More than 1.4 million visitors attended events, exhibitions and cultural activities during the first three months of Hull’s City of Culture celebrations.
The figures from the University of Hull also show that about 450 events and cultural activities took place during the first season, and, as the second season draws to a close at the end of June, this has now increased to almost 1,000 events.
More than half a million visits were made to Hull’s museums and galleries in the first four months of the year – and Ferens Art Gallery and Hull Maritime Museum have seen year-on-year increases of more than 500%.
The poppy sculpture Weeping Window, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, received more than 720,000 visits at the Maritime Museum in Hull, making it the most popular venue to host the poppies since the tour began in 2015.
Other findings from the University suggest that being UK City of Culture is bringing a “feelgood factor and increased confidence to the city”.
John Glen, minister for arts, heritage and tourism, said: “It is fantastic to see the huge benefits Hull is enjoying as UK City of Culture.
“Cultural investment can help transform communities and we are already seeing the positive impact it is having on people’s lives, local businesses and tourism in Hull.”
Phil Redmond, chair of UK City of Culture Independent Advisory Panel, added: “These impressive figures indicate both value and the impact of being the UK City Culture, while vindicating the Panel’s decision to award the title to Hull. They have done what we asked: raised the bar for whoever follows in 2021.”
Pictured: An installation titled We Are Hull by artist Zolst Balogh is projected onto buildings in the city’s Queen Victoria Square, forming part of the Made in Hull series marking the official opening of Hull’s tenure as UK City of Culture. Credit: Danny Lawson.