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2nd September 2019

Thank you for joining us for Freedom Festival 2019

Fuelled by hope and humanity, Hull city centre came alive over five days and nights

29th August 2019

Hull College and Cranswick Plc team up to feed the festival

Hull College Catering Students Team up with Cranswick Plc to feed artists and audiences at Freedom Festival!

28th August 2019

The stage is set!

The stage is set - it’s time for Freedom Festival 2019 to take over Hull city centre with a powerhouse programme

27th August 2019

Are you ready for Freedom Festival 2019?

Here's our pick of this year's unmissable shows.

27th August 2019

Freedom Festival hosts professional programme

In partnership with the British Council, Hull Truck Theatre and in collaboration with XTRAX we're proud to host a four day programme for industry professionals.

26th August 2019

Young people take centre stage at Freedom

Young people will take centre stage at this year’s Freedom Festival.

23rd August 2019

Meet our Accelerate Interns

Meet the University of Hull students who are helping to deliver Freedom Festival.

21st August 2019

Loving in Absence Workshops

As part of our Ages of Isolation project, we're working with CHCP Foundation to deliver two creative workshops for older people at the Jean Bishop Integrated Care Centre.

20th August 2019

Celebrating 40 years of Hull's relationship with Freetown

This year's Freedom Festival celebrates the 40th anniversary of the civic relationship between Freetown in Sierra

19th August 2019

What does it mean to be free?

Local law firm Rollits is once again proud to be supporting Freedom Festival, by bringing ON EDGE by Justice in Motion to the city.

16th August 2019

Jenny Howard-Coombes to step down as Executive Director after this year's festival

After seven years she is taking up a new role at the National Trust for Scotland.

15th August 2019

Ages of Isolation

Exploring issues of modern day loneliness through art

14th August 2019

Hull International Carnival Workshops

The Hull International Carnival Centre is now open, come take part in workshops, and learn new skills from drumming, costume making to dance.

9th August 2019

Maritime project supports new commission

Tickets are now available to book for this exciting and emotional audio walking experience along the River Hull.

8th August 2019

Students train as reporters to tell Freedom Festival story

Students from Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC) are preparing to tell the story of Freedom Festival.

5th August 2019

Rollits proud to be a friend of Freedom Festival

"We have always seen our business as being part of and fully committed to the community in which we work"

22nd July 2019

Festival Programmes hot off the press

An illustration by local artist Emily Welham has been commissioned by Freedom Festival Arts Trust for this year's programme.

17th July 2019

Listen to the sound of Hull

If you missed the live performance in Hull and London, listen to AMBHAS on the BBC iplayer.

15th July 2019

Accolade for Freedom Chair

Chair of Freedom Festival Arts Trust is made an Honorary Burgess by Hull City Council

4th July 2019

Young musicians from Hull to perform in London this weekend

This weekend, brand new music about Hull will be heard across the River Thames.

25th June 2019

Exploring the human quest for home

Young people will take centre stage at this year’s Freedom Festival as they participate in Postcards from the Edge.

20th June 2019

We're a finalist in the White Rose Awards!

Freedom Festival is proud to be a finalist in the arts and culture category.

19th June 2019

Freedom Festival Needs You!

We are looking for volunteers to participate in Bivouac – an extraordinary performance taking place on the streets of Hull on Freedom Friday!

11th June 2019

Everyone Back to Ours for Freedom Festival

Roll up and step into the circus ring, as Freedom Festival Arts Trust teams up with Back to Ours to bring a world-class circus programme to Hull.

10th June 2019

Why RSM is proud to support Freedom Festival

"A festival for good, that’s powered by talented people."

6th June 2019

Amplifying the voice of young people in exciting new partnership

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC) for 2019 and 2020.

3rd June 2019

A Celebration of Humanity, Powered by People

HULL is no stranger to arts and culture and this summer, the annual Freedom Festival will use the city as its stage once again, in a way it has never done before.

21st May 2019

Rehearsals begin with young musicians

Working with J-Night, rehearsals have begun at Hull Music Hub as 28 young musicians are given the opportunity to play alongside professional players.

7th May 2019

"Roll up at the double for Festival Fun" Yorkshire Post

Roll up at the double for festival fun reports Alex Wood from the Yorkshire Post.

7th May 2019

Get ready for five days of Freedom!

Freedom Festival, an established fixture on the national and international cultural calendar, returns for its 12th year in 2019 with an extended and audacious arts programme spanning five days.

12th April 2019

Become a 2019 Freedom Maker!

Want to help make Freedom Festival 2019 unforgettable? We're on the look out for Volunteers for this year's festival.

11th April 2019

Vote for Hull Sound Circles to win National Lottery Award

Remember The Clash of Drums (Danbor Talka) from Freedom Festival 2016? Hull Sound Circles helped support this project. You can help them win £50,000 to develop their work in Hull.

2nd April 2019

Accelerating ahead

Following its success last year, we’re once again looking to recruit three students from the University of Hull to take part in paid internships - from Festival Administration, Artist Liaison to Production - to help deliver Freedom Festival 2019.

1st April 2019

Congregation: Research and Development

Through our work with Without Walls, we're proud to be supporting the research and development phase of Congregation a project by Ray Lee with software and hardware development by Steve Symons, for presentation at this year's Freedom Festival.

29th March 2019

Become a Trustee of Freedom!

Are you passionate about the arts? Do you share our vision and understand the role that cultural events and creative experiences play in contributing towards social, cultural and economic regeneration? We are looking to appoint new members to our Board, to ensure the continued success of Freedom Festival and to assist us in developing a sustainable year-round programme of work which reflects the Trust’s core aims, values and vision. The deadline to put in an expression of interest is midday on 8 April.

25th February 2019

18 new outdoor shows commissioned as part of Without Walls partnership

We’re proud to be a commissioning partner of Without Walls, a network of festivals that brings fantastic outdoor arts to audiences across the UK.

21st January 2019

New music commissioned as part of PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial 2019

This July, brand new music about Hull will be heard across the Humber as PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial returns to the city and London’s Southbank Centre with a festival celebrating the breadth and talent of new music in the UK.