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What we're up to

15th October 2020

BOUND Show streams on World Anti Slavery Day

Sunday 18 October marks World Anti Slavery Day. A time to remember the victims.

24th September 2020

Catch iconic performances again!

Tune into BBC Sounds to listen again to the BBC Introducing performances as part of Freedom Festival 2020.

10th September 2020

Back to School Dance

They're so good, we've left our Freedom DJ sets live for you to enjoy a back to school boogie.

We are an international gateway to exceptional artists and makers, combining epic to intimate moments in public spaces where artists and audiences meet. 

Producers of Hull's Freedom Festival, an international arts festival, we believe artists can change the narrative. With a distinctive creative voice, we enrich our society, giving artistic expression to themes of democracy, identity, human rights and freedom.

We are proud to be one of Arts Council England's National Portfolio Organisations, regarded as a leader in the field of outdoor arts and are part of the artistic directorate of The Without Walls Network and one of only three UK partners of the Europe-wide IN SITU Network. We work in partnership because nothing great is achieved in isolation.      

More than just a festival, if you would like to be kept updated on what we're up to all year round, sign up to our newsletter at the top of this page.

"Hull’s Freedom Festival, the annual boundary-busting, cross-artform event which this year is taking art and provocation directly into people’s homes across the world." Lyn Gardner, Associate Editor The Stage.  

Get involved

Core projects

Digital Democracies is a national project exploring the intersection of technology and public space. The project brings together partners from across the UK – civic, cultural, HE and tech sectors with artists to explore new experiences in our shared public social spaces – real world and online- where we live, work, visit and play.

We’re proud to be a commissioning partner of Global Streets, a national programme that is inspiring local change through unforgettable international outdoor arts experiences coupled with targeted engagement activities.

Freedom Festival would not be possible without the 130 incredible volunteers who give their time every summer to welcome artists and visitors to the festival and to the city.

For 2019 we saw the eyes of the festival through our first ever Young Reporters, as part of an exciting new partnership with Ron Dearing UTC.

We are proud to be one of three UK representatives of the IN SITU network, collaborating with 23 other European programmers to nurture artist development and support artists to develop new forms of art in public space.

We’re proud to be a commissioning partner of Without Walls, a network of festivals that brings fantastic outdoor arts to audiences across the UK.

Continuing the conversation beyond Freedom Festival, with our Freedom Talks.

Core Funding Partners

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