Hull welcomes the world to its year of culture

A cultural event will be held every day next year in Hull as part of the city’s role as UK City of Culture 2017.

Divided into four seasons, the events will feature artists, writers, directors, musicians, revolutionaries and thinkers from the city.

The first season, Made in Hull, will run from January to March, beginning on January 1 with a spectacular opening event over seven days.

Staged across the city centre, Made in Hull will feature large-scale projections and illumination onto buildings and the historic skyline, moving images and live performance, to tell the story of the last 70 years of the city’s life.

The first night will culminate in a fireworks display over the Humber, accompanied by a specially created audio-visual soundtrack.

The City of Culture will be joined by leading cultural organisations from across the UK, including the Arts Council Collection, the Art Fund, BBC, British Council, the British Museum, Hallé Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, National Gallery, National Galleries of Scotland, National Portrait Gallery, Opera North, Royal Institute of British Architects, Royal Collection, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Shakespeare Company, Southbank Centre and Tate.

Martin Green, chief executive and director of Hull 2017, said: “Hull has always had a unique cultural voice and in 2017 it will roar.

“From its artists to its residents through to the city’s incredible heritage, Hull will share with the rest of the world what people from here have known all along – this city has contributed significantly to ideas that have changed and enriched the world.”

Each of Hull UK City of Culture’s four seasons has a theme connected to the city and its place in the world: Made in Hull (January-March); Roots & Routes (April-June); Freedom (July-September); and Tell the World (October-December).

Highlights include:

• The world premiere of The Hypocrite by Hull playwright Richard Bean (of One Man, Two Guvnors fame) (February 24-March 18).

• Other Hull Truck Theatre highlights include Richard III (May 4-27); the world premiere of Mighty Atoms by Amanda Whittington, inspired by the life of Hull’s original ‘Mighty Atom’, world champion boxer Barbara Buttrick (June 8-July 1).

• Major commissions include Blast Theory, whose work blurs the boundaries between real and fictional and will be inviting residents and visitors to Hull to re-imagine the city 80 years into the future as part of 2097: We Made Ourselves Over, a new multi-platform city-wide installation that will run throughout 2017.

• Hull will be at the forefront of celebrations to mark 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, with Festival LGBT 50.

• WOW (Women of the World) is a festival of talks, debates, music, film, comedy and activism that celebrates women and takes frank look at what stops them achieving their potential.

hull2017.co.uk