Freedom Festival Arts Trust has forged links with five local organisations – HANA, Hull Black History Partnership, Hull Amnesty Group, Hull University Union and WISE – to act as Advisory Partners.
In this key role, these organisations provide valuable input into the development of future festivals as collaborators and ‘sounding boards’ to ensure we consistently meet our aims for the festival.
HANA is a specialist infrastructure support organisation providing services to people from minority ethnic backgrounds. It is composed of 50 black and minority ethnic constituted community groups that represent most of the ethnic, cultural and faith diversity of Hull and the Humber region. The organisation supports both community groups and individuals, advocating on behalf of their interests, representing them in local and regional networks, and delivering projects funded by public agencies and trusts.
“We want all local communities to get involved and participate in this great festival that showcases the spirit and talent of Hull. For us, Freedom Festival is about creative freedom, with communities coming together to make Hull a vibrant place to live, work and enjoy. HANA aims to celebrate all cultures and their contribution to a modern creative city, which is why Freedom Festival is so close to the organisation’s heart.” Brigitta Laszlo, HANA
Hull Amnesty Group is a group member of Amnesty International UK (AIUK) and supports AIUK’s aims, policies and campaigns. Since its inception 52 years ago, AIUK‘s main aim is to publicise the plight of those persecuted, imprisoned, tortured or executed because their opinions or religion are unacceptable to their governments. AIUK works to support these ‘prisoners of conscience’ and end violations of human rights.
“Our group is very pleased to be an advisor to Freedom Festival Arts Trust as we share a common purpose: supporting struggles for human rights, and acknowledging and celebrating those who have worked and made sacrifices for freedoms. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate and share ideas and expertise.” Cecile Oxaal, Hull Amnesty Group
Hull Black History Partnership aims to create a greater awareness of multicultural diversity in Hull, helping people from African Caribbean descent share their heritage with pride. Made up of individuals, community groups, volunteers and agencies, the Partnership celebrates the national Black History Month in October with a month-long programme of events and activities. Events are also held throughout the year, with an emphasis on work in schools.
“Through long-term vision-setting, fundraising, the sharing of expertise, and working in partnership across communities, the work of Hull Black History Partnership and Freedom Festival Arts Trust can help increase mobilisation and engagement, promoting intercultural education activities and helping to foster understanding between people from diverse backgrounds.” Martin Chinga, Hull Black History Partnership
Hull University Union is the students’ union for those studying at the University of Hull. HUU promotes the interests and welfare of students at the University, represents them on any number of issues affecting them throughout their time of study and provides social, cultural and sporting activities for members.
“Being an advisory partner to Freedom Festival gives us an opportunity to become more anchored in the local area and to articulate all the economic, social and cultural benefits available to students here in Hull and the wider region. Freedom Festival encapsulates everything that is great about Hull – its quirkiness, vibrancy and culture. HUU are proud to be advisory partners to Freedom Festival.” Richard Brooks, Hull University Union
The Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE) is an inter-disciplinary research centre, based at the University of Hull, which is dedicated to the pursuit of world-class research in slavery, emancipation, human rights and social justice. It provides a forum for academic discussion and debate and has established links with a range of academic and non-academic partners, including NGOs, human rights organisations, museums, schools and local community groups.
“WISE and Freedom share a common interest in celebrating Hull’s association with the struggle for human rights, not least through the inspiring figure of William Wilberforce. Freedom Festival offers an opportunity to expand our activities, and we look forward to collaborating with Freedom and exploring how we can work together to promote Hull’s unique legacy.” John Oldfield, WISE