As City of Culture 2017, it’s all going on this year! Be it theatre, dance, music or art, you name it: Hull’s got it. With events, exhibitions, performances and more, there’s something to entertain everyone.
Those of you with a musical appreciation might enjoy The Height of the Reeds: A Sound Journey for the Humber Bridge. This sound adventure by Opera North will take place between 1st - 30th April. Head on over to the Humber Bridge, put on a set of headphones and get lost in the music, walking the epic span of the bridge. If you’d prefer to be making the music yourself, The Albemarle Music Centre is throwing its doors open on Saturdays from March to November to welcome everyone to make music through a series of workshops.
Arty types should definitely make the most of the prestigious collections being held in the Ferens Art Gallery throughout the City of Culture programme. Visitors will get a first glance of Spencer Tunick’s 2016 Sea of Hull, which invited thousands of people to be photographed naked whilst painted blue, and captured headlines around the world. Rembrandt’s The Ship Builder and his Wife will also make an appearance, and there’ll be an exhibition exploring sea related themes including monster myths and the implications of climate change.
The art doesn’t stop there - installations are popping up all over the city; turning it into a rich cultural canvas. Project ‘Look Up’ is an ambitious attempt to get people to look up from their phones or out of their windows by featuring projects by various artists all over Hull. The Weeping Window in Queen Victoria Square is one of the most talked about so far, with 5,800 of the ceramic poppies which were featured at the Tower of London in 2014 pouring out of a Maritime Museum window and forming a carpet on the floor of the square.
If you like good film (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?), the City of Culture programme is bringing a packed lineup of more than 400 screenings, one-off events and film festivals throughout the year. Two highlights are the Doc ‘n Roll Film Festival - a line up of alternative music documentary films - and Hull Film Festival, which promises films that are award-winning, critically acclaimed, unashamedly independent and a little left-field. So, who’s buying the popcorn?
All this is just a tiny example of the cultural delights Hull has to offer. To keep in the loop or find out more visit the City of Culture website or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01482 212222.