Hull 2017: Highlights of the Year to Come

Four months have flown by as Hull’s year as the UK’s City of Culture continues to inspire, amaze and involve its residents whilst simultaneously attracting its visitors, and challenging perceptions of the city across the country and beyond.

From Blade, a 75-tonne Wind Turbine-themed art installation in Queen Victoria Square, to the sell-out RSC show The Hypocrite, which starred big names from Film and Television including Caroline Quentin and Game of Thrones’ Mark Addy, this is the story of a city “coming out of the shadows”.

We thought we’d take a look at what’s still to come over the next eight months, and the events, art installations and programmes which are taking place right now, as our friendly, welcoming city throws open its doors to the rest of the World.

In association with BBC Radio 3, Hull Truck Theatre will play host to a three-day festival which is set to celebrate the city’s rich folk heritage, as well as Hull’s international links. The city’s two twinned towns, Poland’s Szczecin and the capital of Sierra Leone, Freetown, will be foregrounded, with appearances from the Warsaw Village Band and Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars. The series of live concerts will also be accompanied by a number of Radio 3’s most recognisable programmes being broadcast from the city.

Radio 1’s Big Weekend: Hull 2017
The end of May will see Hull host Radio 1’s annual musical spectacular, with Katy Perry, Kings of Leon, Stormzy and Little Mix already announced as the event’s headliners. For many, this will be one of the biggest events the City of Culture festival has to offer, with international attention set to be on our region.

Poppies: Weeping Window
Made up of several thousand ceramic poppies, this beautiful tribute to Hull’s fallen has been installed outside of the city’s Maritime Museum, which itself witnessed many significant events in Hull’s part in the First World War. Having originally been situated at HM Tower of London back in 2014, this sculpture will be recognisable for many across the UK.

Richard III
Playing almost a full month at the Hull Truck Theatre during May, the co-production of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays sees the Northern Broadsides theatre company return to its roots, with its first ever performance, Richard III, having taken place on Hull Marina.