2016 - GETTING READY FOR THE TIME OF OUR LIVES
ARE YOU READY FOR THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE?
What a day!
We now know what's in store for the first season 'Made in Hull'
Click on the image below to visit hull2017.co.uk
There is also a good summary on the BBC website
describing some of the highlights
FREEDOM FESTIVAL 2016
One of the best things about the Freedom Festival is seeing people of all ages out and about on the streets enjoying some great entertainment. This year was no exception and even the rain on Saturday didn't deter the crowds and there was a great atmosphere throughout.
We can't wait for next year!
FREEDOM FESTIVAL 2016
FRIDAY 2 - SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER
It's that time of year again! Some good stuff happening over the next few days, and with most of it free of charge, a great opportunity to get out and enjoy our beautiful city and the fantastic entertainment coming up.
Check out the full programme at
Amazing day yesterday at Humber Street Sesh!
Check out our photo galleries at
PERFORM AT FREEDOM FESTIVAL 2016
There are some exciting opportunities to get involved with this year's festival - why not apply to perform with the Hull Freedom Chorus, Cirque Bijou's Umbrella Project or the Word on the Street Freedom Stories.
No experience neccessary - to find out more check out the Freedom Festival website
The full programme for the festival is available at
AMY JOHNSON FESTIVAL
1 JULY 2016 - 31 MARCH 2017
2016 is the 75th anniversary of the death of Amy Johnson CBE. Amy was born in Hull in 1903 and was the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia.
The Amy Johnson Festival aims to celebrate Amy’s life, achievements and legacy with an ambitious international programme of the arts and engineering sciences appealing to all interests and ages.
We are particularly looking forward to ticking off as many 'Moths for Amy' as we can - these unique artworks are modelled on the hugely successful 'Larkin with Toads' project. There are 59 giant fibreglass moths at various locations and they wil remain in place until 31 March 2017.
You can find out more about Amy and the festival and also
download a festival programme and a moth guide at
And if you want a sneak preview of all of the moths together (they look amazing by the way) check out this section of the website amyjohnsonfestival.co.uk/moth-gallery/
PLACES DES ANGES
SATURDAY 2 JULY 2016
As Hull’s programme of summer events moves up a gear, tickets are available from 10am today (1 June 2016) for ‘Place des Anges’, the spectacular aerial event that is set to transform the night sky over Queens Gardens on Saturday 2 July.
10,000 free tickets are now up for grabs for the awe-inspiring show, which created and performed by acclaimed French company Gratte Ciel and presented by Hull 2017 and the Yorkshire Festival, in association with Amy Johnson Festival. It is an event that has dazzled audiences across the world and everyone seeing it in Hull can expect an unforgettable experience.
Beginning at 9:45pm, white clad angels – les anges – will appear high on rooftops around Hull College and Queens Gardens, before taking to the air for magical and occasionally mischievous antics above the crowds below. As the event reaches its climax thousands of white feathers will be released, falling from the sky in cascades, to create an extraordinary ‘snowstorm’ for the audience to dance and play in.
Martin Green, CEO and Director of Hull 2017, said: “Place des Anges is a thrilling experience that takes your breath away. In a summer packed full of fabulous events and activities, highlighting Hull’s position as a great city for culture, this is one that definitely should not be missed. As we prepare for 2017, it’s a stunning finale to the Yorkshire Festival and an exciting start to the Amy Johnson Festival. I urge everybody to make sure they get their hands on some tickets.”
Place des Anges is free and suitable for all ages and thousands of people registered for ticket alerts when the event was announced earlier this year. Tickets need to be booked in advance and are available on a first come first served basis. People can book up to six by going to www.hull2017.co.uk/placedesanges. With the show due to begin at 9:45pm, gates will open at 9:15pm and people are advised to allow sufficient time to get through the ticket check.
Supported by Hull 2017, the event is also the finale of the Yorkshire Festival, which runs from 16 June until 3 July, and marks the start of Amy Johnson Festival, which begins in Hull on Friday 1 July and runs until 6 September.
