Major excitement as Hull 2017 reveals seasons 2 & 3

42 new commissions and world premieres, 24 festivals and 13 new exhibitions amongst hundreds of events and activities taking place from April to the end of September 2017 – we’re super excited to bring to you the next installment in your 2017 year and we’re not going to lie, it’s beastly.

Season two, Roots and Routes will big up Hull’s international links from Rotterdam to Reykjavik, whilst Freedom will explore the city’s pivotal role in the emancipation movement and it’s relationship with twin city of Freetown, Sierra Leone.  

Both are approaching thick and fast – and they’re really something to shout about. 


  • Hull New Theatre reopens following £16m transformation with a visit from The Royal Ballet led by its Hull-born director, Kevin O’Hare
  • Philip Larkin’s life and work celebrated with major exhibition New Eyes Each Yearand Grayson Perry as The Philip Larkin Society Distinguished Guest Lecturer
  • Slung Low’s year-long epic adventure Flood by James Phillips told online, live in Hull and on BBC television.
  • International pioneers of site-responsive performance dreamthinkspeak premiere ONE DAY, MAYBE in Hull
  • The Ferens Art Gallery hosts the Turner Prize and presents a major exhibition exploring Skin, including works by Ron Mueck, Lucian Freud and the first showing of Spencer Tunick’s photographic work featuring 3,200 local people in the nude and painted blue for Sea of Hull
  • The 10th Waterstones Children’s Laureate will be announced in Hull prior to the first ever children’s literature festival in the city
  • New work by artists including Bob & Roberta Smith, Tania Kovats, Chris Dobrowolski, Claire Barber and Claire Morgan in shopping centres, car parks, streets and public squares as part of the visual art series Look Up.

Martin Green, Director Hull 2017 said: “The response to our opening season Made in Hull has exceeded all our expectations and as we go into seasons two and three, we want people to continue to be excited, whether they live here or are visiting. With our wonderful partners there’s a terrific line-up over the next six months. We’ve a summer of festivals and a host of new commissions by national and international artists that cement UK City of Culture as the nation’s cultural quadrennial. Get planning, it’s the perfect time to visit this great city.”

Councillor Stephen Brady, Leader of Hull City Council, said: “With season one almost completed, the signs are that Hull is going to be one of the most successful cities of culture there has ever been. The seasons two and three events, revealed today, show a world-class programme that will continue to engage, excite and enthral local residents and visitors throughout spring and summer. Combined with the transformation of the city centre and some of our most important cultural venues, Hull’s tenure as UK City of Culture is creating a surge of positivity, pride and celebration. We are now being talked about for all the right reasons and we’ve never been more proud to say ‘Welcome to Hull’.”

Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet, said: “I am immensely proud of my roots in Hull, and what has been achieved so far in Hull’s year as UK City of Culture. For me this opportunity to return to my home city, for the company to take to the stage in the magnificent setting of Hull’s refurbished New Theatre and to create new links with the young talent of Hull is unique and special for all of us.”

Boom! Let’s get started.  You can find all season 2 & 3 events listed on our website. Flood: Abundance (Part 2), PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial and The Height of the Reeds: A Sound Journey for the Humber Bridge are available to book now. 

Grab your copy of our new seasons brochure from the Welcome Pod at Hull Paragon Interchange and Hull City Hall Box Office. You can also view/download our Roots & Routes and Freedom season brochures over on our ISSUU channel.