Hull 2017 Highlights: 3 — 9 June

Assemble Fest

Saturday 3 June, 10.30am. Free – £4. Newland Avenue, Hull, HU5 2EJ.

Self-styled ‘performance where you least expect it’, Assemble Fest returns for another year, bringing its transformative theatre to Newland Ave. Flashmobs, interactive shows, music, art and dance are set to erupt in a variety of the area’s independent venues, from delis to hairdressers.

Devised performances, which include new site-specific works, tackle an array of topics – robots, food, weddings? Assemble Fest has it. Don’t miss finale ‘Our Street, Our Stage’, a glorious celebration of Newland Ave, one of Hull’s most diverse and independent streets.

Sabrina Mahfouz on Poetry and the Sex Industry – presented by Holly McNish, as part of Where Are We Now?

Sunday 4 June, 12.30pm. £3-£5. Kardomah 94, 94 Aldfred Gelder Street, Hull, HU1 2AN.

Examining taboos, surprising sexual encounters, the politics of desire, the vastly differing viewpoints on sex work and most prominently, the status of women’s equality in the UK today – prize-winning Sabrina Mahfouz is setting the world to rights.

Her collection of poetry How You Might Know Me is fiery and undeniably powerful and it’s this that she’ll share with us as part of Where Are We Now? Opened by spoken-word sensation and fellow rabble-rouser Hollie McNish, this performance will be insightful, moving, and vitalising.

Hessle Roaders © Alec Gill

The Hessle Roaders: Hull’s Fishing Community by Dr. Alec Gill MBE

Thursday 1 June – Thursday 29 June, 9.30am. Free. Hull History Centre, Worship Street, Hull, HU2 8BG.

A photography exhibition like no other, The Hessle Roaders is a unique and intimate exhibition capturing the history of Hull’s fishing community, revealing the communal spirit of Hessle Road.

Hessle Roaders lived both a magic and tragic life, their spirit linked with the perilous work of trawling Arctic waters. Self-confessed tourist in his own city, all of this has been documented by Alec Gill MBE, who in 1971 armed with his Rolleicord camera began to photograph the community. This exhibition, a legacy for the city, is an extensive and touching display of Hull’s heritage.

Hull School of Art & Design Degree Show

Until Friday 30 June, 10am. Free. Broderick Gallery, Hull School of Art & Design, Queens Gardens, Hull, HU1 3DG.

Years of study, experimentation, practice and hard graft – what do you get? A first-class degree show that reflects this. The Hull School of Art and Design Degree Show celebrates the talent, creativity and innovation of its final year students, until the end of June.

The exhibition showcases exciting work by the next generation of artists and designers across Fashion, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Textiles, Architecture, Film-making, Games Design, Journalism and Digital Media and Photography. The variety and breadth of what’s on offer means there’s something for everyone. Come and celebrate local talent.

Bill Bailey’s Cabinet of Curiosities

Until Sunday 10 September, 10am, 11am. Free. Hull Maritime Museum, Queen Victoria Square, Hull, HU1 3DX.

Bizarre and fascinating all at once, Cabinet of Curiosities is a combination of the comedy writing-talents of Hull youngsters and one of Britain’s best-loved comedians Bill Bailey. The exhibition reveals the more peculiar and intriguing artefacts held at the museum through a range of truths and untruths, shaped to shock, raise a laugh, and raise an eyebrow. Don’t miss exploring this quirky cornucopia of stuff.

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

Tuesday 6 June – Sat 17 June, 2.30pm, 7.30pm. Free – £12. The Welly Club, 105 – 107 Beverley Road, Hull, HU3 1TS.

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything is an anarchic theatrical epic, performed at one of the city’s best-loved nightclubs with support each night from a different Humber Street Sesh band. Live and loud, this is Middle Child at their best. If you’re looking for Friday night entertainment, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything’s support comes in the form of Young Jack, a 5-piece fountain of funk with a dynamic, fresh live set.

Tidal Waves Beach Festival

Friday 9 June – Sat 10 June, 6pm, 12pm. £16-£50. Bridlington South Cliff Beach.

Festival vibes are set to descend upon Bridlington South Cliff Beach when Tidal Waves Beach Fest arrives. The line-up incorporates an eclectic mix of genres from the finest local talent and further afield. Expect to be treated to the likes of Brit pop, ska-core, indie, and even trance, when Enigma UK opens the festival. If that’s not enough to tempt you, samba and kettle-drum group Louder Than Life will get those feet moving. The weekend is packed with headline acts too: Seafret, Hoosiers, Toploader, Reverend and the Makers, plus The Pigeon Detectives. Fancy a trip to the beach, anyone?