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Professional Programme 2019

A global discussion about how art can change the world. Just maybe... 

29 Aug - 1 Sept, Hull Truck Theatre.  

Adhok at Freedom Festival 2018. Image credit Tom Arran.

Following on from the success of our professional programme delivered throughout Freedom Festival 2018, Freedom Festival Arts Trust are delighted to be expanding upon the professional offer this year in partnership with the British Council, Hull Truck Theatre and XTRAX, reflecting our commitment to sector development, partnership working, peer to peer learning and showcasing the UK outdoor arts sector.

A thought leader within the international arts scene, we're delighted to host this event which will see policy makers, producers, artists and practitioners from across the globe arrive in Hull to not only experience Freedom Festival but to engage in a global discussion about art in public space and place making.

Our professional events give us the opportunity to really champion the city of Hull, not only as a city of culture but a city of creation.

Professional delegates can spend four days engaging in sector shaping debate, networking, hearing artists pitch ideas and exploring new partnerships whilst also experiencing an extraordinary multi-disciplinary arts programme.

To view the full programme click here. Please note there is a small number of ticketed events – book here in advance of the festival


Professional Programme

The Freedom Festival Professional Symposium 2019 – The Art of Unconventional

Thursday 29 August and Friday 30 August

Venue: Hull Truck Theatre

Delivered in partnership with the British Council and Hull Truck Theatre ‘The Art of Unconventional’ will see arts professionals, artists, urban planners, policymakers, and technologists from across the globe will converge to explore the interface between art, technology, communities, urban design and health and wellbeing. They will consider the ubiquitous nature of art in public space, the rise of socially engaged artistic practise and the impact of emerging and smart technologies on our everyday landscape and consider how do we build extraordinary places where people thrive?

See full programme here.

To fully secure your free ticket please click here


XTRAX Shorts – Saturday, 31 August | 10 am – 12 pm

XTRAX Shorts is XTRAX's signature brand of artists pitch sessions where artists and companies give imaginative presentations about outdoor projects in development to an audience of UK and international festival and event representatives, producers, and others working in the sector. XTRAX Shorts is followed by networking, providing those in attendance with the opportunity to find out more about these projects.

XTRAX Shorts supports artists by giving them the chance to present a project to people who can potentially commission, present or support it in other ways including in-kind or low-cost provision of rehearsal space, mentoring, or advocacy. For festival programmers and event producers, it complements the showcase programme by providing them with an additional chance to network and find out about new work. Projects presented as part of XTRAX Shorts have often gone on to be supported, commissioned or booked by those in attendance.


Xtrax International Newsround – Sunday, 1 September | 10:30 am – 12 pm 

XTRAX will host an informal networking session where it will invite promoters to share information about their projects. It will also invite international colleagues to share information about any opportunities for UK artists to get involved. If you are a promoter, you can speak briefly about your festival and/or events, upcoming opportunities and ways to get involved. Feel free to also bring promotional material to share. 

If you would like to attend the XTRAX events on Saturday and Sunday please register on the XTRAX website.

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