Before the bid decision was announced in November 2013, Freedom Festival was the pinnacle of a fantastic summer of cultural events in the city, and viewed by many as clear evidence that Hull was ready to deliver as UK City of Culture.
The announcement followed almost a year of hard work from people and organisations across Hull, backed by support from the wider community, who all played a part in the bid’s success.
As we journey towards 2017, Hull is working together to create and host a spectacular programme of artistic excellence and events on a scale never seen before in the city, drawing visitors from the rest of the UK and beyond.
The Hull 2017 programme is split into four seasons and Freedom Festival will conclude the ‘Freedom Season’ in September 2017. Ambitious plans are under way, and discussions – with extraordinary artists, producers and musicians, thinkers and innovators from Hull, the UK and across the globe – are in motion.
Our Artistic Director and Chief Executive Mikey Martins has many years’ experience of working at some of the finest outdoor arts events and festivals in the UK, Europe and Australia, and believes in the power of cultural events, festivals and community happenings to truly enrich people’s lives. Mikey: “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!
“2016 will mark a step change in Freedom Festival’s artistic ambition as we move towards 2017. And in 2018 we will still be here, stronger, wiser and continuing the legacy of the fantastic opportunity that lies before us.”
Freedom Festival looks forward to being part of Hull 2017 (and beyond…)