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Did you know we are a charity? Find out how you can support our future activity.

Freedom Festival Arts Trust is a registered charity. An international gateway to exceptional artists and makers, we combine epic to intimate moments in public spaces where artists and audiences meet.

As producers of Hull's Freedom Festival, an international arts festival, we firmly believe that 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. We 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.    

We champion the city of Hull, commissioning world-class art and nurturing local talent, while consistently being able to evidence a tangible and enduring contribution in the social well-being, cultural offer and economic standing of the city.

As a frontier arts organisation, we are committed to championing artists and activating public space, altering perceptions of venue-based programmes and deepening engagement. Now in our 12th year, we achieve this by remaining relevant, ambitious, agile and critical to the community in which we reside and the sector which we serve. However, we couldn't do this without your support.  

There are many ways you can support us. 

At festival donation boxes: Our fabulous volunteers will be visible throughout the city with collection buckets in hand and will be all too happy to except your donations.

Text to give: Text FREEDOM to 70140 to donate £5 and share your love of Freedom.

Really Love Freedom? Why not support us year-round by joining one of our Friends of Freedom programmes. For more information get in touch by emailing  

Our impact in 2018:

  • 132,200 visitors access a free international programme
  • 2,800 local people actively participate in creative programme
  • 15 brand new artistic commissions presented at festival
  • £4.3m additional spend in the city