Engage For Change is a free music festival celebrating community, hope, music, arts and activism, hosting a number of bands and artists, stalls and influential speakers.
Echoing the Red Wedge concerts of the 80s, and Glastonbury’s Left Field, the festival aims to bring people together, welcoming a line-up of political minded, community-spirited musicians and performers.
A family-friendly event, there’ll be a number of children’s activities taking place in the family area, some surprises from Hull Carnival Arts, a wide range of political and community activist speakers, stalls and information, and continual live music during the day.
A locally grown feast for everyone, The Freedom FEASTival is a gastronomic event like no other!
The volunteer-led, free feast encourages strangers to come together to meet, talk, eat and remind each other that connectivity is as vital as the food we eat.
Last year over 2,000 people came together in two sittings to share the free gastronomic feast in Queen’s Garden’s as part of the 10th Freedom Festival celebrations. As theatrical performers served and entertained guests, strangers sat together to share in the delight of locally grown and cooked produce, eaten as part of a true community feast.
Working in partnership with Hull Harvest Feastival Mutual Aid and Artlink alongside multiple community groups across the city, the Freedom FEASTival is a long-lasting programme rooted in a broader discussion around food equity, empowerment and community cohesion.
Everyone is welcome to get involved in this extraordinary community project. You can:
Grow your own food
Make a veg pledges
Volunteer on the day – from cooking the feast to serving the food.
The Lord Mayor’s Celebration Day will take place on Saturday 16 June across Trinity Square and the Rose Bowl area of Queens Gardens.
The family event is being delivered by Hull City Council in partnership with Hull COOLture and Hull Minster to provide a variety of music, culture, arts and craft as well as over 90 classic cars on display, between 10am and 4pm.
A vibrant parade will take place at two points through the day at 12pm and 2pm and everyone is invited to be involved. Led by Hull Carnival Arts, the parade will leave Trinity Square along Trinity House Lane, before moving down Whitefriargate, along Princes Dock Street and back into Trinity Square via Posterngate. The procession will feature Bandanarama – a 16 piece community street band – and everyone is invited to join in!
Two stages will host music, dance and art. Jonny Pat and the Aces, award winning singing duo V2, Bobby Diamond and the brilliant Karen Carpenter tribute, Wendy Lee, will be amongst those filling Trinity Square with music between 10am and 1pm. From 1pm to 4pm an eclectic mix of dance, poetry and music will be performed including traditional Indian dance, street dance and Irish dance. Whilst the stage at the Rose Bowl will provide entertainment by COOLture where children and young people will celebrate creative arts between 11am and 3pm.
A craft area in Trinity Square will offer free activities for children and young people with Hull Creative Arts and make hats and instruments to join in with the parade.
All activities are free, and people are welcome to bring a picnic or use one of the many city centre venues. The café in Queens Gardens will be open, as will Trinity Market.
The award-winning Beverley Puppet Festival returns! Enjoy a weekend of family fun with giant Saurus, Moomins, Mermarella, Penguinpig, Beowulf, Transmographiles and Cloud Travellers.
And there’s more for adults too, with Friday 13th tales of terror from the seaside and a puppet cabaret like you’ve never seen before, plus adult shows across the weekend.
With over 30 acts in four ticketed venues plus free outdoor performances, a lively Festival Hub, free interactive shadow theatre, puppet workshops for adults and children, food and licensed bar, and much more, everyone can take part in the fun.
This September, experience an amazing cheese spectacle in Hull! Join Cheese Fest UK, hosted at the amazing new venue in Hull.
Experience some the UK’s best cheeses on offer, from how street food traders through to a selection of amazing specialist artisan vendors from all the country, inredible preserves and a whole host of other amazing treats.
Join in for not just amazing food, but also a great and music for everyone to enjoy!
Hull Film Festival is back for the fifth year, inviting you discover the very best in new film from around the world, with titles that are award-winning, critically-acclaimed, unashamedly independent, and a little out of left field.
This year’s programme features 16 films, all Hull exclusive screenings, and they’re proud to be hosting multiple regional premieres.
In the dark heart of a sprawling, anonymous city, Terminal follows the twisting tales of two assassins carrying out a sinister mission (Max Irons & Dexter Fletcher), a teacher battling a fatal illness (Simon Pegg), an enigmatic janitor (Mike Myers) and a curious waitress leading a dangerous double life (Margot Robbie).
