Business Partners

Freedom Festival Arts Trust is an independent charitable organisation; the development and increasing success of the festival is made possible by a number of key supporters. Their investment, advice and confidence in Freedom ensures that the festival continues to grow into a world-class arts event. We thank them all for their contribution and support. 

Wykeland Group

“Wykeland Group is proud to be a long-standing business partner of Freedom Festival Arts Trust and to have supported the development of the Freedom Festival as Hull’s premier artistic and cultural event.

Our support for the Freedom Festival reflects our deep commitment to culture and the arts and to the vital part they play in the development of successful and sustainable communities. We believe that lasting regeneration can only be delivered when physical change and economic investment are allied to cultural and social development. After all, regeneration is not about buildings; it’s all about people.

As well as supporting the Freedom Festival, we have sponsored many local arts and cultural groups and initiatives and were the first of the business ‘angels’ who backed Hull’s bid to be UK City of Culture.

We believe in the power of culture and the arts to raise aspirations and ambition, bring people and communities together and stimulate the economy. We have seen that in Hull where the success of events such as Freedom Festival have played a critical role in securing City of Culture status which has, in turn, been the catalyst for tens of millions of pounds of public and private sector investment in the city’s infrastructure and facilities.

As a Major Partner of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 we are supporting the delivery of a year-long celebration of the city’s rich and diverse cultural credentials and helping to bring amazing artistic events to local audiences. This investment includes creating Stage @TheDock, the city’s only new permanent venue for 2017, and we have forged an exciting partnership with the Freedom Festival Arts Trust to realise the full potential of this great new cultural asset.

We are proud to continue to support the Freedom Festival in 2016  and we look forward to Stage @TheDock becoming a regular venue for the festival and many other cultural events in the lead up to 2017, during the City of Culture year and long beyond.”

Dominic Gibbons

Managing Director

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