Hull 2017 Highlights: 7 – 13 Oct

Humber Mouth Literature Festival

Sat 7Sun 8 Oct, various times. Free.
Various locations.

2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the festival and this week has been filled with a diverse range of workshops, readings and performances from a whole host of household names and brilliant local talent. This weekend rounds the festival off in style.

Alex Wheatle: In Conversation (Sat 7 Oct, 6pm) will offer an insight into acclaimed author Wheatle’s writing experiences, exploring his work and touching upon life and political unrest in 1980s Brixton.

An award-winning filmmaker and the editor of Bloodaxe Books Pamela Robertson Pearce and Neil Astley, take to the stage to discuss In Person: World Poets (Sat 7 Oct, 8pm), an intimate compilation of poetry readings from poets across the world.

The Evolution of Science Writing (Sun 8 Oct, 5pm) will look ahead to the future of science writing and celebrate its history with a noticeably gifted panel. Eugenia Cheng, maths whiz and scientist in-residence in liberal arts joins award-winning writer Gaia Vince and comedian, presenter and producer Dr. Steve Cross.

HANA International Fashion Show

Sat 7 Oct, noon. £1-£2.
Jubilee Central Hull.

Humber All Nations Alliance (HANA) brings an array of colour to the city in with this glorious fashion show. Hull’s diverse communities will strut the catwalk this Saturday, sharing the colour and variety of traditional clothing, music and performance with one and all.

HANA International Fashion Show. Photo © Humber All Nations Alliance.

Back To Ours: Mask-Making Workshop

Sat 7 Oct, 10am. Free.
Freedom Centre.

The next Back To Ours festival is fast approaching, so to get everyone in the mood we’re bringing free family drop-in workshops out to you at the Freedom Centre this weekend. Join the team and get stuck in making masks inspired by the upcoming Picture House screenings of Monsters Inc. and Beauty And The Beast. Let the little ones get creative and decide whether they want to be a one-eyed monster or if they’d like to crown each other princesses or beasts.

Bare Skin On Briny Waters

Following on from a successful stint at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, award-winning Bellow Theatre returns to Hull with its moving production Bare Skin On Briny Waters. Described as “gently poetic” (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian) the play opens with two young women sat side by side on a clifftop – as the story unfolds they are steadily blown on an unexpected course. Skilfully written and expertly performed, this brave play will move and inspire you.

Turner And The Whale

Sat 7 Oct – Sun 7 Jan 2018. Various times. Free.
Hull Maritime Museum.

An art exhibition for lovers of painting, Turner And The Whale brings together a stirring collection of maritime scenes, including paintings from the revered JMW Turner: three rare whaling scenes and another maritime composition. These paintings sit alongside works by some of Hull’s finest artists, offering a unique view into a period in the city’s history when it stood as the UK’s largest whaling port.

Whalers (Boiling Blubber) Entangled in Flaw Ice, Endeavouring to Extricate Themselves (c.1846), J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest, 1856. © Tate, London.

Nightports with Matthew Bourne

Thu 12 Oct, 5pm. £4-£8.
Middleton Hall, University of Hull.

An exploration of sound through piano, synthesizers and recordings, this live performance of project Nightports with composer Matthew Bourne will be a trip into the joys of spontaneity in music. The basis of the performance is that only sounds produced by the featured musician can be used. Using the piano as the foundation for the performance, the sounds are transformed, distorted and reworked to create something truly unique.

Portrait Of A City

Fri 13 Oct – 31 Dec. Free.
Humber Street Gallery, Galleries 2 and 3.

International photography cooperative Magnum has been busy documenting Hull these past months and the results are revealing. Acclaimed photographers Martin Parr and Olivia Arthur have chosen to document the city through its flourishing culinary landscape and the creativity of the youth scene. Where Parr’s work relating to food is characteristically colourful and playful, Arthur’s black and white images are carefully composed, creating frank and open portraits. Stop by to see this brilliant portrait of our city. (While you’re at the gallery why not stop by British Road Signs (Gallery 1), a celebration of timeless, iconic British design, too?)

Crisp & Fry, Spring Bank. Hull, Portrait Of A City. © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos