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Access at Freedom Festival 2023

At Freedom Festival Arts Trust, we care passionately about providing enjoyable experiences that are accessible to all.

Our friendly team of staff and volunteers will be on hand to offer any assistance. Our What to Expect guide provides clear and concise information on each show which can be useful for neurodiverse audiences and those with access needs.

We are proud to work again this year with Sight Support who have provided an audio brochure.

At Freedom Festival, all sites are:

  • Wheelchair accessible*
  • Assistance dog friendly
  • Where applicable, have viewing areas with seating
  • Include information about travelling to site, blue badge parking and accessible toilets

* Please note the Invisible City Exhibition may not be accessible to wheelchair users. Please see the What To Expect guide or Invisible City's web page for more information.

There will be an Access Meeting Place at the Info Point on Princes Dock Street, with volunteers designated to help anyone who requires assistance entering and exiting Zebedee’s Yard.

Relaxed Space

If you need to take a moment away from the crowds Mencap’s Nice Twice Club and Gig Buddies will be on site on Saturday and Sunday with more relaxed spaces on Princes Dock Street and more information about accessibility at events.

Accessible Toilets

RevoLOOtion will be in Zebedee’s Yard on Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd September. RevoLOOtion is a mobile accessible toilet with hoist and changing bench. Please bring your own sling if you wish to use the hoist.

Trinity Market’s permanent changing places unit will be open Friday and Saturday between 8am and 10pm, and on Sunday it will be open between 10am and 4pm.

Audiences can find toilet facilities in Princes Quay shopping centre (open 9am – 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and 10.30am – 4.30pm Sunday), and additional toilets will be available throughout the main festival weekend in Zebedee’s Yard.

Accessible Parking

  • Blue badge parking bays are located on Market Place, Hull, HU1 1RR.
  • Blue badge parking is also available at Lowgate, Fruitmarket multi-storey car park, Alfred Gelder Street, The Deep, Silver Street, Saville Street and Bond Street.
  • Designated disabled parking spaces are on Level 2, 3 and 4 of Princes Quay, which have direct access to the shopping centre. A valid blue badge must be visible on windscreen. Disabled parking is not exempt from charges. The car park has two large lifts which allow access to any parking floor.

Transport

  • Taxis are available through Drive Private Hire & Taxis, Hull’s largest taxi firm. Visit their website or call 01482 575757 to book your cab.
  • Or you can order a taxi from Hull Cars by calling 01482 828282 or visit their website.
  • The closest taxi ranks are located at Princes Dock Street, Market Place, Alfred Gelder Street, Lowgate and Carr Lane
  • Buses generally run from Interchange up to midnight Monday-Saturday. Audiences can access bus times here: https://www.eastyorkshirebuses.co.uk/plan-your-journey and here https://www.stagecoachbus.com/timetables
  • To plan your journey by train, and for information on disruptions and cancellations visit www.nationalrail.co.uk

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Access at shows

  • Many shows are highly visual and speech free.
  • Most shows are accessible for all ages.
  • BSL interpreters will provide high quality access for most shows which have spoken word.
  • We will be leading an audio tour of some of our most highly visual shows on Saturday 2nd of September.
  • There will be ‘touch tours’ for visually impaired audiences to experience.
  • In our brochure and on our website, we have ‘What to Expect’ icons for quick guidance on each event. The Access icons show which shows have different access provision. Online, we also have a ‘What to Expect Guide’.
  • The info point on Princes Dock Street will act as a meeting place for people with access requirements to assist with gaining access to Zebedee’s Yard
  • At our unticketed shows, you can leave and return at your leisure.
  • You are welcome to arrive as early as you like to feel comfortable in the space.

If you’d like to learn more about accessibility at events, we are partnering with Hull Mencap’s Nice Twice Club and Hull Red’s Gig Buddies who will be on site at Freedom Festival on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September with their own relaxing chill out spaces on Princes Dock Street.

There will be an Access Meeting Place at the Info Booth on Princes Dock Street outside Zebedee’s Yard, with volunteers designated to help anyone who requires assistance entering and exiting Zebedee’s Yard.

