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International Development

Credit Tom Arran Photography

Founded in 2013, Freedom Festival Arts Trust brings thousands of people together through our annual festival and year-round artistic and creative programme of performances, installations, and community participation to excite, inspire, challenge, and provoke. 

We are globally connected, outward looking and committed to learning from partners. We operate within creative, touring and commissioning networks including InSitu, Global Streets and Digital Democracies. We are a gateway to international makers, cultivating opportunities to network, collaborate and be inspired. 

Recent projects in collaboration with international partners include: 

The Hull Vigil (UK, France). Hull is the first UK city to host this timely, thought-provoking, large-scale, year-long monumental work by Australian-Belgian choreographer Joanne Leighton from Paris-based WLDN.    

600 Highwaymen: A Thousand Ways (Part One). A Telephone Call (UK, US). This performance explores the line between strangeness and kinship, distance and proximity, and how the most intimate assembly can become profoundly radical.  

Company New Heroes: In Search of Democracy 3.0 (UK, NL). Company New Heroes journeyed through Europe investigating today’s democracies, and solutions for the future. During Freedom Festival 2021 we joined them for a unique and dynamic performance where we were taken on a journey into the past, present and future of democracy, actively searching for new possibilities and ideas. 

Marco Barotti: The Woodpeckers. (UK, IT). Transforming in real time the invisible radiation used for mobile communication and wireless technology into audible and visible drumming patterns, The Woodpeckers appeared in various locations in Hull during Freedom Festival.