Hull City of Culture reveals eagerly awaited season one events

Hull City of Culture reveals eagerly awaited season one events

The wait is finally over. Today, Hull UK City of Culture revealed its programme for the first of four seasons of events, running from January to March 2017.

The 2017 team announced the full programme of events for Season One: Made in Hull, and highlights for the rest of the year, at a packed Hull Truck Theatre as well as other locations around the city.

Starting with a firework display on January 1st, the first season promises to ‘shake up the preconceptions and show people what Hull is really made of and the many incredible things Hull has made for the world’. It will reflect ideas from the city 'that have changed and enriched the world'. Some of the events to watch out for include:

  • Made in Hull: outdoor installations, projections and performances tell the story of Hull, curated by award-winning Hull-born filmmaker Sean McAllister,
  • World Premiere of Richard Bean’s The Hypocrite, a co-production with Hull Truck Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Reopening of Ferens Art Gallery after £4.5m facelift including hosting Turner Prize
  • New pop up Humber Street Gallery to host first Coum Transmissions retrospective
  • Homecoming show for The Spiders from Mars 
  • Opera North transforming the Humber Bridge into a piece of music
  • Anthony Minghella and Basil Kirchin retrospectives
  • John Grant curated four-day festival of Nordic music
  • New commissions from Slung Low and Blast Theory
  • Royal Collection loans Rembrandt and the Courtauld sends Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe

To help spread the word, volunteers kitted out in Hull City of Culture’s ‘scandalous blue’, ‘ludicrous purple’ and ‘mischievous pink’ will be handing out free guides to what’s on during the first season of events across the city.

The news comes soon after the 2017 team announced it recently smashed its fundraising target of £18 million, raising a total of £32 million for the city. This funding will help Hull stage its year-long celebration of cultural events, which is expected to raise an estimated £60 million for our local economy in 2017.

As one of the 64 partners and funders of the 2017 team, and member of the original Hull 2017 Business Angels group, Gosschalks has supported Hull’s bid for UK City of Culture since its inception.

Steve Savage, Business Development Director at Gosschalks, said:

“We originally threw our support behind the pitch for the title of UK City of Culture three years ago, so it’s been an exciting journey since the bid team presented so well in Derry~Londonderry, and of course that dramatic announcement at Hull Truck in November 2013.

“It’s therefore apt that we return to the same venue to hear of the plans for the first season which, it has to be said, sounds nothing short of breathtaking. The quality and variety I think will surprise many as the Hull 2017 team have done an incredible job of exceeding all our expectations and putting something together that is absolutely world-class.

“We’re obviously very proud to be able to say we backed the original bid back in 2013 to help bring the UK City of Culture to our home city.”

CEO and Director of Hull 2017, Martin Green, said:

"Hull has always had a unique cultural voice and in 2017 it will roar. The spirit, the stories and the talent of this city have inspired this national year of celebration. From its artists to its residents through to the city's incredible heritage, Hull will share with the rest of the world what people from here have known all along – this city has contributed significantly to ideas that have changed and enriched the world.

"Today is mainly about the first season, Made in Hull, but there is more to come in the following three. Hull 2017 draws on this city's distinctiveness and the ambition and dynamism of the North, whilst offering an opportunity to reflect on the nation as a whole. Next year will show the power that art has to bring people together, to surprise and delight, to educate and provoke debate – to transform lives. Hull invites the world: everyone back to ours 2017."

Part of Hull’s 10-year City Plan, the 2017 events aim to help put Hull in the spotlight, secure new investments, create more jobs and improve prospects for the people and businesses of Hull.

You can find out more about Hull City of Culture and the 2017 events here.

The Hull 2017 Business Angels is a group of leading local businesses and organisations who have pledged financial support towards Hull’s City of Culture original pitch and fundraising for the programme of events in 2017.

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