Freedom Festival Arts Trust are a member of the Disability in the Arts Network, who continuously work hard to provide incredible access provisions at our festivals so that no one feels that they cannot enjoy outstanding international art.

Accessible brochures:

What To Expect Guide

Easy Read Guide

Large Print Brochure

Fast Food Megaverse What to Expect Guide

Listen to the Audio Guide below:

Audio Described Performances and Exhibitions:

Friday 1 Sep:
11:15 – 12:15: Freedom Women’s Collective ‘Tomorrow’ Exhibition (Location Ferens Art Gallery)
12:30 – 13:00: Vilk Collective & Squid Soup ‘Circle’ Touch Tour (Location Princes Quay Event Space)
13:00 – 13:45: Vilk Collective & Squid Soup ‘Circle’ Performance (Location Princes Quay Event Space)
14:00 – 15:00: Rights Community Action ‘Shorelines - The Perfect Storm’ Exhibition (Location Whitefriargate)
15:15 – 16:15: Hull York Medical School ‘Bringing Breathlessness into View’ Exhibition (Location Hepworth Arcade)
18:00 – 18:30: Via Berlin ‘Instant Loneliness’ Touch Tour (Location Hull Truck)
19:30 – 20:30: Via Berlin ‘Instant Loneliness’ performance (Location Hull Truck)

Saturday 2 Sep:
12:30 – 13:00: Tripotes de Compagnie ‘Encore une Fois’ performance (Location Zebedee’s Yard)
14:00 – 14:45: Company Chameleon ‘Refuse’ performance (Location Princes Dock Street)
15:30 – 16:15: Zum-Zum Teatre ‘Hippos’ performance (Location Princes Dock Street)
17:00 – 18:00: Circumstances ‘Exit’ (Location Stage @ The Dock)
18:30 – 19:15: 15Feet6 ‘Primus’ (Location Zebedee’s Yard)

Performances with British Sign Language Interpretation:

Thursday 31 August
13:00 – 17:00: Freedom Talks (Location Middleton Hall)
19:30 – 22:30: The Warren Youth Project & Middle Child ‘Three Minute Monologues’ (Location Social @ Humber Street)

Friday 1 Sep
10:00 – 17:00: Freedom Talks (Location Middleton Hall)
19:30 – 20:30: Via Berlin ‘Instant Loneliness’ – LIVE CAPTIONED, NO BSL - (Hull Truck)
19:00 – 21:45: The Warren Records presents ‘Make Noise’, ‘AVIS’, ‘Bizzarefae’, ‘Jodie Langford’, and ‘Candid Faces’

Saturday 2 Sep
10:00 – 13:00: Freedom Talks ‘Flemish Breakfast’ (Social @ Humber Street)
12:00 – 13:00: The Herd ‘Fast Food Megaverse’ (Old Tessie’s @ Humber Street)
15:00 – 16:30: Freedom Women’s Collective ‘Tomorrow’ Exhibition panel discussion (Ferens Art Gallery)
14:30 – 15:30: The Herd ‘Fast Food Megaverse’ (Old Tessie’s @ Humber Street)
20:00 – 21:00: Otto & Astrid’s Joint Solo Project (Social @ Humber Street)

Sunday 3 Sep
10:00 – 12:00: Freedom Talks ‘OAUK Fundraising Workshop’ (Social @ Humber Street)
12:00 – 12:45: Jones and Barnard ‘Variety Spectacular’ (Trinity Market)
10.00 – 14.15: The Everyman Project ‘Let’s Make an Opera in a Day’ workshops (Stage @ The Dock)
15.30 - 15.45: The Everyman Project ‘Let’s Make an Opera in a Day’ sharing (Stage @ The Dock)

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We are constantly updating our access provision, so keep checking back on this page. If you have any queries or feel that there is anything we can improve upon, we are open to suggestions! Please feel free to contact: Matt Nolan, Assistant Producer 01482 214036

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