Hull 2017 Highlights: 22 – 28 July

Hull Folk and Maritime Festival © Nick Lickiss

Hull Folk & Maritime Festival

Until Sunday 23 July, from noon. Free. Hull Marina, Hull city centre.

If you’re down by Hull Marina this weekend, why not see what Hull Folk & Maritime Festival has to offer? This year, for the first time, the festival has been extended to a total of four days. The festival celebrates folk music and the city’s history in all its glory – expect high-energy gigs, workshops and general merriment. With boats playing host to performers and talk of Morris dancers marching into Hull Marina, this is a spectacle you won’t forget in a hurry.

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Pride in Hull

Saturday 22 July, from noon. Free. Hull city centre.

Another event you’d be mad to miss – the first ever UK Pride, held here in Hull. With a different city set to host UK Pride every year from now on, seize the chance to soak up the carnival atmosphere in your very own city. Kicking things off is the annual parade filled with all things colourful (keep an eye out for Duckie’s 50 Queers For 50 Years creations!) followed by a gig of fabulous proportions. Think Sonia, Cleopatra and B*Witched, with Marc Almond of Soft Cell topping the bill – and you’ll be part of one of the biggest parades Hull has seen.

Dr. Ferret’s Bad Medicine Show

Saturday 22 July, 7.30pm. £6 – £8. Middleton Hall, University of Hull, Cottingham Road, HU6 7RX.

Inspired by Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary Tales, Dr Ferret’s Bad Medicine Roadshow tells the curious stories of Matilda, whose lies ignited a terrible fire, Henry King who ate too much string, and George, a little boy who causes lots of trouble. Performed by the Opera North Youth Chorus and accompanied by the Opera North Youth chorus, expect the show to be on a grand scale. Join the doctor and his singers and discover just how mischievous today’s children really are.

House of Kings and Queens © Lee Price

House of Kings and Queens

Thursday 27 July to Sunday 24 September, 10am – 6pm. Free. Humber Street Gallery’s Gallery Four, 3 Pier Street (Humber Street), Hull, HU1 1ZA.

Documentary photographer Lee Price is bringing a powerful exhibition to Humber Street Gallery. Opening on Thursday 27 July, the exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the start of sexual freedom in the UK. The House of Kings and Queens captures life in the home of a young transgender woman that has become a sanctuary for the LGBT community in Freetown, Hull’s sister city in Sierra Leone. Captured in a country where homosexuality remains illegal, Price’s compelling images offer a glimpse into The House, where inhabitants live without oppression, revealing what it means to be gay in Freetown. Come, celebrate freedom and diversity, and consider those who aren’t so fortunate.

Mad Pride

Exhibition: Monday 24 July to Friday 28 July, 9am – 5pm. Free. Spring Bank Community Centre, Hull, HU3 1BX.

Puppetry workshop: Tuesday 25 July, 11am-2pm. Free. The Pennine Rambler, Pennine Way, North Bransholme, Hull, HU7 5EF.

Imprisonment, madness, liberation – these are the ideas the Hull 2017 Creative Communities Programme funded project Mad Pride is tackling at its current exhibition. Off-the-wall Mad Pride is using art to break down barriers around mental health, voicing the unspoken. The team has been keeping themselves busy with puppetry workshops, too. You can still get to one on Tuesday 25 July, so there’s no excuse not to collaborate and create.

Pride in Hull Film Festival: God’s Own Country

Friday 28 July, 7.30pm. £6 – £7. Vue Cinema Hull, Prince’s Quay Shopping Centre, Hull city centre, HU1 2PQ.

Award winning God’s Own Country, set in the Yorkshire countryside is beautiful, captivating cinema. Pride in Hull Film Festival brings this moving film to Hull as a special preview screening. Johnny Saxby works long hours on his family’s remote farm in the north of England. Left behind by friends that have gone to university, he numbs the daily frustration of his lonely existence with nightly binge-drinking at the local pub and casual sex. When Gheorghe, a migrant worker, arrives to take up temporary work on the family farm, Johnny suddenly finds himself dealing with emotions he has never felt before. This is a truly British love story, with an exceptional cast giving sharp performances – don’t miss it.

Residents Association

Friday 28 July, 8pm til late. £1 – £3. The Adelphi Club, 89 De Grey Street, Hull, HU5 2RU.

The Residents Association is a celebration of the city’s nightlife and a good old fashioned knees-up with all the resident DJs from Hull nights big, small, medium and large – all under one roof playing tunes that are popular, obscure, eclectic and above all, top quality. With six years officially under the Residents’ belts, Friday 28 July is set to be a big night – come and celebrate their birthday in style. Entry for only £1 and 50 free CDs to the first 50 people through the door. What’s not to love?