7 Jul 2017

Creative Communities Round-up: July

From street parties to dynamic new plays, here are this month’s highlights from the Hull 2017 Creative Communities Programme.

From photography and exhibitions, to music and food festivals, the Hull 2017 Creative Communities Programme has so far aimed to nurtures and supports local talent, helping develop opportunities for emerging artists.

Every month, we have a wide variety of events that each project has been working hard to deliver for you all, so grab your party hats and have some fun.

Here’s what’s coming up this month.



Until 30 September, 10am4pm. Free. Hull Minster, King Street, Parish Centre, Hull, HU1 2JJ.

Hate crime is an ominous, prevailing presence in our society. The Electric Fence encourages us to examine the perceptions, challenges and preconceptions that impact us all, which compels us to turn to face them.

Borders, barriers and warning signs have come to be a part of our everyday life, but are we being kept out, or is something being kept in?

A bold, visceral confrontation, this thought-provoking installation appears ‘live’, providing a powerful and macabre reminder of our own latent potential. Stark and unforgettable, The Electric Fence awaits you.



Saturday 8 July, 2pm. Free. Priory Primary School, Priory Road, Hull, HU5 5RU.

As part of Hull 2017’s Freedom season, Priory Primary School will host a day-long community festival, led by the school’s own City of Culture Junior Committee of pupils.

The festival features headline alt-pop/ska fusion band Bud Sugar, folky-pop from the Quicksilver KingsSweet Street Band and hip-hop from Redeye Feenix, Stevie Mould and Cowboy DC.

A group of local children will also play steel pans from Hull Music Hub, local crafters Judy’s Attic will be running activities with the children and South Cave Falconry will bring along their birds of prey.


Saturday 8 July, 1pm. Free. Pearson Park, Princes Avenue, Hull, HU5 2TD

The Big Gig is a festival where people with learning disabilities can feel safe and comfortable to be themselves, while having a great time. The festival appeals to all, including families with and without learning disabled children, and adults of any level of ability.

The festival aims to challenge preconceptions by showcasing the abilities of disabled people alongside local musicians and performers.

Check out the line-up here.

Park Life © Sirius Academy West


Wednesday 12 July to Friday 14 July. Free. Pickering Park, Pickering Rd, Hull, HU4 7AB.

Students from Sirius Academy West have collaborated with theatre makers Silent Uproar and writer Lydia Marchant to create a vibrant new play to be staged at various locations within Pickering Park.

The performance will take audiences on a journey through the park and through the lives of group of young dynamic characters, encouraging people to navigate the space and get up close to the action.


Saturday 15 July, 11am3pm, Free. St Stephen’s Neighbourhood CentreAnnandale Road, Hull, HU9 4LA.

Greatfield Estate is celebrating its 60th birthday with a street party all hosted by GRIN (Greatfield Residents Improving their Neighbourhood).

There will be carnival arts, crafts, a family disco and a barbeque with party food for the first 100 people and will also include a carnival procession which will start at St. Hilda’s road in Annandale Road.


12 July, 19 July and 26 July, 5.30pm7.30pm, Free. Hull Central Library, Albion St, Hull, HU1 3TF.

Spark memories and provoke new thoughts by sharing the experience of reading together.

Reading Rooms is an exercise in imagination; exploring new worlds in the city we call home.


Until 28 July, Various, Free. The Pennine Rambler, Pennine Way, North Bransholme, Hull, HU7 5EF and Springbank Community Centre, Spring Bank Community Centre, West Parade, Spring Bank, Hull, HU3 1BX.

Mad Pride is about voicing the unspoken, the extremes of thoughts from despair to euphoria and breakdown to breakthrough. Mad Pride’s vision is to use art and culture to break down the barriers around mental health. This includes a series of puppetry workshops at The Pennine Rambler and an exhibition which tackles ideas of imprisonment, madness and liberation at Springbank Community Centre. Just show up on the day.

The puppetry workshops take place on 4 July, 11 July, 18 July, 25 July from 11am to 2pm at The Pennine Rambler, Pennine Way, North Bransholme and admission is free. Find out more about the exhibition here.


Photo © Mad Pride



Saturday 29 July, Free. Shelley Avenue Sports Centre, 5-57 Shelley Ave, Hull, HU9 4RN.

The first event of its kind to take place in this area, Community Arts Jam is a community arts and family event which will take place at the Shelley Avenue Community and Sport Centre in east Hull.

As part of the Freedom season and celebrating urban, hip-hop and youth culture in Hull, it will feature rap, spoken word and dance performances.


Until 2 October, 10am5pm, Free. Streetlife Museum of Transport High Street, Hull, HU1 1PS.

A public exhibition of player-worn Hull City kits and memorabilia tells the story of the club’s visual identity and its integral place in Hull culture.

A collaboration between amateur collectors, the Hull City Supporters’ Trust (HCST) and the Streetlife Museum, this project will explore the city’s connection to the colours black and amber.

Celebrating how football brings together people from all backgrounds, supporters will be encouraged to share reminiscences evoked by a collection of black and amber garb.

If you’re keen to learn a new instrument, be sure to also check out the series of workshops from Albermarle Saturdays. Whether you’re a complete beginner or established musician, there’s room for all abilities. Every workshops is free. This week, there’s a chance to learn and improve on brass instruments. Simply rock up on the day, or book online.

Pride in Hull will also take place on 22 July, which will feature week of events, starting with their annual parade from Hull College to Queens Gardens from 12pm to 2pm, which has also received funding as part of the Creative Communities Programme.


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