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Freedom Talks 

Freedom Festival Arts Trust in partnership with University of Hull and Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE).

Freedom Talk with Blair Imani at Freedom Festival 2017, image Tom Arran.

The ‘Freedom Talks’ have been an integral part of the festival programme since 2017 – this year we continued the conversation outside the festival with a special talk in March 2019 at the University of Hull to mark the anniversary of the Modern Slavery Act.   

Once again, in partnership with University of Hull and the Wilberforce Institute we’re proud to present an accessible yet challenging talks, debates and participatory discussion programme.

The programme explores current challenges to human and civil rights with national and international artists, academics from the University of Hull and facilitators.

We want to open up the debate and connect artists, academics and the public to explore themes presented as part of the wider festival. It’s an opportunity for you to discuss current issues and challenges around all aspects of freedom. This year, we’re featuring panel discussions on

  • For the Greater Good? – Artificial Intelligence (AI), the rise of the algorithm and who really makes the big decisions on our behalf.
  • Modern-Day Slavery – focusing on the challenges in the construction and agricultural industries.
  • Ages of Isolation – throwing a spotlight on loneliness, mental health and the increasing isolation in modern-day society.
  • Ask for the Moons – a panel where the tables are turned and the teenagers rule the roost. The executive team of Freedom festival and other city representatives face a cohort of young people to make a deal with the city about the future. Not small things – the big things. Watch the future unfold before your very eyes.

These talks are BSL Interpreted. 

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Sat 31 Aug, 1:00pm
Sat 31 Aug, 2:45pm
Sun 1 Sep, 12:15pm
Sun 1 Sep, 4:30pm

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This is a FREE event.

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