Hull 2017 Highlights: 5 – 11 Aug

Humber Street Sesh

5 Aug 2017, 11am (£10 advance, £15 on the day)
Hull Marina

Now in its sixth year, Humber Street Sesh is a music festival unlike any other. One day, 200+ acts, 20 stages and 30,000 people celebrating the very best emerging talent from the region and beyond. Staged across Hull Marina, there’s a full arts itinerary, plus food trucks and market stalls. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, and under 12s go free with an adult.

Rediscover your favourite acts and stumble across new ones, while enjoying art exhibitions, family entertainment and the ever-popular silent disco. Humber Street Sesh celebrates the excellence and diversity of regional musicians and artists, providing a powerful platform for homegrown creative brilliance.

Hull Gada – Poetry on the Streets

5-8 Aug 2017 (Free)
Various locations

On National Poetry Day (28 September) Contains Strong Language festival will kick off a brand new celebration of wordcraft, inspired by our literary city.

At the festival, Polish poet Bohdan Piasecki, founder of Poland’s first poetry slam, will perform new work inspired by Hull’s Polish community in a live spoken word show. Leading up to the festival a series of events including pop-up poetry, writing and storytelling, will give the Polish community in Hull the opportunity to get involved. This weekend Bohdan will be setting up shop back on the streets of Hull to chat to passers-by.

The Floating Cinema 2017

7 – 13 Aug 2017, Various Times (Free)
Hull Marina

A unique cinematic experience is coming to Hull, in the shape of The Floating Cinema. This canal-boat-meets-cinema is touring the waterways from Sheffield to Hull thanks to UP Projects, presenting In Dialogue – The Floating Cinema Tour 2017 featuring a new commission and film programme.

In Dialogue offers a curated programme of feature films and documentaries that will be screened in the eight canal-side locations where The Floating Cinema will be moored during its tour, stopping off in Hull Marina this week.

Mini Masterpeices – Natural Sculptures

8 Aug 2017, 10am (£1.50)
Ferens Art Gallery

A great, hands-on activity for the kids. Join Ferens Art Gallery to create your own unique artworks, and work together to create some larger pieces of art too. This workshop is suitable for children aged 5 and under, and the focus this week is on creating natural sculptures.

Elephant in the Room – Claire Morgan

7 Aug – 15 Oct 2017 (Free)
Princes Quay Shopping Centre

In the latest of our Look Up publc art installations, Claire Morgan has created a striking, large scale work suspended in the atrium of Princes Quay Shopping Centre that has to be seen to be believed.

As Claire puts it, “Elephant in the Room, which incorporates suspended fragments of paper, is a direct, specific response to its location: the function of the place and its physical position, located over the water. It’s also a response to Hull’s past, particularly its maritime history and how that history might fit into our contemporary world”.

Art Celebrating Equality Workshops

9 Aug – 1 Sep 2017 (Free)
The Warren

Art Celebrating Equality is a radical, new arts festival from The Warren Youth Project. Building on its pilot success at 2016 Freedom Festival – community groups, young women and artists have united to create a women-led arts festival to explore gender, equality and freedom. Working with national and local women artists, The Warren are facilitating workshops across Hull for 16-25 year olds, empowering Hull’s young men and women to create art around gender equality and Freedom.

Award-winning artists including Joanne CoatesCatherine Scott and Indigo Moon Theatre will deliver online and open workshops, creating photographic images, digital illustrations, poems, spoken word, shadow performances and to top it off a projection of the art created on The Warren’s building.

Skin: The Nude In Art – Symposium

10 Aug 2017, 2pm (Free)
Ferens Art Gallery

Future Ferens presents Skin: The Nude in Art. This symposium will explore the role of the nude in art – is it to shock, intrigue, or to provide an alternative experience?

Find out how the exhibition Skin was curated, get your questions ready for a live Skype interview with artist Spencer Tunick, and find out what it was like to take part in Sea of Hull. The event ends with an engaging debate around nudity and art. Pop down for the whole afternoon or drop in during the afternoon break.

LOL Comedy Club

11 Aug 2017, 8pm (£14)
Hull City Hall – Mortimer Suite

Four top comedians star in Hull’s monthly comedy night, featuring some of the finest comedians in the UK. Expect regulars from BBC2’s Mock The Week, Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats, BBC1’s Michael McIntyre and much more.

This month’s comedians are Phoenix Nights’ Archie Kelly, 8 Out of 10 Cats writer Roger Monkhouse, newcomer Nick Dixon and the award winning Freddie Quinne.

YUM! Festival of Food and Drink

11 – 12 Aug 2017, from 10am (Free)
The Rose Bowl & Queens Gardens

Hull City Centre plays host to the Yum! Festival of Food and Drink – two days of tasty street food, fresh local produce and a bustling market around the Rose Bowl fountain, funded by HullBID.

With over 50 stalls of delicious hot and cold food, a variety of alcoholic and soft drinks, as well as live music and children’s entertainment, ranging from face painting, balloon modelling and magic to crazy golf, cupcake decorating and healthy cookery classes.