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. 

Keepmoat Group

“Keepmoat have been proud supporters of Freedom Festival since 2013 and we have, with great pride, watched the festival grow into one of the UK’s finest arts festivals. In particular the scale and quality of the 2016 festival made clear that this is a festival which is local at heart but international in ambition.

Freedom Festival Arts Trust, through the festival and growing year round programme have had a transformational effect upon the city, celebrating the people and the rich history of Hull. Their distinctive voice and commitment to supporting positive change reflects our own values and resonates throughout their work.

Our experience of working with the festival team has been incredibly positive. Their approach is one of true collaboration. This is reflected in their ability and commitment to work with us to develop a sponsor programme which truly reflects our needs whilst also ensuring the integrity of their work.”

David Carmichael

Group Land & Partnerships Director


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ABP is the UK’s largest port operating company managing 21 ports around Britain and handling almost 100 million tonnes of cargo every year.  As an island nation, our ports are the gateway to Britain’s trade and play an absolutely vital role in the local, regional and national economies.

ABP’s ports include four ports on the Humber estuary:  Goole, Grimsby, Hull and Immingham.

The Humber is the UK’s busiest trading estuary, with around 30,000 vessel movements every year.  ABP’s ports are a key part of this trade, handling in excess of £75 billion worth of goods every year.  Our ports support local industry and manufacturing and provide businesses in the North and beyond with essential access to international markets. 

Together with our customers, our ports in the Humber support 23,000 jobs in the region and contribute £2.2 billion to the UK economy every year, including £1.5 billion to the Humber regional economy.

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“The Freedom Festival is not just a celebration of Hull, it also provides the city with the platform to remember probably its most famous son, William Wilberforce. It captures the independent spirit of the city, and our freedoms, through artistic and cultural expression, whilst showcasing Hull’s unique personality to the world. This not only adds cultural value but it builds aspirations; encourages investment; and supports the social and economic regeneration of the city.

From a thriving cultural scene and Hull 2017, to successful, innovative, forward thinking businesses, Hull has a lot to celebrate; and we are proud to sponsor such a pivotal event for the city.”

Andy Capes

Office Managing Partner (Hull)

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William Jackson Food Group

At William Jackson Food Group we’re delighted to be supporting the great work of the Freedom Festival team.

William Jackson established our business in Hull in 1851. Today we’re a sixth generation family business and our Chairman Nicholas Oughtred is William Jackson’s Great Great Grandson. We employ around 2,000 people nationwide and our businesses included Hull-based Aunt Bessie’s and Jackson’s Bakery. We also own organic grocery business Abel & Cole, The Food Doctor and MyFresh – not forgetting The Ferguson Fawsitt Arms in Walkington.

We say a community should be a better place for having one of our businesses in it – and we’re proud to be supporting the Freedom Festival as it’s a great event and a brilliant example of the people of Hull working together for the good of our city.

We’re really looking forward to this year’s event, especially seeing people coming together to enjoy the feast.



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Prestige Recruitment

The team at Prestige Recruitment are delighted to be sponsoring the Stage @TheDock for this year’s Freedom Festival.

It’s an event that hundreds of thousands of Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire residents have visited over the years and increasingly out of region visitors too – and we are thrilled to be a part of this special event for 2017.

We have a proud 25-year history in this community, with a strong past and an exciting future. As such our involvement with Freedom fits with our ethos of investment in our city, its regeneration, diversity and generally being proud of where we are from.

As a business we are an award winning recruitment agency working with many local businesses, placing employees across a wide range of sectors including Industrial & Manufacturing, Transport & Warehousing, Food Manufacturing & Processing, Construction & Engineering, NHS & Public Sector, Healthcare and Business Support.

We don’t believe in just filling job gaps with people. We like to think of our people as your people.

We are delighted to be involved in this fantastic international arts festival, which celebrates this great city and the communities within. We all look forward to sampling what is on offer come September’s Festival.


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Coletta and Tyson

Coletta & Tyson Nurseries and Garden Centre is a local family business. Growing plants on its nurseries in East Yorkshire it supplies national retailers as well as its own garden centre in Woodmansey. 

The Coletta family immigrated to Hull in the early 1900’s from Italy. John Coletta was awarded the George Medal for his part in saving the Wilberforce House Museum from burning down during a heavy World War 2 air strike.

The Tyson family hail from East Hull. Brian Tyson played for Hull Kingston Rovers and Great Britain. Brian’s sons, John and Paul worked with their grandfather and father and are the current custodians of the business.

Freedom festival uses the arts to bring people and communities together in unique and exciting ways to promote messages of freedom, fairness and equality for all – values that Coletta & Tyson relate to and are proud to support.

Paul Tyson, Director

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