Freedom festival celebrates, through artistic and cultural expression, Hull’s independent spirit and historic contribution to the cause of freedom.
We explore, and provide a platform for, local, national and international representations of freedom, independence of spirit through the pure freedom of creative expression. We will always make reference to ‘freedom’ as a concept, pushing boundaries to express it in a variety of ways through our programme.
We work closely with artists, organisations, businesses, families, individuals and community groups to create a world-class urban arts festival that offers something for everyone. We bring renowned national and international programming to our city, while always providing opportunities for supporting, showcasing and developing local and regional talent. We constantly challenge to ourselves to seek out and work with artists who are brave enough to further explore and debate concepts of freedom, both from a historical viewpoint and also in terms of what freedom means today, in 2016 and beyond.
Artists who can create impactful work, work which gets audiences talking and debating and challenging and celebrating New commissions feature in our programme each year; in 2015, for example, the festival featured Humber Calling, a collection of work curated by sound artist Scanner that celebrated Hull’s iconic cream phone boxes and the changing nature of broadcasting. Read more about our commissions and in-year work here.
Freedom festival is an established fixture on the national and international cultural calendar. In 2019 we extended the celebrations beyond a weekend to five days, through an expanded indoor programme to give people the opportunity to see extraordinary performances from award-winning artists from across the world.
Freedom is a festival born from the city of Hull and its association with the abolitionist movement, themes of empowerment, activism and the potential of community. The festival programme is playfully woven together with world-class street theatre, circus, dance, physical theatre, music, talks, visual art, exhibitions, debates and more.
It is by far the human impact, the sense of pride, hope and optimism that permeates the city during the festival weekend that offers up an insight into the potential, long term transformational impact of Freedom Festival and its year-round activity.
We celebrate Hull's independent spirit through artistic and cultural expression, bringing renowned national and international artists to the city while providing significant opportunities for local and regional artists.
OUR WEBSITE: https://www.freedomfestival.co.uk/our-festival/past-festivals1/
OUR 2019 FESTIVAL
OUR 2020 FESTIVALCOLLABORATE