Hull City of Culture Upcoming Events Part 2

The Hull City of Culture event has been supplying jaw-dropping experiences, bold artwork, and intriguing installations to visitors from all across the country, and the well of creativity certainly hasn’t run dry. There are plenty of great upcoming events on the horizon for you to add to your calendar, and here are just a few of the one’s we’re looking forward to most.

Carnivalesque: The Mark Wigan Art Show

Carnivalesque: The Mark Wigan Art Show kicked off on June 17th and will be running on weekends right through to the December 30th. Wigan is one of the most celebrated English contemporary visual artists, boasting an international influence and the acknowledged position as a central pioneer of urban art across the globe.

Carnivalesque: The Mark Wigan Art Show has collected together paintings, prints, and unseen drawings from his own personal archive, which goes back over 50 years’ worth of material. His work is defined by a mixture of mediums, including video, photography, literature, sculpture, drawing, painting, public art, and performance, with research exploring the evolving role of the artist in the post digital landscape.

You’ll find Carnivalesque: The Mark Wigan Art Show at the Museum of Club Culture. Tickets are free.

50 Queers for 50 Years Workshop

Running in Hull City Centre across select dates from June 30th to July 21st, the 50 Queers for 50 Years Workshop is set to be a wonderfully fun way to express LBGTQ pride. All you need to do is drop in for a free session on any date to help put together placards celebrating some of the top 50 British LGBTQ icons. From Freddie Mercury to Clare Balding to Dusty Springfield, numerous stars will be embodied in this huge collaborative project.

If you want to see your handiwork, make sure you visit the Pride in Hull parade on July 22nd . Come to workshops on Thursdays and Fridays from 4pm to 7pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm to 5pm. It’s free!

Hull Film Festival: My Life as a Courgette

A film by Claude Barras, My Life as a Courgette tracks the story of the eponymous hero after the death of his mother. Filled with joy, sorrow, and laughter in equal measures, it’s set to be a popular film event for the whole family. Certified PG and running for 66 minutes the film will be shown at 6.30pm on July 1st at Vue Cinema Hull. Pick up a family pass for £22 or snag a child’s ticket for £5 if they’re conveniently under 14.

Freedom Festival 2017

Hull has recently been named the UK’s City of Culture for 2017, and the Freedom Festival was instrumental in the success of the city’s bid.

Of course, the Freedom Festival has been an important part of UK culture for years now, and represents the most eagerly awaited summer of cultural events in the city.

The 2017, the Freedom Festival is set to kick things up a notch by creating an even more extensive programme showcasing the very best artists, producers, musicians, thinkers, and innovators from Hull, the UK, and all across the world.

Artistic Director and Chief Executive Mikey Martins boasts years of experience putting together some of the most famous outdoor arts events and festivals in the world. In his own words: “To have this opportunity here in Hull, a place with such a strong sense of identity, such incredible history and stories, and at a moment of such exciting change, regeneration and genuine positivity – that is a recipe for the extraordinary to happen!

If there’s one event that is likely to prove unmissable, it’s the Launch Party, but there’ll be plenty else on during the event, which is set to run from the 1st to the 3rd of September.

Kids will find themselves entertained by a wide selection of shows. Head to The Flycycle and The Submercycle, presented by Pif-Paf Theatre, to travel across time aboard Pif-Paf’s famous machines during an unforgettable piece of cycle-based, interactive street theatre. You can also indulge your kid’s penchant from nonsense at the Gobbledegook Theatre. For a slightly more educational day, don’t miss The Science Lab. Presented by the University of Hull, this event will make learning fun with a number of mind-boggling and entertaining science based attractions.

And there’s still plenty for the adults to enjoy. You can take in some comedy theatre from The Wandering Orquestra, check out outsider art in the forms of Olivier Grossetête’s The People’s Tower and Cirque Bijou’s The Umbrella Project, and attend The Dream Engine. The latter show, presented by Heliosphere, will feature a world-class balletic aerialist tumbling and turning gracefully through the air from twenty meters up, and she’ll be suspended by nothing more than a large helium balloon. Those with a literary leaning can head to the Beyond Words Book fair.

These are just a few of the events that will be available. With everything from comedy to cabaret on offer, make sure you check out the Freedom Festival.

Hull City of Culture: Seasons

Hull has been named the United Kingdom’s City of Culture for 2017, and the city is organising an event that will showcase the best of its traditional and contemporary culture, and that event will be taking place over the whole year. From January 1st to December 31st of 2017, the city will be playing host to numerous events, each of which will say something distinctive and captivating about Hull and its proud traditions.

