Freedom Festival Arts Trust

Who’s behind the festival?

A registered charity and company limited by guarantee, Freedom Festival Arts Trust is an innovative arts organisation responsible for producing the highlight of Hull’s cultural programme, Freedom Festival, and a growing in year programme of work.

Freedom Festival Arts Trust celebrates, through artistic and cultural expression, Hull’s independent spirit and historic contribution to the cause of Freedom. The festival grew out of bicentenary commemorations in Hull in 2007 of William Wilberforce’s Act of Parliament which abolished the slave trade in the British Empire. An overriding commitment to articulating the ethos of freedom throughout the festival and across our work is what sets it aside from other comparable events, creating a unique experience for artist and audience alike.

Freedom Festival Arts Trust continues to develop an in year programme of work designed to support community engagement, artist development, ideas cultivation, test/exploration and capacity building. Working with creative, academic and business partners throughout the city, we continue to contribute towards the development of a sustainable cultural ecology, merging industry and arts to ensure a shared approach to cultural transformation in a city on the precipice of change.