Hull 2017 Highlights: 29 July – 4 Aug

A Duckie Summer Tea Party

Sat 29 Jul, 1pm-6pm (Free)
Queen Victoria Square

Kicking off the final weekend of our LGBT 50 celebrations, MC Amy Lamé, Duckie and a huge team of waiters to serve tea and cake, smack bang in the middle of Hull City Centre. There’ll be performances from The Sugar Dandies and the London Gay Big Band, plus a performance of a brand new dance commission from Gary Clarke and Yorkshire Dance, Into the Light, featuring over 40 non-professional dancers from Hull.

BLEACHED – Tania Kovats

29 Jul – 17 Sep (Free)

The next installment in our Look Up public art programme will make its way to C4DI this week. Inspired by artist Tania Kovats’ visits to The Deep, BLEACHED is a major new sculptural work created using artificial coral from one of The Deep’s exhibits, responding to the beauty and fragility of coral. Explore the exhibition in Block C of C4DI, facing the Stage@theDock.


29 – 30 Jul, from 10am (Free)
East Park

Back for its 12th year, the annual Veteran’s Weekend celebrates the role of our armed forces. A free family event for all ages, featuring a parachute display from the Silver Stars and a static Spitfire aircraft. There’ll be music, dance and fashion from the ‘40s to enjoy too.


Sat 29 Jul, from 1pm (Free)
Shelley Avenue Sports Centre

A Hull 2017 Creative Communities project, Community Arts Jam will be the first of its kind in the area. Celebrating urban, hip-hop and youth culture in East Hull, there’ll be rap, spoken word and dance performances throughout the day. Plus you can get involved in hands-on sessions, including percussion workshops, electronic music-making, graffiti art and break dancing.

53º North – Music Industry Conference

3 – 4 Aug, 9.30am (Free)
Hull Truck Theatre & Albemarle Music Centre

In the run-up to Humber Street Sesh, The Warren Youth Project and Warren Records are bringing Hull’s first music industry conference to the city, in partnership with Hull 2017. 53º North will bring local and national industry pros together to delve into what it takes to succeed in music today, discussing self-promotion, royalties, branding, mental health and more. Guests include Spotify, MOJO Magazine, PRS Foundation and plenty more.


4 Aug – 3 Sep (Free)
Hull School of Art & Design

Artist Bob & Roberta Smith takes over HSAD this summer, in another of our Look Up public art installations. The exhibition will explore the different degrees of freedom experienced by artists around the world, and feature a significant new work by Bob & Roberta Smith. Investigating the nature of modern protest, this highly politicised new work draws on interviews with activists and examines why democratic societies support the arts while repressive regimes curb them.