, a small seaside resort situated 20 miles north of Hull.

Plastered down Whitefriargate in Hull city centre, Costa del Wiv explores artist Richie Culver’s relationship to his home town of Withernsea in a bid to showcase its hidden gems and make the town great again. After all, who doesn’t love the ocean, golden sands and arcades?


Saturday 15 July, from 11am. Free. East Park, Holderness Road, Hull, HU8 8JU.

What’s life like for a police officer? Find out at this family fun day with Humberside Police, celebrating Hull’s emergency services.

Participate in a physical fitness test, answer mock 999 calls and try your hand at being a detective for a day by solving the clues to a mysterious crime. With plenty of activities, stalls, police vehicles and refreshments, it’s set to be a great day out for the whole family.


Saturday 15 July, from 8.45am. £12. Hull City Hall, Queen Victoria Square, Hull city centre, HU1 3RQ.

Join in with a spectacular day of singing workshops and group performances as some of the UK’s top vocal workshop leaders arrive in Hull.

Featuring the likes of PRS for Music resident composer Jason Singh, The Acafellas’ Dave Camlin and Joyful Noise’s Sharon Durant covering everything from beat boxing to gospel music and song making, the day starts with a “big sing” before building towards a unique outdoor performance in Queen Victoria Square. Workshops will be available for the deaf, and BSL interpretation will also be available for the mass performances.

Sofar Sounds Hull Secret Gigs.


Wednesday 19 July, 7.30pm. Pay what you decide. Secret location.

Sofar Sounds returns to Hull with another intimate gig held in a secret city-centre location. Talented musicians do their thing in a laid-back space packed with an audience of music devotees, with the focus being on musicianship, respect towards the artists and living in the moment.

To get in on the action, apply for your ticket online and you’ll receive an email asking you to confirm your place with a small donation. Bring a friend as your “plus one” and prepare for a top night.


Thursday 20 July, 7pm. £6-£12. Middleton Hall, University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull, HU6 7RX.

This week, the National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) brings its latest production Tarantiseismic to Middleton Hall and you won’t want to miss it.

Created by current guest artistic director Damien Jalet, this innovative piece of theatre combines themes of melancholia, ritual, control and abandon with the unflinching energy of the 39 talented young dancers taking part.

Having gained a reputation for shaping some of the UK’s brightest dance talent, NYDC has worked alongside budding young dancers from Hull and the East Riding to produce an additional piece of dance theatre that will also be performed on the night.


Thursday 20 July, 7.30pm. £6-£7. Vue Cinema, Princes Quay Shopping Centre, Hull city centre, HU1 2PQ.

LGBT 50 is just around the corner and kicking things off is the first screening of the Pride in Hull Film Festival in collaboration with Hull Independent Cinema, celebrating the best LGBT+ cinema from around the world.

Tom of Finland tells the story of Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer who returns home from the horrors of WWII to distressing scenes of homophobic persecution, tarnishing life in peacetime Finland. Touko finds refuge in creating liberating artworks featuring homoerotic drawings of men, and his work went on to become an emblem of a generation of homosexual men.

Discover more LGBT+ cinema at the Pride in Hull Film Festival.


Friday 21 July, 8pm. £14. Mortimer Suite, Hull City Hall, Queen Victoria Square, Hull city centre, HU1 3RQ.

Hull’s hilarious LOL Comedy Club welcomes us in for another evening of belly laughs with some of the UK’s best up-and-coming comedians. Entertaining us this month is self-deprecating African comedian Daliso Chaponda, observational comedian Pete Phillipson, provocative funny man Scott Capurro and Northern cheeky chap Chris Washington.

MC Damion Larkin is the man behind this monthly dose of comedy, which has previously seen the likes of Jason Manford, John Bishop, Russel Howard and Sarah Millican hone their comedy skills before going on to become world-class comedians.