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Freedom Festival

In 2022 Freedom Festival will run between Friday 26 August and Sunday 4 September.

Credit Tom Arran Photography

Be curious. Try something new.

Freedom Festival is over for 2021 but you can still view our full programme here

We will be back between Friday 26 August and Sunday 4 September 2022.

Established as part of the 2007 William Wilberforce commemorations, celebrating the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade, Freedom Festival has become one of the UK’s leading international arts festivals. The concept of Freedom threads through all our work: we are a unique platform to entertain, delight, raise awareness and affect positive change, making Freedom Festival more than just a name.

Each year over 120,000 people come together in the centre of Hull to experience and participate in a bold and radical programme of arts in public and civic spaces. In 2021 the Festival delivered a 17-day city-wide programme to allow more audiences to experience events in a safe and controlled manner.

Since 2013 we have supported over 11,000 local people as participants in year-round participatory projects, commissioned or presented 105 new works, supported 424 artists to enhance their practice, and contributed over £25m to the local economy.

We celebrate Hull’s independent spirit and extraordinary heritage working closely with artists, creative organisations, the private sector, academic partners, third sector organisations, families, individuals, and community groups to deliver year-round creative activity and a world-class yearly arts festival.

We are an organisation which generates new ideas, is passionate about supporting artists to develop ideas and art forms and supporting young people to explore the arts. Collaboration is at the heart of everything we do, and we believe that the arts are central to the wellbeing of our society.

We are confident and resilient, central to the cultural ecology in Hull and increasingly well positioned and influential in the wider arts sector.

We are globally connected, outward looking, and committed to learning from our international partners.

To take a look back at Freedom Festivals click here.