Murderous consequences unravel in the dead of night as their lives all intertwine at the hands of a mysterious criminal mastermind hell-bent on revenge.
Among the most exciting voices in genre cinema to emerge in recent years, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead return with their third feature, The Endless.
Benson and Moorhead play brothers, former members of a “crazy UFO death cult”, who receive a mysterious video cassette in the mail. The tape contains an eerie calling card from their past, inviting them to attend an event called the Ascension.
At first their old friends in the cult seem warm and welcoming, but things soon turn strange as the brothers find themselves drawn into a vortex of bizarre rituals, strange messages, unseen forces and sinister supernatural secrets that threaten to tear apart the very fabric of reality.
The Endless is a truly unique mind-bending, genre-blending indie gem that will leave you spinning.
This dark suburban satire tells the story of a man who is accused of adultery by his ex-fiancée and forced to move in with his parents.
While he fights for custody of his four-year-old daughter, he is gradually sucked into a bitter dispute between his parents and their neighbours regarding an old and beautiful tree that casts a shadow on the neighbours’ deck.
As the dispute intensifies – property is damaged, pets mysteriously go missing, security cameras are being installed and there is a rumour that the neighbour was seen with a chainsaw.
Forever remembered as the writer who gave the world Frankenstein, but the real life story of Mary Shelley is nearly as fantastical as her fiction.
Raised by a renowned philosopher, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Elle Fanning) is a teenage dreamer, determined to make her mark on the world when she meets the dashing and brilliant poet Percy Shelley (Douglas Booth).
So begins a torrid love affair, marked by both passion and personal tragedy, that will transform Mary and fuel the writing of her Gothic masterwork. Imbued with the imaginative spirit of its heroine, Mary Shelley brings to life the world of a trailblazing woman who defied convention and channelled her innermost demons into a legend for the ages.
As devout Jehovah’s Witnesses, sisters Alex and Luisa and their mother, Ivanna, are united in The Truth. Alex looks up to her confident older sister, while striving to follow in Ivanna’s footsteps as a ‘good Witness’.
But when Luisa starts to question the advice of the Elders, she makes a life-altering transgression that threatens to expel her from the congregation.
Apostasy is a remarkable and authentic debut film, providing rare insight into the complex nature of faith, family, duty and love.
Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) looks the part of a perfect high school girl, but after she’s caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night, Cameron is quickly shipped off to a conversion therapy centre that treats teens “struggling with same-sex attraction.”
At the facility, she is subjected to outlandish discipline, dubious “de-gaying” methods, and earnest Christian rock songs-but this unusual setting also provides her with an unlikely gay community.
For the first time, Cameron connects with peers, and she’s able to find her place among fellow outcasts.
Enn is a shy suburban London teenager in 1977, sneaking out with his best friends to after-hours punk parties. One night they stumble upon a bizarre gathering of sexy teenagers ,who seem like they are from another planet. In fact, they are from another planet, visiting Earth to complete a mysterious rite of passage.
That doesn’t stop Enn from falling madly in love with Zan, a beautiful and rebellious alien teenager who, despite her allegiance to her strange colony, is fascinated by Enn.
Together they embark on a delirious adventure through the kinetic punk rock world of 1970s London, inadvertently setting off a series of events that will lead to the ultimate showdown of punks vs. aliens, and test the limits of how far each of them will go for true love.
A Prayer Before Dawn is the remarkable true story of Billy Moore, a young English boxer incarcerated in two of Thailand’s most notorious prisons. He is quickly thrown into a terrifying world of drugs and gang violence, but when the prison authorities allow him to take part in the Muay Thai boxing tournaments, he realises this might be his chance to get out.
Billy embarks on a relentless, action-packed journey from one savage fight to the next, stopping at nothing to do whatever he must to preserve his life and regain his freedom.
Tara (Gemma Arterton) is living a life that is no longer hers: it belongs to her overworked, self-absorbed husband (Dominic Cooper), her young son and daughter, and the numbing routine of housework and childcare.
In desperate need of a change, Tara one day makes a bold decision. Armed with a one-way ticket to Paris, she leaves everything behind to rediscover herself in a new city, but walking out on your life isn’t so simple.
