In 2017 the most vibrant display of art and culture Hull has ever seen comes to life. With events planned for every corner of the city in public spaces and historic old buildings, we want to make it possible for everyone to have the opportunity to access the arts.

We will support our creative partners, contractors and members of the wider community to join us in this effort.

 As Hull 2017, we intend:

  • To work alongside our creative partners to make Hull’s arts and cultural offer more accessible to a broader audience.
  • To be a catalyst for new access initiatives in the city, working with venues, artists and organisations to pilot and test ideas.
  • To provide inclusive opportunities for participation and involvement in our projects.
  • To create opportunities for audiences and artists of all abilities to create a UK City of Culture year in Hull that reflects the world we live in.

Accessible films

These BSL interpreted films, with captions and a voice over, are a guide to what’s coming up soon for audiences with additional access needs, including Deaf and hard of hearing audiences, blind and partially sighted audiences, and audiences who would prefer relaxed or accessible events. We also have a video guide to all the ways you can find out what’s on this year, and how you can book your tickets.

Assisted performances

There will be a range of assisted performances across each season. For information about assisted performances in our opening season, Made in Hull, please download our guide to assisted performances [PDF]. If you’d like to know more about what’s coming up in our second season, Roots & Routes (April to June), you can read our guide to assisted performances below.

We will also include a selection of accessible events in our email updates, so if you’d like to hear more about these please create an account at and opt-in for our email updates.

If you’d like to book tickets for an accessible event, please contact us on

Venue access

Throughout 2017 we will be using a number of different venues across the city. Access information for each of these venues can be found in our Venues index, as well as under the Venue tab on each event page. We try our hardest to work in venues that are accessible for all audiences, although sometimes it is not possible to meet all access requirements.

If you have any additional access questions that are specific to a venue you’re interested in visiting, please contact that venue directly using the contact details on the Venue tab. Please note – if you have bought tickets for events through and have questions relating to your order you should contact the Hull 2017 Box Office on rather than contacting the venue directly.

Using our website

You can find out what’s coming up in the city at

Using our Find Events filter bar on our What’s On page and our Homepage you can filter upcoming events by the event type, venue and when the event is happening. Then on the following page, you can filter events further by access provision, including event access (Audio Description, BSL Interpretation, Captions, etc.) and venue access (Accessible Toilets, Blue Badge Parking, etc.).

We want our website to meet the highest standards when it comes to accessibility. In terms of colour and contrast, for example, we have chosen to use an accessible online colour palette that passes WCAG 2 AA Compliancy Checks.

This is a fully responsive website that should look good on virtually any computer, tablet or smartphone. Because we’ve built the website this way, if you want to increase the font size all you have to do is increase the zoom level in your browser. For instance, on a Mac press the command (cmd) key and + or – to increase or decrease zoom. On a Windows computer, press CTRL and + or – to zoom. And on a touch-screen phone or tablet, simply pinch and zoom.

If you need to change the contrast of the website, you should be able to amend this in your internet browser settings.

All of our videos are also captioned in English.

We always welcome feedback on our website and other marketing materials, so if you have any comments or recommendations please email the team on

Find out what's on this week

Discover what's coming up in Hull this week and filter events by access provision.