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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As Hull and East Yorkshire’s leading communications provider, KCOM has been helping to bring people together for more than a century.

Since starting out with its very first telephone exchange in Wincolmlee in 1904, KCOM has been at the heart of Hull and today stands as a symbol of the city’s independent spirit and uniqueness.

It is only in Hull that you will find the cream telephone boxes that mark the city out as a place that likes to do things a little differently.

That’s why KCOM continues to be a proud sponsor of Freedom, an amazing celebration of Hull’s history, heritage and creativity that is undeniably one of the highlights of our cultural calendar.

And in this UK City of Culture year, KCOM is prouder than ever to be backing Freedom as it builds on the fantastic work already done throughout 2017 of reintroducing Hull to the world as a vibrant, optimistic and fun place to be.

Hull is also a place enjoying an economic as well as cultural renaissance.

KCOM is playing an important role in this by rolling out its world leading ultrafast broadband fibre network; investing £60m across Hull and East Yorkshire to make the region ready for the 21st century.

Now Hull is rapidly becoming one of the UK’s burgeoning digital hotspots as it reinvents itself as the place to be for green industry and tech sector business, ensuring it will enjoy a bright and prosperous future for the next century.

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