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11 Aug 2018



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Dominoes by Station House Opera will be Absolutely Cultured’s major summer event taking place on Saturday 11 August 2018. An internationally acclaimed, site-specific celebratory event, it will take over Hull playing with the architecture of the city on a 3.5km domino run for all to enjoy – a moving sculpture, both playful and epic.

Dominoes will weave its way through streets, public squares, civic buildings and private homes, climbing stairs, falling from windows and occasionally conquering a structure built from yet more blocks.

The day will begin at 12 noon, where you can watch the domino run being assembled. 450 City of Culture Volunteers will be working alongside Station House Opera’s Artistic Director, Julian Maynard Smith, to install the incredible structures, using over 12,000 breezeblocks.

Once constructed, take your time to explore the full route with all the structures in place from 2:30pm and even gain access to some of the interesting and not frequently accessed spaces of the city, such as The Guildhall and the Boat Yard at Hull Marina. We advise you to plan your time and find your favourite spot to watch the domino run in action. A detailed map is available to download below and printed maps will be available on the day.

At 4:30pm the first domino will be pushed at the Boat Yard; this will create a chain reaction across the city, a moving sculpture that will last around 60 minutes. Spectators can watch as the dominoes wind down streets, tumble from balconies and conquer massive sculptures along the way.

In a first for Dominoes, the route in Hull is split into two sections which are linked by vehicle. Starting in the Boat Yard at Hull Marina, the first section pauses in front of Burt’s, the new Pizzeria and Gelato restaurant near the Fruit Market, from here a vehicle will take a block along the A63 to re-start the run in Australia houses on Great Thornton Estate. The domino run will finish in Queens Gardens, where YUM! Food and Drink Festival is also taking place over the weekend – even more reason to make a day of it.

Dominoes Route Map

Creating a celebration across the city centre, Dominoes will transform the rhythm of Hull for one special day reclaiming the city’s streets for its residents and the public.

FAQs about Dominoes and road closures around the event can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Download the Dominoes route map below and plan your day!

Dominoes, conceived and directed by Station House Opera. Produced by Artsadmin. Videos kindly supplied by Station House Opera and Artsadmin.