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Community Correspondents

Community Correspondents

Our Voluntary Community Correspondents scheme is back for 2016!

We’ve recruited 12 Hull residents to be ‘the voice’ of the festival in their local area as part of an exciting, industry-leading new programme. The Community Correspondents project aims to celebrate the passion and commitment of local people, ancouraging them to play a central role in showcasing the cultural transformation taking place across the city.

Our Community Correspondents are now official ‘roaming reporters’ for Freedom Festival, spreading the word about the festival and Hull’s growing cultural credentials throughout Hull and beyond.

Participants are receiving training, supported by BBC Radio Humberside and BBC Look North, to help them develop their own creative ‘voice’, and are getting the opportunity to participate in a number of exclusive experiences, including working with programmes teams at the BBC in Hull.

They will also get the chance to visit other leading arts festivals in the UK, gaining valuable behind-the-scenes access.

The programme gives correspondents the opportunity to produce podcasts, news reports – including creating the first ever Freedom Festival newspaper (look out for it over FF weekend!) – and other content, interviewing artists and engaging with existing and new audiences about our festival.

The scheme is supported by City Health Care Partnership Foundation and ABP, and follows a successful pilot last year.

Jenny Howard-Coombes from Freedom Festival Arts Trust said: “We’re thrilled to be working with BBC Radio Humberside and BBC Look North on the project, which is giving the Correspondents an amazing opportunity to work with industry professionals, to develop their skills and build a network of contacts.

“The programme aims to foster a network of ‘creative citizens’ to help communicate key information – about Freedom Festival and Hull’s growing cultural credentials – in communities across the city and beyond, helping to showcase the city at its very best.”

Read the Freedom News, a newspaper created by our 2016 Community Correspondents:


Check out the podcasts created by our 2015 Community Correspondents here and look out for material produced by our 2016 CCs – coming soon!

Unfortunately we aren’t accepting any more applications for our 2016 event but check back here soon to find out about future opportunities for 2017.