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Brave. Bold. Brilliant. 

Substratum by Full Tilt Aerial, Freedom Festival 2018. Image by Tom Arran.

We commission work each year from artists and companies locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, providing opportunities for artists to make great work and for the people of hull to experience amazing artistic experiences.

We support the creation of work not only to be shown at Freedom Festival but to reach audiences across the UK and internationally. With a distinctive creative voice, we enrich our society, giving artistic expression to themes of democracy, identity, human rights and freedom.

Logan Dankworth by Luke Wright

The third in Luke Wright’s trilogy of political verse plays looks at division, trust and privilege in the Brexit age.

Fairwinds and following seas

A new commission for Freedom Festival 2019, in partnership with Hull Yorkshire’s Maritime City and with support from ACE project funds and BBC Blue Room.

Freedom FEASTival 2018

Hull's biggest homegrown community feast returned for it's second year.

Freedom Festival 2018

A weekend of wonder! Relive Freedom Festival 2018.

Pig from Seth Honnor, Kaleider (IN SITU Pilot Project)

Pig poses a playful dilemma in public space from the moment it is unveiled.

Foreign Tongues from Chris Haring, Liquid Loft (IN SITU Pilot Project)

Foreign Tongues puts the act of speaking at the centre of a choreographic process and reflects the experience of contemporary urban life, its polyphony and multilingualism.

Studio Cité from Benjamin Vandewalle (IN SITU Pilot Project)

In Studio Cité, Benjamin Vandewalle combines a series of installations, performances and interventions in a public place, square or venue in a city, transforming the urban location into an artistic fun fair, a playground for the human gaze and a space where social encounters, discussions and the exchange of ideas can take place.

In search of Democracy 3.0 from Lucas De Man (IN SITU Pilot Project)

In this new project, Lucas De Man works together with local partners to make an investigation of current democracy and its challenges for the future. With a travelling visual and musical show, full of stories and dialogue, he shows how a young generation shapes tomorrow’s democracies.

Twenty-Eight from Richard Wiesner (IN SITU Pilot Project)

Twenty-Eight is a site-specific installation representing the EU group of twenty-eight member states. Individual states are represented by translations of their national anthems, which are a central theme of the entire installation.

A Certain Value from Anna Rispoli (IN SITU Pilot Project)

A certain value is a multi-disciplinary format conceived by Italian artist Anna Rispoli and curator Martina Angelotti. A series of workshops will be held in six European cities until the end of 2019 with a reading-performance tour in 2020.

Freedom Festival 2019

A festival of humanity powered by people, this year Hull's Freedom Festival is extending beyond the weekend to five days of wonder, as we extend our programme of indoor performances. An international arts festival where the city of Hull is our stage, our aim is to continue to delight, entertain and surprise audiences.

18 New Shows Commissioned (Without Walls)

As a partner we're working with Without Walls to support 18 companies to bring new outdoor work to fruition this year - touring to nine leading outdoor arts festivals across the country, including Freedom Festival 2019.

Print Shop: RISE [UP]!

A collective expression of freedom and empowerment.


Commissioned for Freedom Festival 2018 by Full Tilt Aerial.

Freedom Festival 2017

Celebrating ten years of Freedom Festival in the UK City of Culture.

Freedom FEASTival 2017

Feast amongst a fantastical performance!

Ambhas, Arun Ghosh (PRS Foundation New Music Biennial 2019)

We are proud to be commissioning a brand new piece about Hull, which will be performed in both Hull and London as part of this year’s PRS Foundation New Music Biennial and have commissioned award-winning clarinettist and composer Arun Ghosh to create a brand-new piece of music, inspired by water and journeys to the city from across the sea.

Sura Medura

An international artists residency centre based in Sri Lanka.

Beyond Words

The Beyond Words project began in September 2016.

Freedom Festival 2016

Relive the wonder of Freedom Festival 2016.