We’re kicking off 2018 with mystical puppets and political performance art, plus some live music, a multi-media exhibition and an indie film thrown in for good measure.
Sat 6 Jan – Sat 3 Feb, 2pm (£5-£8)
Indigo Moon Studio Theatre, Scrapstore Studios
Following sell-out performances at Assemble Fest 2017, Indigo Moon Theatre return with Mermarella, a family-friendly puppetry and shadow theatre show.
The much-loved tale of Cinderella is shape-shifted into the world of the seas, inviting us to watch as Mermarella is kidnapped and struggles to gain acceptance in the salt water world. Must she become something else to achieve her dream, or might her differences help her to find love?
A 30-minute performance followed by an interactive puppetry experience.
Sun 7 Jan, 11am – 2.30pm (Free)
As part of Where Do We Go From Here? Humber Street Gallery commissioned several local artists to create their responses to this all-important question. To wrap up the project, artists from Ground, Hack & Host and RED Contemporary Arts will take to Trinity Market this Sunday for a series of live performance pieces, debates and workshops.
And if you’re yet to see the impressive feat of robotics, light and sound by Jason Bruges Studio in the flesh, get down to Hull’s Old Town this weekend between 5pm and 9pm to catch a glimpse before it’s gone.
Tues 9 Jan, 7.30pm (£6-£7)
Vue Cinema, Princes Quay
Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project provides a truthful and moving look at childhood.
Six-year-old Moonee and her rebellious mother Halley live week-to-week at The Magic Castle, a budget motel managed by Bobby, whose stern exterior hides a kind and compassionate side. Despite her difficult situation, Moonee has no trouble filling each day with mischief and grand adventure, with best friend Jancey by her side.
Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her delicate fantasy is supported by the sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibility in order to provide for her daughter.
Thu 11 Jan, 7.30pm (£13)
Known for their energetic live sets, three-piece alt rock Arcane Roots will kick off their 2018 UK tour with a show at Früit.
The tour follows the release of the band’s second studio album Melancholia Hymns in 2017, which saw them depart from their post-hardcore style and went on to be named as fifth best alternative rock and metal album of the year by The Independent.
Until Fri 6 April, 10am – 4pm (Free)
The first solo show by artist Jason Wilsher-Mills, featuring work created as part of Jason’s Square Peg residency with Artlink during Hull 2017.
The residency was an opportunity for an artist who identifies as disabled to work with Artlink throughout the year, responding to Square Peg themes and to the city. Jason’s approach, inspired by his time working with diverse communities, was to enable local people to tell their stories through creative workshops.
The resulting work has influenced the creation of Jason’s own multi-media exhibition, featuring characters such as East Hull Elvis and The X-Factor Princess. Artworks include digitally painted wallpaper, sculpture and images in vibrant light boxes.