It’s Freedom Festival time again!


Freedom Festival is now entering its seventh year. Last September, it pulled in more than 80,000 people who soaked up the atmosphere, and all mostly for free! It’s a real showcase of what the city can do culturally, and was seen by many as being key in clinching the City of Culture title. This year the programme will include Hull music legend Roland Gift, soul singer Ruby Turner, leading circus company NoFit State Circus, highly acclaimed cabaret drag-show Ballad of the Burning Star about the Israel-Palestine conflict (yes really!) plus more of the mad street theatre that pops up everywhere across the city and gives the whole place a brilliant ‘it feels like we’re on holiday but we’re actually still in Hull’ vibe.

The festival kicks off on Friday September 5th, when a Nelson Mandela-inspired opening night is planned, marking the links between Mandela’s work and the origins of the festival in celebrating Hull’s famous son, anti-slavery pioneer William Wilberforce. There’ll be a stunning light trail blazing its way through the Old Town through to the Fruit Market area, with drummers and dance and a big finale at the Fruit Market. Saturday night will showcase a production called Spellbound, an ancient story from India and Shadow theatre with real life performers in place of traditional puppetry. There’ll also be a lantern procession, special effects and pyrotechnics galore, comedy and a party atmosphere. It’s a cliché, we know, but the festival really does offer something for all ages and tastes so don’t miss it – and pray that the sun continues to shine on Freedom Festival as it usually does!