I thought I’d bring you a brief update about what’s been happening since Freedom ’15 wound down on that lovely sunny evening at the start of September. As you might expect, it’s been a brilliantly busy and productive time here at FF Towers, as we like to call our office (though we don’t actually have a tower, more’s the pity).
The last couple of months have completely flown by. September was taken up with evaluations, de-briefs and general wrapping and tidying up of this year’s Freedom Festival; October disappeared in a seemingly continuous flurry of planning meetings with creative partners, funders, sponsors and friends; now all of a sudden it’s mid-November! How on earth did that happen?!
This month, the Freedom team will say an emotional and heartfelt farewell to Walk the Plank, as we thank them for the brilliant work and inspiration they’ve brought to Freedom Festival and to Hull itself over the last three years. We wish them all the best and we look forward with excitement to the future.
With that future in mind, we’ve just closed the application process for two new core roles within the festival team, ‘Head of Production and Health and Safety’ and our ‘Producer/Project Manager’. We were thrilled with the excellent response to both positions, which is testament to the reputation of both Freedom Festival and Hull itself, on a local and national level. It’s going to be a tough task to select our new team members from some brilliant applicants.
Over the last couple of months, I’ve been out and about seeing some great work both in the UK and abroad – visiting far-flung destinations including Barcelona, Marseilles and…Milton Keynes. Tarega, Amersfoort, London and even Whitby have been on my itinerary in recent weeks too. While I’m unable to reveal anything at this stage, I can say that there are some very exciting possibilities now shaping up for Freedom Festivals 2016 and 2017.
Not one to sit still for very long, I’ve also been speaking at several conferences on art in public space and UK outdoor arts festivals, and am constantly spreading the good word of Freedom Festival far and wide.
I must also mention that we were very excited to attend the 2017 brand launch at Hull Truck a couple of weeks ago. It was so exciting seeing it all coming together and all presented in such a warm, welcoming Hull style. We are really looking forward to playing our part in 2017 and getting stuck into all the fantastic events coming our way.
So forgive me if some email replies may have been sluggish, or I just couldn’t make it to that event the other night, but right now it’s head down and plan, plan, plan. And I promise you’ll be the first to know when those plans are confirmed!
Artistic Director and CEO, Freedom Festival Arts Trust
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