Hull 2017 Highlights: 18 – 24 Nov

Hull Noir Crime Fiction Festival Weekend

18 – 19 Nov, 10am. (£10 – £75)
Britannia Royal Hotel

This Saturday and Sunday sees Hull Noir open the debate on crime fiction and its relation to Hull. Expect panels exploring the city and the genre’s links to our Icelandic neighbours, plus the work of Brit noir pioneer, Ted Lewis. Crime aficionados, don’t miss this. We’ve got more crime fiction specialists than you can shake a stick at: Martina Cole, John Connolly and Nick Quantrill to name but a few.

Hull Jazz Festival

18 Nov, 2pm, 5pm, 7.30pm. (£6 – £20)
Hull City Hall

Hull Jazz Festival’s 25th anniversary has brought in contemporary jazz heavyweights all week and the weekend rounds off an exceptional seven days of music. On Saturday gather the family and head to Zoe Gilby’s Family Jazz All-Stars for a tribute to jazz greats from down the years. After, head to Nu Civilisation Orchestra’s A Journey With The Giants Of Jazz to see a special commissioned piece. Closing the festival in spectacular style is GoGo Penguin. Expect captivating precision as they perform their new score Koyaanisqatsi and As Above So Below, their J-Night commissioned tribute to Hull’s own Basil Kirchin.

Hull Real Ale & Cider Festival

16 – 18 Nov, 12pm. (£1)
Hull Minster

Real ale lovers unite! Hull’s Real Ale & Cider is back and it’s a steal too – entry is £5 today (Friday) and free on Saturday, with only £1 refundable glass charge for entry. Experience the brewing industry’s growing diversity with over 130 different cask ales and ciders on offer, including plenty of locally-sourced brews. There’s food too, to soak up the drink, plus the finest in local entertainment and locally-produced crafts.

Hear in Hull

17 – 18 Nov, 10am. (Free)
St. Stephens Shopping Centre

If you’re getting a bit of Christmas shopping done in St. Stephens Shopping Centre this weekend, keep an eye out for exhibition Hear in Hull. This Creative Communities exhibition is coming straight to the heart of the city centre with a body of work that looks at stammering. Artlink Centre for Community Arts, in partnership with Humber NHS Foundation Trust, have been exploring these unique voices and building confidence through art. The exhibition, featuring portraits by Hull College students, will challenge our own perceptions and make us pause for thought.

French Film Festival: Abrahadabra and Aurore

19 Nov, 2pm & 4.30pm (£4 – £6)
University of Hull

Feeling international? BFI and Film Hub North bring French Film Festival UK to Hull over the coming weeks, sharing beautiful international cinema. Catch Abrahadabra, a poetic tale of loss, shot on a combination of camera and tablet, which follows 14-year-old Jane as she’s plunged into waking dream. Warm-hearted, charming Aurore offers a tale of new beginnings out of misfortune as Aurore finds herself at a crossroads. For film buffs, this month’s Short Film City Hull (20 Nov) is not to be missed either – they present the best of Leeds’ International Film Festival shorts.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

21 – 25 Nov, 2.30pm, 7.30pm.
Hull New Theatre

The Olivier award-winning West End show is coming to Hull. Telling the true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, the show is a celebratory excess of Carole King’s greatest hits. Feel good musical theatre and a certified mid-week boost, what’s not to love?

Singing City – One World

24 Nov, 7.30pm. (£6 – £8)
Jubilee Church

Award-winning songwriter and composer Helen Yeomans is bringing One World to Hull. This musical theatre performance combines original songs, spoken word, choreography and percussion to moving effect, leaving a lasting impact on audiences. The performances in Hull have been especially adapted, featuring specially commissioned pieces from local artists and performance from the City of Hull Youth Choir. Head down to see what can be achieved with collaboration.