19 May 2017

Hull 2017 Highlights, 20 – 26 May

Travel photography, inspiring workshops and political provocateurs.


Thursday 25 May, 7pm. Free. Brynmor Jones Library, University of Hull, HU6 7RX.

As part of their celebration of literature for 2017 The Word is Hull, the University of Hull is hosting a series of three exciting poetry readings.

Each reading will bring some of the most talented poets from around the world to Hull, which will also run as part of the Larkin Reflections project. The poetry readings also tie in with the upcoming Philip Larkin exhibition New Eyes Each Year showing at the Brynmor Jones Library exhibition space from 5 July to 1 October 2017.

The readings feature: Nottingham-based Sandeep Parmar, teacher of 20th-century literature and creative writing at the University of Liverpool; Edward Doegar, consulting editor at The Rialto; Julie Corbett and local poet and storyteller Catherine Sadler, a PhD student at the University of Hull.



Friday 26 May, 7.30pm. £10-£20. Hull City Hall, Queen Victoria Square, Hull, HU1 3RQ.

The Hullzapoppin’ welcome party kicks off with live music from the Blind Tiger Band – a big band comprised of the very best musicians the region has to offer, plus the best swing DJs  in the nation and our teachers introduction.

There are also a number of free public taster sessions running throughout the weekend including vintage dance classes, peabody and lindy hop.

See full ticket and class information here.


21 – 25 May, Various times, Free. Albermarle Music Centre, Ferensway, Hull, HU2 8LN.

BBC Radio 1 and BBC Learning are bringing special guests, sessions, live music moments and Radio 1 broadcasts to the Albemarle Music Centre from Sunday 21 to Thursday 25 May 2017 during Radio 1’s Academy. The week will consist of inspiring free events in Hull aimed at helping 16-19 year olds kick-start their careers in the creative industries.

During the special week there will be Q&A’s and sessions from Radio 1 and 1Xtra DJs, including the likes of Bastille, You Me At Six, Professor Green, Nicola Roberts, Caspar Lee (YouTube star) plus many more.

There will also be a special, free show hosted by Phil Taggart and BBC Introducing Humberside’s Alan Raw featuring local bands Bud Sugar, Chambers and Kev La Kat. For tickets and to see what else is happening as part of the Academy, visit the website.


Sunday 21 – Thursday 25 May, Various. Free. Albermarle Music Centre, Ferensway, Hull, HU2 8LN.

America’s favourite political provocateur, Michael Moore, is back with his new film, WHERE TO INVADE NEXT. Honoured by festivals and critics groups alike, WHERE TO INVADE NEXT is an expansive, hilarious and subversive comedy in which the Academy Award winning director confronts the most pressing issues facing America today and finds solutions in the most unlikely places.

Tickets for this showing are unreserved seating – seat choice is first come, first served, upon doors opening. Doors to the screening room will open 10-15 minutes before the performance starts.

Where To Invade Next runs as part of Where Are We Now? festival is partnered with Hull Independent Cinema.



Until Thursday 1 July, 10am–4pm, Free. Artlink, Princes Avenue, Hull, HU5 3QP.

Following his three-month Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary residency at Turner Contemporary, Margate, Artlink presents Oliver MacDonald’s solo exhibition, Dog Basket Baboon.

Oliver MacDonald is the recipient of Shape Arts’ 2017 Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary. Trained as a willow weaver, his work uses word play and layers of reference to often absurd and humorous ends.


Until Friday 30 June, all day. Free. Princes Dock Street, Hull. 

© Rudi Sebastian/www.tpoty.com

The winning images from the 2016 International Travel Photographer Of The Year awards go on public display at Princes Dock Street in Hull for the first time in a stunning exhibition.

The TPOTY-winning photographers capture places and ways of life that most of us will never get to experience at first hand.

From sweeping landscapes, seascapes and mountainscapes, to intimate glimpses into different cultures and life in villages and cities these images take us on a visual journey across continents.



Saturday 20 May, Various. Free. Hessle Road, Hull.

Hull Bullnose Heritage Group, The Goodwin Development Trust and Hull City Council have worked together to create two murals to commemorate and celebrate Hessle Road, the fishing industry and the allied trades.

The industry supported and employed over 10,000 men and women in the city and until recently this has gone unnoticed or been forgotten.

The murals will be a lasting tribute to all men and women who worked in all areas of the fishing trade and their families.

The unveiling of the murals will take place on Saturday 20 May at:

Photoworks, 11am, at the Rawlings Way end of Hessle Road. (This mural has been funded independently of Hull 2017)
– Turbo Systems, 12pm, at the corner of Gillet Street and Hessle Road.
– Halfway Pub, 1pm, opposite Asda on Hessle Road.