Already a great city for culture, the programme for 2017 for the UK City of Culture builds on its vibrant scene of writers, artists, musicians and makers. From the artists to residents, to eclectic venues, Hull will share its significant contributions to ideas that have changed and enriched the world.
The year will be split into four seasons, each with something distinctive to say about Hull and its place in the world: Made in Hull; Roots & Routes; Freedom, and Tell The World.
January will see the opening of a brand new gallery: The Humber Street Gallery, located in the heart of the city’s Fruit Market Cultural Quarter; as well as the reopening of Ferens Art Gallery. Exhibitions at other spaces include Lines of Thought, an exhibition of line drawings by artists including Michelangelo at Hull University.
There will be exciting theatre and live performance throughout the year, starting in February with the world premiere of The Hypocrite, by award-winning playwright Richard Bean, who comes from Hull. Other highlights at the Hull Truck Theatre include Richard III, as well a new production of Our Mutual Friend.
Music is also a strong feature of the year - February will also see performances from artists including acclaimed classical guitarist Xuefei Yang, while celebrated baritone Roderick Williams, and renowned pianist Christopher Glynn will follow later in 2017.
The Orchestra of Opera North will join forces with Norwegian composer Arve Henrikson and Hull-based sound recordist Jez Reily-French in a unique musical experiment that will turn the iconic Humber Bridge into an epic musical installation.
Reflecting Hull’s links to northern Europe, acclaimed musician John Grant and long-time resident of Reykjavik has created a brand new festival for the city. John Grant’s North Atlantic Flux : Sounds From Smoky Bay is a four-day festival that will celebrate contemporary Nordic arts and culture.
Hull will host the PRS Music Biennial, where 20 of the UK’s most innovative composers will take over the city centre in this free celebration of the best of new British music, including the likes of Eliza Carthy, Gavin Bryars, Sam Lee, Anna Meredith, Jocelyn Pook, Mica Levi and Go Go Penguin.
Stefanie: The Deep - amazing inside and out, beats Berlin Aquarium any day! - https://www.thedeep.co.uk/
Hollie: The Deep, Maritime Museum, Ferens Art Gallery, Transport Museum, East Park, there’s lots to do here, we’re spoilt for choice!
Paul: Follow the fish trail around the centre and you’ll pass the free museums and most other things mentioned here. Take a stroll round the marina and visit one of the pubs or pick up an amazing brownie from cocoa on humber street. Go see some live music at the adelphi or fruit. The university currently has an exhibition of drawings by old masters. There’s a lot going on!
Amy: There’s so much going on right now in Hull with it being City of Culture, check out the blade art installation and the newly renovated Ferens Art Gallery. (Museums are free in Hull). Nearby there’s Beverley (have a picnic on the Westwood/Burton Bushes and hunt for the white rabbit that is said to have inspired Lewis Carroll in St Mary’s church) and some lovely coastal spots like Bridlington (with a great splash pool) and Scarborough (with a castle). There’s a new outdoor adventure play centre called ‘Williams Den’ opening this Spring, and plenty of older houses like Burton Constable, Normanby Hall (across the Humber Bridge), Sewerby Hall and Burton Agnes.