The Escape is a perceptive, deeply compassionate portrait of a woman on the rocky road to becoming herself.
It’s love at first sight at the racing circuit, when gangster Gino meets Benedicte a wealthy and fearless racing driver.
Fierce and loyal, Gigi and Bibi fight for their love against fate, reason and their own weaknesses. But how far can endurance be stretched? How far can they go to try and save what may already be lost?
A young mother drifts from one motel to the next with her intoxicating boyfriend and her 8-year-old son.
The makeshift family scrapes by, living one hustle at a time, until the discovery of a mobile home community offers an alternative life.
Donnie is a troubled high school student: in therapy, prone to sleepwalking, and visits from a six-foot rabbit named Frank who tells him the world will end in 28 days 06 hours 42 minutes and 12 seconds.
During that time he will navigate teenage life, narrowly avoid death in the form of a falling jet engine, follow Frank’s maladjusted instructions and try to maintain the space-time continuum.
‘Lucky’ follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town.
Acclaimed character actor John Carroll Lynch’s directorial debut is at once a love letter to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton as well as a meditation on morality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection.
The third Hedon Festival returns in July, with live music, entertainment, performance poetry, children’s activities and a major carnival parade. This a free event hosted by the local community and pub venues.
53 Degrees North is a new music industry conference and live showcase in the the North of England.
The conference brings together leading industry professionals and organisations to network and discuss the modern industry, creating a successful and supportive infrastructure in smaller cities like Hull.
Through a programme of panel’s, workshops, one-to-one’s and masterclasses, 53 Degrees North aims to engage and inspire new artists and future industry professionals.
This year’s conference will sit alongside a series of large outdoor concerts and independent venue showcases featuring national and international bands alongside exciting emerging artists.
The sky over Sewerby Fields in Bridlington is set to be awash with colourful kites as part of a two-day festival, hosted by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the Northern Kite Group and sponsored by St Stephen’s Shopping Centre.
The event will see a number of internationally renowned experts put on an incredible display of giant inflatable kites, and will include a variation of local street food stalls, providing a vast array of food and drink throughout the whole weekend, as well as children’s entertainment.
Join in some medieval merriment, celebrating Hull’s past and present connection with the Hanseatic League in a new location in Trinity Square.
From medieval spinning and weaving, to jester japes and even a ‘Rat Circus’, Hull will be turning the clock back to the 14th century to celebrate the heyday of the medieval trading network. Visitors will be entertained by craftspeople – including papermaking, weaving and arrow making, whilst the Jester aims to wow crowds with shows consisting of fire, juggling, a guillotine…and general silliness!
Working in partnership with Hull Minster, the iconic building will be celebrating the first anniversary of its re-dedicated as a minster by the Archbishop of York in May 2017 with church tours, music, family activities and a Festal Choral Evensong at 4pm.
All this plus market stalls, children’s craft activities, food and our popular staged performance area.
Dig up your own Italian family history with this this family friendly event, delving into Hull’s Italian cuisne and heritage. Bring along photos and heirlooms to our photo booth and share your family stories to add to the story of Italians in Hull.
Come along to see TV chef Joe Hurd share his love of Italian cuisine and family stories in free cooking demonstrations throughout the day, or try your hand at being an archaeologist and dig up roman and Italian artefacts and treasures in our interactive archaeology activity.
Step into the past and experience a renaissance artist’s studio with the launch of Hull School of Art & Design’s virtual reality world.
Live music, craft activities and more throughout the day exploring and celebrating Italian culture running alongside Streetlife Museum’s Italian Connections Exhibition.
Hull Jazz Festivalis back, packed with the talent that’s currently making the UK Jazz scene the envy of the world.
Multi-award winning vocalist Cleveland Watkiss MBE opens the festival, and the closing show features MOBO award-winning saxophonist Denys Baptiste and his acclaimed re-imagining of John Coltrane’s late music.
There’s a focus on new talent too, starting with young British Nigerian saxophonist Camilla George with rising star pianist Sarah Tandy and electronica artists the Broken Orchestra, the Dyr Sister and Revenu plus vocalist Vimala Rowe. David McAlmont unveils a 60th birthday tribute to Prince and the Dime Notes celebrate the tradition of New Orleans.