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

Emily is an illustrator based in Hull who enjoys exploring the silently absurd. Her work draws on her love of subtle interactions and abstract shapes.

This year’s Freedom Festival programme will be available to pick up this week from venues across Hull and the East Riding including Libraries, Tourist Information and The Pod.

It will be widely available throughout the festival and will also be distributed to other venues in the lead up to the festival. The full programme is also available online for you to start planning your Freedom Festival experience now – browse our Programme Listings or download a pdf version.

Love Freedom? There are many ways you can support us this year.

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

More of Emily’s work can be found at