Next month, Absolutely Cultured, IETM and partners Arts Council England and the British Council will welcome the international performing arts community to Hull. The exciting programme of talks, discussions, workshops and performances explore the subject of inclusion, showcasing the diverse practice of local, regional and national artists and celebrating international collaboration and cooperation. This timely programme will give the national and international arts community an insight into what is special about the contemporary performing arts sector across Hull, the north of England and wider UK.
IETM is a membership organisation for contemporary performing arts, with more than 500 members from over 50 countries. With a mission to advocate for the value of the arts and culture in a changing world, IETM holds two plenary meetings each year in different European cities. Hull will be the first UK city to host a plenary since 2010.
As a city, Hull is no stranger to IETM’s mission to advocate the value of the arts and culture in a changing world. In 2017, it hosted a momentous year of arts and culture as UK City of Culture 2017 and has seen first-hand what can happen when culture is used to breathe energy into a place and connect communities.
For IETM Hull 2019, delegates will explore art in the city, across venues including Hull Truck Theatre, Middleton Hall, The Guildhall, Hull College, Ferens Studio, Royal Hotel, New Theatre, City Hall and the Maritime Museum.
Keynote speakers include Sade Brown, an award-winning social entrepreneur and founder of Sour Lemons, which addresses the lack of diversity in leadership within the creative, cultural and social sectors, and British theatre-maker and comedian Jess Thom, founder of Touretteshero.
The artistic programme showcases award-winning local artists including the latest play by Middle Child, Us Against Whatever, while Silent Uproar will perform its 2017 hit play, A Super Happy Story About Feeling Super Sad.
Internationally renowned Candoco Dance Company, a company of disabled and non-disabled dancers will perform for the first time in the city, offering audiences a profound and boundary-pushing experience in its latest double bill, Face In by Yasmeen Godder and Let’s Talk About Disby Hetain Patel.
No Kids is the latest energetic, hilarious, moving and thought-provoking play from the multi-award-winning Bristol-based company, Ad Infinitum, while in Fat Blokes, Scottee uncovers why fat men are never sexy but are always funny in a hilarious dance show of sorts.