As it’s to be a year-long festival, organisers have made the smart step of dividing the whole event into four separate seasons. Here’s a quick taste of what’s on offer from each.

Season One: Made in Hull

From the start of January through to the end of March, Hull will reinvent the nation’s preconceptions by showing what the city is really made of. Season One will be devoted to the diverse array of contributions that Hull has made to the world. Whether showcasing artistic accomplishments in areas such as theatre, music, and poetry, or technological innovations, such as wind turbines, Hull’s legacy of great innovators will be celebrated.

Season Two: Roots and Routes

Running from April through to the end of June, Season Two will look beyond the city itself to capture the ways in which Hull has become intricately and intimately connected to the world beyond its borders. As a place of migration and transitions within an increasingly connected world, the city will celebrate its position as a place where paths cross and journeys begin. Roots and Routes will bring an international flavour while Hull shines as the centre of UK culture during 2017.

Season Three: Freedom

The summer season will naturally draw plenty of crowds, and organisers have decided to entertain those crowds fittingly. Just as summer lets things feel a little more open, Hull will embrace the theme of Freedom. This marks the time when the city will be encouraging people to debate, create, and reimagine. Expect lively panel discussions and works of art that reinvent the way you see the world. Season Three will also explore the pivotal, and yet often ignored, role that Hull played within the emancipation movement.

Season Four: Tell The World

October through to the end of the year will see stories merge and fresh ones initiated. Hull’s emerging importance within the Northern Powerhouse will be expressed, with the city confirming its independence and individuality. Expect special events highlighting the future of life in the UK’s 2017 City of Culture.


Halloween: What’s On in Hull and East Riding

There’s a whole host of events that are taking place across Hull and the East Riding this Halloween season, and here are just a few of our top picks:

  • Whistling Goose Children’s Party: To get your little ones into the Halloween spirit without causing too many nightmares, try the party at Whistling Goose in Sutton Fields. Traditional party games will be combined with face painting, balloon modelling, and a ghost hunt.
  • Story Readings: Literary scare-seekers should try heading to Bridlington’s Spa Theatre. Supernatural fiction writer M.R. James will be enthralling and unnerving listeners with four gripping ghost stories
  • Ghost Cruise: The Bridlington harbour-based Yorkshire Belle pleasure boat is providing a chilling twilight Ghost Cruise. Call ahead to book your spot.
  • The Deep’s Spooktacular Halloween: For over-18s only, The Deep will be hosting a fancy dress Halloween party on Saturday evening for all ghosts, ghouls, devils, and witches able to attend. Ticket prices include a goblet of witches’ brew, plus a three-course Halloween buffet. Prizes are awarded for the best costumes.
  • Halloween Fright Night at East Park: Combining fun fair with stunt show, East Park will become a favourite haunt from 6pm on Friday to 9pm on Monday. The Stannage International Stunt Team and Flaming Eye Stunt Show will be there, and you can look out for anything from stilt walkers to ghost walks.
  • Frightwater Valley: Lightwater Valley will be reanimated as Frightwater Valley for two days in order to provide a Halloween to remember. All manner of petrifying beasts will take residence to scare any who are brave enough to venture inside. Stick around until 6.30pm on Saturday or 5.30pm on Sunday to take in spectacular firework displays.

Other events include:

  • Half-term Halloween fun for kids at St Stephen’s Shopping Centre on the 29th
  • Halloween Night at the Yorkshire Waterways Museum on the 29th
  • Most Haunted Nites at Fort Paull on the 29th
  • RSPCA Hull and East Riding Halloween Ball on the 29th
  • Halloween Fancy Dress Disco at Greatfield on the 29th
  • Halloween at the Prospect Centre on the 30th
  • Ings Library Halloween Fun Days and Craft Session on the 30th
  • Alex’s Smile Halloween fancy dress party at Marist Church Hall on the 30th
  • Singles Together Halloween disco at Goodfellowship in Cottingham Road on the 30th
  • Madcap Magic Mike at Bridlington Spa on the 30th
  • Bransholme Woods Halloween event on the 31st
  • Freedom Centre Halloween Party at the Freedom Centre in Preston Road on the 31st

No matter what you’re looking for, Hull and East Riding have plenty of options to provide all kinds of thrills and scares.