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Creating epic and intimate moments in public spaces where artists and audiences meet.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Pig poses a playful dilemma in public space from the moment it is unveiled. The idea is simple, a transparent pig, about the size of a small car, is placed in a public space.

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.