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Our Vision

Freedom Festival and our year-round international arts and cultural programme give voice to Hull’s uniquely independent spirit and historic contribution to the cause of freedom. We believe in the capacity of high quality, accessible arts and culture to change lives and communities by inspiring young and old to engage with core human values, and to embrace and celebrate shared freedoms.

For us, ‘Freedom’ is more than just a name, we explore and provide a platform for, local, national and international representations of freedom through creative expression. We are ambitious in our aims to make Hull a recognised home of high quality and diverse artistic freedom.


We work closely with artists, organisations, businesses, families, individuals and community groups to create a world-class international arts festival and our year-round projects that offer something for everyone. We bring renowned national and international programming to our city, while ensuring opportunities for supporting, showcasing and developing local and regional talent.

We are committed to cultivating creative excellence and programming work that consistently pushes boundaries in the global conversation around human rights. We work to support and challenge the imagination of creative artists, participants and audience around representations of freedom and creative expression.We nurture artists to develop impactful work, including new commissions, which gets audiences talking, debating, challenging and celebrating.

By collaborating cross sector with multiple partners in the region, nationally and internationally, we play a central role in the economic, artistic and social renaissance of Yorkshire’s great maritime city, for the benefit of its residents. Our programme of work is committed to effect positive change, inform and implement the region’s 10 year cultural and tourism strategies, and drive innovation to create a sustainable, mutually supportive cultural infrastructure.