Hull: City of Culture 2017

Friday 09 February 2018

Get ready for 365 days of transformative arts and culture in Yorkshire, north-east England.

Already a great city for culture, the programme for 2017 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.

Hull, bridge, England, Britain

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.

Highlights of Hull's 2017 calendar:


The spirit, the stories, and the talent of the city will be highlighted in the first season. Visitors can witness the magnificent opening event also called Made in Hull, which has been curated by award-winning documentary film maker Sean McAllister, who is himself from Hull. The event will will run over seven days, and will feature the work of specially commissioned local and international artists, using large-scale projection onto buildings, illuminated skylines, soundscapes, shop windows and live performance which will transform the city. Visitors can also expect a firework spectacular to herald in the New Year.

The Northern English city of Hull, City of culture 2017

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.

The Wilberforce Monument in Hull, City of Culture 2017, Britain

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.

Hull Docks, City of Culture 2017, England, Britain

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.

Immersive theatre in Hull, England. City of Culture 2017

Further highlights

-          Immersive and experiential theatre productions from leading exponents Slung Low and Blast Theory

-          Depart, a show from internationally acclaimed circus artists Circa

-          LGBT 50, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Britain, incorporating Hull Pride

Beside the sea in Hull, England. City of Culture 2017

More details will be announced throughout the year. To find out more, see the Hull 2017 website

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