The University of Hull
Eclectic, vibrant and unique: Freedom Festival is a flagship event in Hull’s burgeoning cultural scene and the University of Hull is delighted to continue to sponsor this fantastic festival.
We have always been and will continue to be a keen supporter of creativity, arts and culture for our students and community. Sponsoring Freedom Festival is just one example of our commitment to be a cultural force within our region.
But more than that, the ethos of the festival in celebrating freedom in all its forms resonates strongly with us. Freedom Festival is brilliant at delivering fresh and unexpected activities and naturally, by delivering academic excellence and life-changing research, we promote the freedom to explore ideas and experience the new.
The freedom theme is also synonymous with the pioneering work of our Wilberforce Institute. Many may know that our city is the birthplace of freedom – Hull MP William Wilberforce pioneered the abolition of the slave trade in the 19th century – but many may not know the full extent of modern-day slavery that exists today. An estimated 35 million people are currently enslaved worldwide in an illegal trade worth £150 billion, more than at any point in history. The Wilberforce Institute has a global voice and impact and is one of the world’s leading research centres working towards the end of labour exploitation and slavery worldwide.
Together with Freedom Festival Arts Trust, we are proud to celebrate Hull’s independent spirit.