Who are the Freedom Festival Community Correspondents?
Freedom Festival News is our very first festival newspaper, which has been produced by our fabulous group of Community Correspondents. These 12 Hull residents were chosen – from a high number of applicants – to be ‘the voice’ of the festival in their local area, as part of an exciting, industry-leading new programme which was first piloted last year.
The Community Correspondents project, which is supported by City Health Care Partnership Foundation and ABP, aims to celebrate the passion and commitment of local people, encouraging them to play a central role in showcasing the cultural transformation taking place across the city.
Our Community Correspondents have been official ‘roaming reporters’ for Freedom Festival, spreading the word about the festival and Hull’s growing cultural credentials throughout Hull and beyond.
As part of the programme, they’ve received training, supported by BBC Radio Humberside and BBC Look North, that has helped them develop their own creative voice, and gained the opportunity to participate in a number of exclusive experiences, including working with programmes teams at the BBC in Hull. They’ve also reported on various cultural events here in Hull and visited another of the UK’s leading arts festivals, Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF) and gained behind-the-scenes access, which you can read about in their various reviews and features across the next few pages.
Read the Freedom News, a newspaper created by our 2016 Community Correspondents:
Joining the Freedom Festival Community Correspondents programme appealed to me because I love meeting people and finding out what attracts them to be in certain places at certain times. I am using newly-learned filming and reporting skills toshare the festival, and its ethos, with a wider community.
Community Correspondent - To see what Clare's been up to, click here.
I wanted to be involved in something I feel passionate about, which is celebrating our freedom in a spirit of engagement, as part of a team. I already feel proud to be a part of this group, and enjoy seeing the rest of the team develop its skills. Things can only get better.
Community Correspondent - To see what David's been up to, click here.
For me, Freedom festival has always been a special experience. Last Year I saw “The Bell”, and it was one of the greatest performances I’d ever seen. I love the spirit and the atmosphere at Freedom Festival, it really brings Hull to life in ways we don’t usually expect.
Community Correspondent - To see what Gavin's been up to, click here.
As a community correspondent it excites me that I can promote the city and continue to prove to people what the City has to offer and continue to show the changes being made around the City to put Hull firmly on the cultural map.
Community Correspondent - To see what James has been up to, click here.
Believes Hull's always been a great city and can only get greater. Tirelessly encouraging people to get out and indulge in the city's culture there's something out there for everyone proud to promote and shout about this wonderful city and its many events, a city crammed with history culture and great people.
Community Correspondent - To see what Paul's been up to, click here.
Sarah has presented radio, designed album covers, written music reviews for xlr8r mag, been in a band, released an album, played a session on BBC 6 Music and curated work at Royal College of Art. In addition, she has co-organised a festival and pop-up shops and events, loves exploring, thrift shop curio, sailing, and most importantly she's mum to a skateboarding dude.
Community Correspondent - To see what Sarah's been up to, click here.
As a Community Correspondent I want to make a wider audience aware of what is going on right here in this country's cultural hub. I’ve loved playing my part in informing everybody what is going on, at Freedom Festival 2016 and beyond.
Community Correspondent - To see what Ian's been up to, click here.
Michelle graduated with a First in Interactive Media (BA Hons) 2012 after retraining mid-life, and for more than ten years has talked up the arts and culture sector in Hull. She is now a self-employed journalist, writer and blogger.
Community Correspondent - To see what Michelle's been up to, click here.
As someone who was born across the water on the South Bank, I'm proud of my roots over on ‘t'other side’ of the bridge, but now call Hull and the East Riding my home.
Community Correspondent - To see what Jools has been up to, click here.
A key aspect for myself is that the festival encourages people to take part, to become involved in the culture of Hull and this is something I believe to be important, which is why I chose to be a part of the project.
Community Correspondent - To find out what Miriam's been up to, click here.