Yorkshire Festival’s Artistic Director, Matt Burman, said: “Place Des Anges is a fitting finale for this year’s stellar Yorkshire Festival line-up. It’s fantastic to be able to offer a free event of this scale, and to bring a world-renowned international company like Gratte Ciel to create something truly spectacular in the heart of Hull. The event is free, but tickets are limited so I’d urge people to act fast and ensure they don’t miss out on what promises to be unmissable, extraordinary night.”
People planning to see Place des Anges are encouraged to make a day of their visit. The Amy Johnson Festival will also be hosting Da Vinci Engineered in Zebedee’s Yard from 10am-5pm, featuring twelve faithful reproductions of Leonardo’s flight and wind machines loaned by the Da Vinci Museum in Florence. Free family entertainment throughout the day in Zebedee’s Yard will feature aerial acrobatics from Pif-Paf, madness and mayhem from Hull Carnival Arts and music from Hull Samba Band and Bandanarama, as well as a chance to see several of the giant artist designed moth sculptures close up.
Rick Welton, Director of Amy Johnson Festival, said: “Place des Anges is a fabulous way to launch the festival. It will be a fantastic curtain-raiser for two months of celebration when we’ll be telling the world about the remarkable life of Hull’s aviation heroine and giving the city a summer to remember.”
Those planning to attend Place des Anges should check the website for information about the best entrances for them to enter the event and links to information about road closures, parking, public transport and park and ride arrangements.
Place des Anges is part of the series of curtain raiser events in 2016, made possible through the support of Spirit of 2012, which invests in events as catalysts for change for people and communities across the UK.
To book tickets visit
SO FAR SO GOOD
We had a wander around this afternoon and took a look at the work in progress at The Stage @ The Dock and the new C4DI building next door
TOP TEN CITY
Hull makes the Rough Guides 'Top Ten Cities To Visit in 2016' list
CITY OF CULTURE LOGO UNVEILED - WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Exciting times as we move towards our year in the spotlight. Radio Humberside have just reported on social media that the official logo for Hull 2017 City of Culture is here!
Reports state that the logo was designed by a company in Sheffield with input from Hull people. What do you think to the design? Do you think it could have been designed using a Hull company?
BP have also been announced as a major partner. Further announcements are expected later today - there is an event at Hull Truck this morning and BBC Radio Humberside's Burnsy will be there from 9am.
Tune into 95.9 FM for more from 9am.
A couple of really interesting documents here. The future is looking bright for our city and we are certainly inspired by the energy and enthusiasm being generated locally. The Strategic Business Plan from the City of Culture team sets out the plan for the next few years and Darren Spence's publication puts forward some fantastic ideas and suggestions for the city.
Click on the image to read the document
HULL UK CITY OF CULTURE 2017
STRATEGIC BUSINESS PLAN 2015-2018
HULL REGENERATION MASTERPLAN
TURNER PRIZE COMES TO HULL FOR 2017
Fantastic news announced this morning at the Ferens Art Gallery - Hull will host the 2017 Turner Prize, as part of the City of Culture celebrations. Congratulations to all involved in securing this for our city!
HULL 2017: THE SEASONS
CIVIC UNVEILING OF A PLAQUE TO COMMEMORATE THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF EBENEZER COBB MORLEY
Hull History Centre
Saturday 16 May 2015
Fantastic to see a plaque honouring Ebenezer Cobb Morley unveiled at the History Centre today. A great boost for Ollie Harsley and all who support the @ForStatue campaign.
IN THE BEGINNING HULL CREATED FOOTBALL
REMEMBERING EBENEZER COBB MORLEY
Fantastic news that a plaque is to be unveiled in Hull this weekend to commemorate Ebenezer Cobb Morley, widely acknowledged as the founder of modern day football and first secretary and former president of the FA. He was born in Hull in 1831 before moving to London at the age of 22 where he attended a series of meetings that led to the writing of rules and the formation of the FA. Hull archivist Martin Taylor says 'Mr Morley is one of the most significant people to be born in Hull'. This is great news for www.tigerlink.co.uk and a boost for our work with young Ollie Harsley and his @ForStatue Twitter campaign.
