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Hull will be shown at its dazzling best this winter as Absolutely Cultured presents Urban Legends: Northern Lights, a newly commissioned outdoor event that will illuminate the city with captivating projections and atmospheric soundscapes, igniting the imaginations of audiences of all ages.

Over a magical weekend starting on 29 November, the city’s buildings, streets, shop windows and winding alleyways of Hull city centre will become the pages on which stories are told, taking inspiration from ancient mythology, fairy tales and oral history.

Drawing inspiration from the connections between Hull and the countries across the North Sea in Northern Europe and Scandinavia, Urban Legends: Northern Lights will spark conversations about the common stories shared between these places.

From large and impressive to intimate and moving, the event brings together six leading national and international artists from the UK and Scandinavia, marking the return of many of Hull 2017’s celebrated artists.

Returning artists include Zsolt Balogh’s New Visual Paradigm, the artist behind Made in Hull’s widely acclaimed We Are Hull; Studio McGuire who created Land of Green Ginger’s Micropolis; and Heinrich and Palmer and imitating the dog, who lit up The Deep with Floe and Arrivals and Departures respectively.

Using the city’s streets, shops, buildings and public spaces as the pages of its story, Urban Legends: Northern Lights will unfold on The Maritime Museum and The Warren, the former BHS building, in Queens Gardens and Hull Minster, as well as streets and shop windows down Whitefriargate and Parliament Street.

Experience the ultimate bedtime story in Oh The Night! as imitating the dog explore the ritual of bedtime stories, but what happens to the characters once children have gone to sleep? Featuring an original soundtrack by Finnish Composer Lau Nau and a live community chorus from Hull.

Inspired by the story of Skidblandnir, a magical shape-shifting ship, Heinrich and Palmer’s Ship of the Gods will combine film, 3D laser scanning technology, sound and lighting effects to create an ethereal and otherworldly experience.

Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales, are the impetus for Still Lives by Studio McGuire. Recenltly relocated to Hull, the McGuires will draw on their beautifully stylish aesthetic to create a series of theatrical and captivating shop window displays, with a twist.

Working with Ben Haggarty, expert storyteller and leading figure in the European storytelling revival, Zsolt Balogh’s New Visual Paradigm returns to Hull with Lost Paradise. In Queens Gardens, the audience can gather round an encampment to hear the fireside stories of where our shared Northern culture began, back before the time of the Vkings, when the North Sea was dry land.

In Avenue, Newcastle-based Novak, will create an installation which will play out beneath the audience’s feet. The piece will explore the iconic textile designs of the 20th century to present day from Hull and Västra Götalan in Sweden and the stories and references woven and printed into the designs.

Through Absolutely Cultured’s collaboration with Curated Place, producers of Hull 2017’s North Atlantic Flux Festival, Icelandic artist and composer Dodda Maggý has spent time in residency in Hull, exploring the stories to be realised through her piece Alda (meaning ‘wave’ in Old Norse). Working with the University of Hull to create a new music and light installation work, performed by a new ensemble formed from the University of Hull, the installation will draw on a series of ancient legends and stories of monsters from the deep and will be projected onto one of Hull’s iconic buildings.

This event will be free and unticketed.

Date Time Price  
Thu 29 Nov TBC Free  
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Fri 30 Nov TBC Free  
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Sat 1 Dec TBC Free  
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Sun 2 Dec TBC Free  
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Opening times

Monday All day
Tuesday All day
Wednesday All day
Thursday All day
Friday All day
Saturday All day
Sunday All day

Creative Credits

The work of Absolutely Cultured would not happen without the generous support of funding partners, particularly Arts Council England and Hull City Council. Urban Legends: Northern Lights has been made possible with the support of our corporate partners including Wykeland, Rollits and BP.

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