Freedom Festival is upon us. And with a full weekend packed with more than 200 performances, there really is something for everyone. Jaw-dropping spectaculars, family shows, thought-provoking performances, cabaret, dance, music, theatre, poetry, workshops and more … it’s easy to see how Freedom has become a flagship event on Hull’s growing cultural landscape.
We asked four of the people behind this year’s Freedom for their top festival picks:
Artistic director and chief executive, Freedom Festival
“There’s so much to see so it’s difficult to choose one, but The Cube is both a fantastic show and experience. It brings to life one of the most unusual mass disappearances in history – the true story of a young person who vanished in America under mysterious circumstances in 1959 and is a definite must-see.”
The Cube is being staged until Sunday 4 September in 15-minute slots from 12 noon to 3pm; and from 4pm to 6.30pm (recommended for ages 12+).
Tickets are available now at Hull Box Office
CEO and director, Hull UK City of Culture 2017
“Freedom Festival is a brilliant event, which should not be missed. With so much going on, it’s difficult to pick out what you should see, but Hull 2017 are delighted to be supporting two terrific shows, the extraordinary work, Silence by Polish company Teatr Biuro Podróży, and As the World Tipped, a highly topical and dizzying display by Wired Aerial Theatre.”
Wired Aerial Theatre presents As the World Tipped will take place on Saturday 3 September, from 9.30pm-10.30pm. This is a free performance.
Board member, Freedom Festival; and development director, Leeds Community Foundation
“It’s very hard to pick one! Freedom is always eclectic and exciting – a chance to discover – so I’m intrigued to see White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour at Hull Truck on Friday evening [2 September]. Samuel West is performing – very brave man as there is no rehearsal and no director. Edgy. And I can’t wait for Danbor Talka (Clash of Drums) presented by Les Commandos Percu and Deabru Beltzak later on Friday night. What’s not to like about drums and fireworks?
White Rabbit Red Rabbit will take place at Hull Truck Theatre on Friday 2 September, at 8pm.
Les Commandos Percu and Deabru Beltzak presents Danbor Talka (Clash of Drums) will be a free performance over at Humber Quays at 8.45pm the same evening.
Ambassador volunteer, Freedom Festival
“I would say my pick would be Cirque Bijou presents The Umbrella Project – a fun art installation that moves around. Your friends will definitely be talking about this one! It’s a collaboration of professionals, working in tandem with local people. The space consists of a host of multi-coloured, carefully choreographed, glowing umbrellas which are fascinating, delicate and beautiful.
“Another performance I have to highlight is Le Cirque du Platzak presents Kermiz. They’re a Dutch company who mix traditional and innovative circus techniques, including acrobatics, fire, swinging trapeze, fakirism, contortion and clowning. Dutch folk music and circus what more can you ask for?”
Cirque Bijou presents The Umbrella Project will take place on Friday 2 September, 9pm-9.30pm, and on Saturday 3 September, 9.30pm-10pm, in Nelson Street.
Le Cirque du Platzak presents Kermiz will take place on Friday 2 September, 7.30pm-8.20pm; Saturday 3 September, 1pm-1.50pm and 7.30pm-8.20pm; and Sunday 4 September, 3pm-3.50pm.
To view the whole Freedom Festival line-up, visit the website, or if you like to be teased, give this a cheeky play.