29 Sep 2017

Hull 2017 Highlights: 30 Sep – 6 Oct

Plan your week ahead in the City of Culture…

28 Sep to 1 Oct, various times (£0–£25)

Contains Strong Language is a major new national spoken word and poetry festival in Hull. 

The festival is a celebration of new and existing word-craft inspired by our literary city, celebrating new and existing work, with more than 50 events across eight venues in Hull – including world premieres, concerts, workshops and outreach activity. 

Some highlights include The Unthanks at Jubilee Central Hull and Orbita at Kardomah 94. 

See the full festival schedule here. 


2 to 8 Oct, various (Free)

The Humber Mouth Literature Festival has always sought to be different, in the way it presents literature-and-Hull to the world. 

2017 marks its 25th anniversary presenting seven further days of poetry and other literature performances. 

There will be a range of events including beatboxing, science experiments and more, view the full line-up here.


1 to 29 Oct, various times (Free)

Pop-up screenings, an interactive app and a truly unique phone-call experience will let you take a look into the future of our city. 

2097: We Made Ourselves Over, from award-winning interactive art pioneers Blast Theory, will culminate in a month of extraordinary sci-fi experiences in Hull, between 1 and 29 October. 

The project has been inspired by a series of workshops with groups of people aged 18-24 and 60+, where participants were asked to imagine their communities in the year 2097. These were followed by a cultural exchange, which saw five young people from Hull travel to Aarhus to learn more about life in the Danish city. 

Kicking off on 1 October, phone boxes across the city will ring in unison to herald 2097’s arrival. If you answer the call, you will enter into a conversation with a character, who will ask you to record your own vision of the future. 


2 Oct to 12 Nov, various times (Free)
Trinity Square

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Hull 2017 have jointly commissioned Chile-based architects Pezo von Ellrichshausen and Swiss artist Felice Varini to design an ambitious temporary outdoor structure in response to the historic heart of Hull.    

A Hall For Hull is part of the Hull 2017 Look Up programme of public art installations and will transform Trinity Square with 16 galvanized steel columns arranged in a grid formation in front of Hull Minster to highlight the symmetry of its facade.   

Visitors to the installation will be able to inhabit each of the six-metre high columns and experience varying light conditions created by perforations in the steel skin. The rigid geometry of the columns will be carefully distorted and redefined by the artwork of Varini, who explores the illusions of geometry through eye-deceiving photographic techniques, together with the tradition of pictorial representation.  

A Hall For Hull



30 Sep to 30 Nov, various times (£0 – £20)
HIP Gallery 

Hull International Photography Festival began life in 2014.  Started by BBC Radio Presenter and gallery curator, Alan Raw, the festival has exploded in popularity, seeing huge national and international names in photography showcasing their work at the month-long event. 

The festival brings together world-class touring exhibitions and Hull’s outstanding homegrown talent. It also includes opportunities for photographers of all ages and levels to participate in an exciting programme of 17 workshops, master classes and photo-walks. 

In order to gain access to the workshops and talks, you will need to purchase a festival wristband. 

See the full schedule here. 

Dench does Dallas © Peter Dench


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