Visitors flocked to Freedom Festival, Hull’s international arts festival, this weekend to enjoy attractions including the stunning Danbor Talka (Clash of Drums) by Les Commandos Percu and Deabru Beltzak; the breath-taking aerial spectacular As the World Tipped by Wired Aerial Theatre and Swoolish Garage’s Vespaqua – which gave festivalgoers the opportunity to be taken on a tour of the festival site while sitting in a bathtub!
An estimated attendance of 72,893 was recorded for the city’s favourite arts and culture event, which took place in and around Hull’s Fruit Market and brought more than 200 performances and artists from over 30 countries.
Mikey Martins, artistic director and CEO of Freedom Festival Arts Trust said he and his team were thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive response to the three-day festival, which included attractions such as The People’s Tower, a 15 metre structure which was built by visitors on the final day of the event (4 September).
Mikey said: “We’re all feeling very proud and happy after a wonderful weekend; even the rain on Saturday didn’t stop tens of thousands of people flocking to the festival to enjoy a programme featuring so many phenomenal artists.
“We’re still capturing feedback but it was obvious from seeing visitors enjoying everything the festival had to offer – from the craziness of the Wandering Orquestra, to the stunning Voices of the Revolution, to the close-to-the-bone humour of Bramble FM, not to mention all of the spectaculars – that the weekend has been incredibly well-received.
“We’ve had some amazing comments, with people saying the festival makes them proud to be from Hull and that ‘Danbor Talka’ was the best show they’d ever seen. And our fantastic team of volunteers were a true credit to the city. We’d like to say a massive thank you to them and to everyone who came down to the festival and enjoyed the weekend with us.”