A world-famous art prize, a new poetry festival, action-packed performances on water and a ground-breaking freedom summit – we’ve got our hands full this week in the UK City of Culture.
23, 24 & 29 Sep, 2pm & 7.30pm (£5)
Northern Academy of Performing Arts
Music, song, drama, projections and comedy collide in this artistic revue from members of the Northern Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) visually impaired group, offering a glimpse into life with sight loss and its portrayal in modern-day society. Supported by Hull 2017’s Creative Communities Programme, this unique show hopes to challenge stereotypes, break down barriers to artistic development and entertain.
Can’t make the NAPA performances? Don’t miss the pay what you want performance on Tues 26 Sep at 2pm in Hull Minster.
23 Sep – 14 Oct, 2pm & 7.30pm (£5-£22.50)
Hull Truck Theatre
Based on the novel by Marina Lewycka and adapted by award-winning writer Tanika Gupta, this modern family drama is a must-see in this year’s dazzling Hull Truck programme.
Nikolai, a retired engineer and tractor historian, has fallen in love with the questionable 36-year-old Valentina and he’s determined to marry her. His daughters, Vera and Nadezhda, who haven’t spoken since the death of their mother, are totally unprepared for the grenade that’s about to explode into their lives, and unite in horror to defend their father and what remains of his pension.
23 – 24 Sep, 1pm (Free)
Hull Old Town
Enjoy a free, music-filled weekend as the Trinity Festival returns with a quality line-up of local acts topped with an international headliner.
Featuring a main stage in Zebedee’s Yard and live music throughout the Old Town, you can experience live sets from the likes of Yasmin Coe, Serial Chiller, La Bête Blooms, Fronteers, Fire (The Unstoppable Force), The Talks and The Magic Numbers, while embracing all that the Old Town has to offer.
24 – 30 Sep, 11am (Free)
Princes Quay Shopping Centre
Over the last few months, Polish poet Bohdan Piasecki has been taking his Pop-up Poetry Station around Hull, gathering stories and writing poems with the local Polish community, in an attempt to amplify those voices which often go unheard.
Shop of Poems is a space with poetry for all. See our exhibition featuring brand new poems from and about Hull’s Polish community, sit down with a book of Polish poems in English translation, write your own text and add it to our collection, catch a poetry workshop – the Shop is there for you to use as you see fit.
Przez ostatnie parę miesięcy Bohdan Piasecki i jego Punkt Produkcji Poezji zwiedzili wiele miejsc w Hull, w poszukiwaniu histori mieszkających tu Polaków. Z rozmów i spotkań narodziły się wiersze – a teraz wszyscy mają szansę usłyszeć te głosy, które za zwyczaj milczą, i dołączyć się do chóru.
Sklep Ożywczy to przestrzeń z poezją dla każdego. Obejrzyj wystawę tekstów autorstwa Bohdana Piaseckiego i miejscowych poetów; usiądź na chwilę i skorzystaj z naszej mini-biblioteki; dodaj własny tekst do naszej kolekcji; dołącz do warsztatu lub próby – sklep czeka właśnie na Ciebie.
26 Sep – 29 Sep, 3.30pm. 30 Sep – 1 Oct, 12pm (Free)
Pickering Park Pool
Inspired by the original Rediffusion company, which hisorically rediffused, or re-broadcast, radio and later TV signals into people’s homes in Hull, Re-Rediffusion has formed to see if they can extract and gather the voices of Hull in a quest to find the most potent distillation of the city’s combined voices.
Experience the collective power of Hull’s voice in this multi-sensory Voice Park. Walk among it and play around with its interactive voice pods.
26 Sep – 7 Jan, 10am (Free)
Ferens Art Gallery
The long-awaited Turner Prize exhibition is finally in place at the Ferens, and we’re all geared up to see what the four shortlisted artists – Hurvin Anderson, Andrea Büttner, Lubaina Himid and Rosalind Nashashibi – have in store for us.
While the winner of the prestigious art prize won’t be announced until December, we suggest you come along, see the work for yourself and select your favourite!
26 – 29 Sep, 9pm (£10-£12)
The world as we know it has ended and a new world has begun. Gloriana, the girl from the sea, is missing. Can the shattered survivors of the flood build a new world? Don’t miss the final chapter of Slung Low’s year-long epic performed live on a floating stage in Victoria Dock.
27 Sep – 7 Oct, 2.30pm & 7.30pm (£13.50-£25)
Hull New Theatre
Written and directed by John Godber, this hilariously irreverent new comedy tells the intriguing story of the King family across three generations.
From life on the docks, to Hull Prison, a lottery win and success in the coal trade, this is a family whose sons and daughters are struggling to cope in a changing world. Whether it’s love, hate, success or failure, the Kings always come out fighting.
28, 8.45am-5.05pm & 29 Sep, 9am-5.35pm (Free)
Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation
Hull’s first-ever Wilberforce World Freedom Summit, led by Professor John Oldfield (director of the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation), will focus on contemporary slavery in its many different forms around the world and address policies designed to bring about its eradication.
Key speakers include Commonwealth Secretary-General the Rt. Hon. Baroness Scotland, the UK’s Independent Slavery Commissioner Kevin Hyland OBE, Humberside Police Chief Constable Lee Freeman and many more. Booking is essential.
28 Sep – 1 Oct (Various ticket options available)
A major new national spoken word and poetry festival in Hull presented by Hull 2017, Humber Mouth and the BBC featuring a raft of household names that includes Kate Fox, Tracey Thorn, Ben Watt, Dr John Cooper Clarke, Kate Tempest and The Unthanks plus many more.
With a host of free and ticketed events including talks, readings, workshops, film screenings and live broadcasts, to name a few, the festival is perfect for those dipping their toes into the world of poetry for the first time, and equally brilliant for the poetry and spoken word aficionados among us.