Freedom Festival is set to shake up Hull from 2-4 September this year, celebrating the city’s independent spirit as well as its historic links to the idea of freedom. Over 200 incredible performances will take over the city for Hull’s annual urban arts festival.
Launched back in 2007 to celebrate the legacy of antislavery pioneer William Wilberforce, the festival aims to welcome more than 100,000 visitors to Hull. Expect an incredible programme of theatre, music, dance and spoken word, alongside a whole host of other cultural activity which builds on the hype surrounding the city’s year as UK City of Culture 2017.
So, what to expect? You can safely say it’s an eclectic mix. Supported by Hull 2017, the aerial epic As the World Tipped will combine dramatic film and visuals confronting issues of ecological disaster, whilst six-piece indie alternative group British Sea Power bring their incredible alternative goodness over to Hull. Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour also dissects the experience of a generation in White Rabbit Red Rabbit, a production bravely performed with no rehearsal and no director by a different actor each time. Previous performers include Whoopi Goldberg, Alan Cumming and Cynthia Nixon.
Mikey Martins, chief executive and artistic director of Freedom Festival Arts Trust said
‘We’re pushing boundaries in exploring and expressing freedom as a concept. The festival aims to get audiences talking, challenging and celebrating. There is truly something in the programme for everyone.’
Other class acts announced include Hot Brown Honey, with set, lighting, music and costume to rival Beyoncé as well as leading dance company Motionhouse with their epic production of Underground. Expect a 4D spectacle, mixing elements of circus and acrobatics with contact choreography that smashes gender stereotypes in a daring celebration of similarities and differences. Other incredible performances include the beautiful theatre production Silence, also supported by Hull 2017. The hard hitting show staged in Zebedee’s Yard features stilts, fire, water and powerful imagery, whilst the people’s tower by Olivier Grossetête will allow festival goers to get creative by assembling a tower constructed entirely of cardboard boxes. Everyone will be invited to create something extraordinary and join in the fun of knocking down the tower again.
‘We’re massively excited to share details of this year’s festival and give a flavour of what can be expected. Mikey says. ‘There are many more highlights to be revealed’.
Discover more about the full line-up and the latest news about Freedom online at www.freedomfestival.co.uk