We are the UK City of Culture. This is our story so far.
Hull was announced the winner of UK City of Culture 2017 in 2013. The award is given every four years to a city that demonstrates the belief in the transformational power of culture.
To deliver on this promise, Hull City Council set up Hull UK City of Culture 2017 as an independent company and charitable trust. The team have worked hard to deliver 365 days of transformative cultural activity in 2017.
The arts and cultural programme for 2017 celebrated the unique character of the city, its people, history and geography. The programme ran from 1 Jan to 31 Dec and was split into four seasons, each with something distinctive and intriguing to say, and each created to challenge and thrill.
We’re worked with the artists of Hull to celebrate the culture of the city and its place in the wider cultural offer of the North, and make Hull a cultural destination for must-see events. Young people were at the heart of the programme – it is this group who will inherit the longer-term benefits as a result of our focus around learning and participation. We are gave every young person of school age the opportunity to participate in 2017 as well thousands of volunteers who helped deliver the year.
Working with businesses and organisations who want to help us, we will make Hull a better place for the people who live and work here, in particular those who have a presence in Hull or a connection to the city, and an interest in being here for the long haul.
With legacy always firmly in view the organisation set up to deliver Hull UK City of Culture 2017 is to carry on as a permanent national arts company based in the city. The company’s core purpose will continue to be commissioning world-class arts programming aimed at residents and visitors and it will work strategically with partners inside the city and across the UK to cement Hull’s reputation as a centre for culture and creativity.