The plaque is the latest in a series to be unveiled in the City. The fight for a statue continues! We hope that one day there will be a statue commemorating Ebenezer in West Park near the KC Stadium. This would be a lasting memorial to both him and the FA and would serve as a meeting/talking point for both home and away supporters, as well as a local landmark for all Hull people and part of the path towards 2017 City of Culture status.
We hope to have a full report from the unveiling which will take place at Hull History Centre.
MADE IN HULL: TEN GREAT INVENTIONS AND PRODUCTS
Hull has been associated with some great inventions and products over the years - including the first rules for Assocation Football, devised by Hull born Ebenezer Cobb Morley.
Check out the full list in the Hull Daily Mail article below;
NO MOVE FOR WILBERFORCE?
The proposed move to Queen Victoria Square of the Wilberforce Monument now seems unlikely, with the statue set to remain in it's current position outside Hull College. What do you think? With Queens Gardens set to be included in improvements to the city centre in time for the 2017 City of Culture celebrations, do you think this will help draw visitors to the monument if it stays put?
THE CHANGING FACE OF HULL CITY CENTRE
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
As we progress towards 2017 and our City of Culture status, why not take a look at how the City Centre may look a few years from now. The link below takes you to the Public Realm Investment Strategy Document - despite this rather long title it's a fascinating insight into plans for our City in the future.
HULL - UK CITY OF CULTURE 2017
A year ago today the city of Hull won the title of UK City of Culture 2017. This evening's event at the Ferens Art Gallery gave the people of Hull the opportunity to hear what has been going on behind the scenes over the past twelve months and the plans going forward as we head towards our year of celebration.
Read more at www.2017-hull.co.uk
HOLY TRINITY CHURCH TO BECOME HULL MINSTER BY 2017
The Arhbishop of York has today announced that Holy Trinity Church will become Hull Minster by the time the city celebrates its City of Culture status in 2017.
FANTASTIC NEWS FOR HULL!
CITY OF CULTURE INTERACTIVE MAP
Brought to you by VHEY (Visit Hull and East Yorkshire), this interactive map of Hull is fantastic and well worth a look.
To view the map click HERE
OLD TOWN TO GET NEW NAME?
English Heritage's Urban Panel visited Hull and were impressed with what they saw. This recent Hull Daily Mail article outlines a few suggestions and thoughts, including a possible name of Kings Town for the Old Town area of the city.
What do you think? Read the full article HERE
EBENEZER COBB MORLEY
CAMPAIGN FOR STATUE TO HONOUR HULL BORN
'FOUNDER OF FOOTBALL'
Widely regarded as the founder of modern football - Ebenezer Cobb Morley was born down Princess Street and lived in Hull until the age of 22.
After some initial local interest a few years ago, a statue seems to be no nearer being created. A new Twitter account has been set up hoping to generate support for a statue. Let's celebrate our history and heritage - we have a lot to be proud of in this city!
Follow @ForStatue and support the campaign!
FREEDOM FESTIVAL 2014
WHAT A WEEKEND!
Check out this short film showing some of the many highligths of this year's Freedom Festival. If you were there, see if you can spot yourself!
A Shoot J Moore film, commisioned by Freedom Festival Trust and Visit Hull and East Yorkshire
'THIS CITY BELONGS TO EVERYONE'
This is a fantastic and moving video produced in support of Hull's bid to become UK City of Culture 2017. Still as good whether this is your first view or your twenty first!
Hull - UK City of Culture 2017
'We are a social media based Hull City AFC supporters group 'serving the Tiger Nation at home and abroad'. We also promote tourism and the economy of Hull and the East Riding. We hope to use Hull City's return to the Premier League as a platform to promote all things Hull and maximise the opportunities presented by the Tigers' elevation to the top tier.'
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