Hull 2017 Highlights: 2 – 8 Sep

There’s lots to see and do in the coming days, and this weekend will be a busy one. Freedom Festival is rolling out a glorious programme of events, talks and performances – a veritable feast of culture. Highlights include the official opening show Les Girafes, a procession of giant giraffes making their way through the city to the beat of live music that is sure to be mesmerising.

Hip hop dance company Southpaw will bring critically acclaimed mass dance piece Rush to the city too, collaborating with local communities to make it unique for Hull. There are science tents courtesy of the University of Hull and there’s even the opportunity to experience Mammalian Diving Reflex’s Haircuts by Children. Don’t miss Freedom Festival this weekend, and take your pick of the line-up from one of Hull’s most celebrated and diverse festivals.

In Conversation – Blair Imani and Bob and Roberta Smith

3 Sep, 2.30pm (Free)
Hull School of Art & Design

Contemporary artist Bob and Roberta Smith’s exhibition This is a Freedom of Expression Centre, part of Look Up, has been impressing audiences, encouraging debate and welcoming creative and critical thought this summer. Now Bob and Roberta Smith is back with Black Lives Matter activist Blair Imani to discuss the wider issues of freedom and protest. What does the power of protest achieve? What can we do to provoke change? All of this and more is up for debate. Get yourself down to Hull School of Art & Design and join the conversation.

I Love The Deep

2 – 3 Sep, 10am (£10.50 – £49.50)
The Deep

Another one for families – The Deep have created their very own craft corner where you can express your favourite things about the aquarium, after an exploration of the incredible aquatic history on offer. Prehistoric seas, tropical lagoons, vast open oceans, kingdoms of ice, and imagined futures all feature, topped off by a brilliant array of marine life. It’s definitely time to get creative.

Sound and Vision Project

2 Sep, 11am and 3 Sep, 12pm (Free)
Freedom Festival, Queens Gardens

Over the holidays community-based project Sound and Vision has been creating installations with young people across the east, west and north of the city. These installations, housed in tipis, have been a hotbed for creativity and artist Sarah Daniels and Donna Smith are complementing these installations with creative and musical workshops. Perfect for families, there’s still time to catch a session and appreciate the installation – Freedom Festival will play host to Sound and Vision in Queens Garden this weekend.

Counting Sheep – Guerrilla Opera

30 Aug – 2 Sep, varies (£15 – £17.50)
Queens Gardens Festival Tent

Be part of an audience at the heart of a revolution in this epic experience – it’s musical theatre but not as you know it. This re-enactment of the Maidan revolution in Ukraine will pull you into the protest and you’ll soon find yourself swept up in the emotion and adrenalin of it all. Freedom Festival brings this exhilarating theatre to Hull, specially adapted for the city in 2017. A sell-out show at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, let yourself be pulled into the beating heart of protest.

Hush Workshop: Performing with Confidence

5 Sep, 6pm (Free)
Kingston Youth Centre

Learn handy tips on how to perform in front of a crowd and boost your confidence whilst developing a stage presence to be reckoned with. Band members from Dead Hormones and Rhythm Pixies will be on hand to teach you the tricks of the trade and share their experiences. You’ll also get the chance to bring your own instrument along, have a jam and share your work – but only if you want to, of course.

It’s Different for Girls

6 – 23 Sep, 7.30pm (£14 – £16)
East Riding Theatre

It’s 1967 and somewhere off Holderness Road in a small garden shed you can hear a band practicing late into the night. A girl band. Once they’ve jumped the small hurdle of learning their instruments they head off in their flower delivery van to their first gig. Little do they know the impact they’re about to have in the city…

It’s Different for Girls is a story inspired by Hull’s own 1960s girl band, Mandy & The Girlfriends. The production boasts all original songs, and will transport you back to the swinging sixties, as five women take on Hull’s music scene with vigour.


8 Sep, 7.30pm (Free)
George Street Car Park

Free music. An out of the ordinary venue. And only you are invited. Hush has been bringing free gigs in secret locations to those aged 14-19 across the city and its second instalment is here, with Lumer, Dead Hormones and Serial Chiller. It’s innovative grunge and post-punk, so expect guitar laden music that’s unapologetically loud and raucous. In partnership with Creative Voice, Hush gigs offer something for 14-19 year olds that is their very own. And it’s free – what’s not to love?