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4 - 6 Sep 2020

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  • From 4-6 September 2020 Freedom Festival will present a broadcast and online programme via the BBC and digitally for audiences to experience at home during what would have been the annual outdoor festival weekend.
  • The online programme includes internationally renowned artists Kaleider, Luke Jerram and Luke Wright alongside local talent Downtown Kayoto, Emma Fee and Joe Hakim.
  • Download the Freedom Festival App to view the full programme, listen live, watch, stream, play and more.

A festival where audiences expect the unexpected, Hull’s annual Freedom Festival will bring a flavour of its international arts festival direct to homes this September, responding to these unprecedented times with a programme broadcast digitally and via the BBC during what would have been the festival weekend.

While there won’t be any epic spectaculars unfolding in the city this year, get ready for intimate moments where audiences and artists meet in the first of three events taking place over the next 12 months, with thought-provoking, playful and powerful performances addressing the world we live in.

From Friday 4 until Sunday 6 September audiences can turn on, tune in and enjoy a curated programme of world-class art and culture from the comfort of their homes.

Featuring international talent alongside local acts, expect robot selfies, timely debates which tackle issues of our time and bedtime stories the kids will remember for years.

Submit your selfie and see if it’s selected to be drawn by robots on an empty Hull Truck Theatre stage as creative company Kaleider, who brought PIG to the city in 2018, aims to bring a sense of togetherness to a community physically separated for a long time.

There’ll be surprises for some of the city’s young people as Luke Jerram’s sound illuminated artwork Lullaby is delivered at dusk to streets in the city, giving residents a bedtime story to remember.

Experience a look at trust and privilege in the age of Brexit in the third of Luke Wright’s trilogy of political verse, co-commissioned by Freedom Festival.

Across, a spoken word collaboration by Lucas De Man and Company New Heroes, addresses the hopes and fears of three artists for our post-COVID-19 world.

In a new partnership with BBC Introducing, tune in to hear incredible local artists perform in some of Hull’s most iconic locations never normally open to musicians. Would Emma Fee ever play a gig amidst the wonderful acoustics at The Guildhall where the council leader usually calls meetings to order? Or what about Hull singer Downtown Kayoto, playlisted by BBC Radio 1 in July, performing beats and words against the backdrop of The Deep?

With The Big Malarkey Festival unable to go ahead this year, Hull Libraries’ team behind the festival will present The Reset Lab at Freedom Festival, exploring what changes young people want to see in our post-pandemic world. From workshops with award-winning illustrators and authors to discussion and debate, the Lab will ask what should we keep and lose from lockdown and what can be built back better?

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