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Flying High: Hull to be touched by Angels

An aerial spectacle that has wowed crowds in locations across the globe will be flying into Hull this summer.

Place des Anges will take place in the skies above the city centre this July. The show will provide a jaw-dropping contribution to both the finale of Welcome to Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Festival (June 16 – 3 July) and an extraordinary opening to Amy Johnson Festival, which begins in Hull on Friday July 1.

The stunning display on Saturday July 2 will feature aerial performers ‘flying’ across the night sky on invisible zip lines, transforming the area above Hull College in Queens Gardens into ‘Angels’ Place’.

Thousands of free tickets are available for the show – which has previously been performed in in Australia, South Africa and London – to witness the angels appear at nightfall, as they gradually emerge in the sky above the college.

The show will culminate in an extraordinary display of feather fireworks, creating an enormous, feather ‘blizzard’ to transform the ground below.

Place des Anges is a free, ticketed event. Those wishing to register interest for the event should visit hull2017.co.uk/placedesanges to be the first to find out how to secure a free ticket when they are released in June.

Martin Green, CEO and director of Hull 2017, said: “I am so excited to be presenting the extraordinary Place des Anges as the finale of the Yorkshire Festival and to open the Amy Johnson Festival. Place des Anges is a breath-taking piece of aerial spectacle that creates a real sense of magic and wonder. It will appeal to people of all ages, and has to be seen to be believed.

“This event is just one of many in an incredible line-up of cultural events this summer. I’m expecting demand for the free tickets to be extremely high as we prepare to stage the nations’ cultural festival in 2017.”

Yorkshire Festival’s Artistic Director, Matt Burman, said: “We are thrilled to be presenting Place des Anges as part of the epic, bold and game-changing Yorkshire Festival 2016. Expect the unexpected with world-class performances, UK and world premieres and exclusives, and even an attempt to break a world record. The Festival will reach the whole of our great, beautiful county across 18 days this June and July. Make sure you come and be part of it!”

Place des Anges also marks the beginning of the new Amy Johnson Festival. From July 1 to September 6, the festival will celebrate the life, achievements and legacy of one of Hull’s most famous daughters, through an ambitious international programme of the arts and engineering sciences, appealing to all interests and ages.

Rick Welton, director of Amy Johnson Festival, said: “Place des Anges is a fabulous way to launch the festival. It will be a fantastic curtain-raiser for two months of celebration when, in collaboration with the 2017 team, we’ll be telling the world about the remarkable life of Hull’s aviation heroine.”