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Freedom Festival


20 Aug - 5 Sep 2021

Family Friendly

This year’s festival will return to the city’s streets and outdoor spaces between August 20 & September 5.

The majority of Festival events will be free but in line with government guidance, most events will be ticketed to manage capacity and ensure audience safety.

Tickets for selected events will be available from Friday 2 July at midday on the website and via our Box Office ticket line 01482 390410 . (The phone line will be open Mon-Fri midday-4pm from Friday 2 July.)

GAIA (earth) by Luke Jerram who last was at Freedom Festival with the hugely popular Museum of the Moon in 2018. Working in association with Hull Minster (where Gaia will be presented), and the Woodland Trust, audiences will experience this amazing installation surrounded by trees with a bespoke soundscape. During the Festival around Gaia there will be a series of special events, concerts and talks which will include a specially commissioned performance by The Broken Orchestra, and the culmination of a project based around climate change in association with Westcott Primary School.

This year we are also presenting a number of audio adventures/walks where you alone or in a group can be a part of a created experience through the streets of Hull, exploring the known and less well known parts of our city.

Aria Entertainment and WEF Productions join forces with Freedom to present C-O-N-T-A-C-T. a sell-out performance during both Paris and London runs. Become totally immersed in the world of our characters for 50 remarkable minutes, as you plug into this joyous, poetic and liberating experience, Walk the path with the performers and share their sensations and thoughts, as the action unfolds before your eyes.

Only Expansion by Duncan Speakman remixes the sound around you so you can experience what climate change may sound like through augmented audio.

We are excited to be bringing performances back to the city this year at Stage@TheDock, featuring 15ft6 from Belgium and their circus skills based show League & Legend, Rise by Tribe – a powerful female-led dance piece and 4 other pieces to be announced soon.

At Hull Truck we will be presenting for families, Daryl Beeton’s solo show, A Square World; a playful story of what happens when you don’t fit in. Using ingeniously designed abstract props, his non-verbal performance gets children to think about disability and how we can include everyone.

Internationally renowned Blast Theory create interactive work exploring social and political questions, placing audience members at the centre of their work. In 2021 audiences will be able to experience Rider Spoke. Grab your bike and explore your city, recording stories about your life and listening to other people’s. If you don’t own a bike we will have a small number of bikes available so that as many people as possible will be able to enjoy this experience.

There will also be some incredible installations, all commissioned by Freedom Festival, such as Where There Is Light, created by SquidSoup/ArtReach and sanctuary seeking communities in Hull and across the country, exploring the theme of light, delivered at the Ferens Art Gallery.

Another installation is Arrivals + Departures by Yara + Davina, an interactive exploration of birth death and the journey in between, which comes to Hull following appearances in London and New York.

0ur year-long event. The Hull Vigil, continues daily at Hull College until 3 May 2022 and as a Festival encore, Freedom Festival is co-presenting the iconic Canadian modern circus company 7 Fingers, in their new show Passagers at Hull New Theatre on 28 September. .

Venue Details

Hull City Centre