On Friday 31 August 2018 Hull will come alive for a weekend of wonder with events and shows for the whole family to enjoy.
Explore the streets and see what you find as this year’s three-day festival programme celebrates and explores the themes of empowerment, the importance of activism and the potential of community. All of which is artistically woven together through street theatre, dance and acrobatics alongside a community feast, debates, exhibitions and participatory projects.
Freedom Festival was launched in 2007 to commemorate anti-slavery pioneer William Wilberforce and has since established itself as the city’s annual festival celebrating creative expression and community.
More than a decade later, it continues to be the jewel in Hull’s cultural crown, with last year’s Freedom Festival hailed as the best and most diverse to date. Freedom Festival 2018 marks the 11th anniversary of the Hull festival and organisers have unveiled a truly beautiful and mesmerising line-up.
Mikey Martins, artistic director and Joint CEO of Freedom Festival Arts Trust, said:
“Beautiful, hopeful and wonderful, that’s how I would describe this year’s Freedom Festival programme. Last year’s festival was incredible, we put on a huge programme that so many people watched, participated in and enjoyed and we want this year to be just as special, but different.
“I’m really excited to reveal this year’s programme, we’ve been working hard for over a year to get things ready and we’re delighted with what’s in store later this summer. The themes woven through the programme have grown organically and work wonderfully together.
“In our 11th year, we’ll continue to bring the city to life with incredible street theatre, dance and circus. We’re a world-class outdoor arts festival and that’s what people should expect later this summer. I think they’ll like what they see.”
Freedom Festival 2018 takes place from 31 August to 2 September 2018. Visit the festival’s new website to find out more and how you too can support Freedom Festival: www.freedomfestival.co.uk