Freedom Festival Arts Trust –
Secure ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND National Portfolio status for 2018-2022
Freedom Festival Arts Trust, the producers of Hull’s annual cultural highlight, ‘the Freedom Festival’ and a growing year-round program of work have successfully retained their status as one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations.
The renewed NPO status follows a period of transition which has seen FFAT move from outsourcing delivery of the festival to producing/curating the festival and delivering an extensive year-round program with a Hull based team since 2016.
“We are absolutely delighted to have been granted 4 years continuation of our NPO status with Arts Council England. This commitment from ACE gives us a solid foundation to build from and also mirrors the commitment and value that HCC our local authority has for us. We will continue to produce an extraordinary annual arts festival for the city and region to be proud of, and building on the inspiration which ‘Hull 2017’ is making on the city, we will aim to be an even more ambitious organisation than before.
Thanks to an increase in our NPO funds from ACE this will allow us to be able to support artist development better in the city and wider region and also to dedicate funds to co-commissioning new work(s) made in Hull annually, we are thrilled to be in a position to offer even more opportunities for artists to develop their work and forge real careers in the arts industry.
None of this would be possible without the continued support of our board, sponsors, funders, industry peers, artists, volunteers and the dedicated team here who work so hard to develop Freedom Festival Arts Trust into not just an annual festival organisation but as an all year-round arts organisation fundamental to the cultural ecology of the city and the wider region.
And it is even better news for us to hear today that our local peer organisations and friends at Hull Truck, Artlink, Hulls Libraries and Museums and J-Night have all retained their National Portfolio Organisation status which is a clear testament to the city’s success. These partner organisations will continue to work together, committed to ensuring the legacy of Hull UK City of Culture 2017. We look forward to continuing to present, produce and support a world-class cultural offer for the city of Hull.”
Mikey Martins – Artistic Director and CEO
Jenny Howard Coombes – Executive Director
Freedom Festival Arts Trust