14 Apr 2017

Hull 2017 Highlights: 15-21 April

Tents, dens and tipis, Japanese kabuki and lego daffodils

Happy Easter you culture heads. You all up for some egg-citing arts activity? Yes? Thought so.

From Japanese dance to hardcore punk/rock metal – we’ve got a diverse range of culture on your doorstep this week.

Go hatch a plan.


Sunday 16 April at 1pm | Minerva, Nelson Street, Hull [Free]

The Lion and The Geisha is a gorgeous display of Japanese Kabuki – a traditional form of Japanese dance/drama with stunning, elaborate make-up. The performance will be accompanied by traditional Japanese music and a voice over of the history and significance behind each piece. Be sure to check out those costumes!

The piece will be performed by Hull duo Kabuki Mono – which translates into English as “strange things” or “the crazy ones”.

Please note: This performance will take place within the outdoor space close to The Minerva on Hull’s Marina and will last around 40 minutes.



Until 21 April at various times | Kingston Youth Centre and Andrew Marvell Youth Centre, Hull [Free]

This Easter half-term as part of the Sound and Vision Project, Tents, Dens and Tipis workshops give young people the opportunity to work with a local artist to decorate the exterior of various tipis. The workshops are free and run from community youth centres in Hull. When completed the tipis will be displayed in the city centre.

The project has been designed in response to the views of young people from Hull Young People’s Parliament. It aims to challenge their perceptions of art, supporting them to identify their roots and culture – targeting young people who don’t usually get involved in the arts.

All workshops are open to young people aged 10 years and over, although places are limited so make sure you book by calling 01482 331 238.

If you fancy popping down, the next few workshops take place on:

  • Wednesday 19 April, 1 – 4pm at Kingston Youth Centre, 48a Beverley Road.
  • Thursday 20 April, 3 – 6pm at Andrew Marvell Youth Centre, Barham Road.
  • Friday 21 April, 10am – 3pm at Andrew Marvell Youth Centre, Barham Road.

Sound and Vision Project © Sound and Vision Project


Saturday 15 April at 1pm | Edinburgh Street Community Centre, Hull [Free]

Many Bantu people from the south of the equator now call Hull their home, having found sanctuary in our city. To celebrate their culture, creativity and food, this roadshow will celebrate all there is about Bantu people around the city.

If you’ve ever wanted to explore and appreciate this culture, this roadshow will give people the perfect opportunity to fully embrace their culture through lush food, music and dance.

You can even try your hand at Bantu crafts with natural products such as wood, stone and clay to create carvings and statues!

The roadshow will continue until 28 October 2017 – see the full list of dates here.



Thursday 20 April at 7.30pm | Hull City Hall, Queen Victoria Square [£5 – £28]

Led by Dutch conductor Jac van Steen and joined by top violinist Tasmin Little – the Salford based orchestra BBC Philharmonic return to Hull City Hall for the third consecutive year.

The first half features the works of two incredible English composers, opening with Elgar’s concert overture In the South (Alassio), inspired by a family holiday to the town on the Italian Riviera of the same name, followed by Walton’s Violin Concerto, which was commissioned by Russian violinist Jascha Heifetz in 1936.

The second half will include pieces by two of the greatest French composers and include excerpts from Bizet’s Carmen, one of the most popular and most performed operas off all time. The performance will close with Debussy’s La Mer, the impressionist composer’s set of three symphonic sketches inspired by the sea.



Tuesdays, 5.30pm – 2am | The Polar Bear, Spring Bank [Free]

Our favourite Tuesday night out, The Sesh will host one of the loudest bands in Hull No Nothings with support from the incredible hardcore punk/metal sounds of Sex Injuries. Joining them will be Manchester based New Wave band described by Louder than War as a ‘melancholy sledgehammer’


Until Tuesday 18 April, All day | King Edwards Square, Hull [Free]

If you’ve not seen the bright yellow daffodils on King Edward Square where have you been?!

Featuring over 1,700 individual flowers, the flower bed was built using a wopping 146,400 lego bricks by Duncan Titmarsh – a lego artist who has been obsessed with lego from an early age.

Duncan has also created a life sized tiger cub for Stella McCartney and a giant toothbrush for technology company Philips!

On the final day, between 2pm-5pm, the individual lego flowers will be available to take home on a first come first served basis in return for a donation to MIND and Hull Citizens Advice Bureau.


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