Award-winning Guardian journalist is returning to Hull

From the ‘Faces of Slavery’ exhibition, by photographer Tom White.

On 26 March 2019 – the anniversary of the Modern Slavery Act – The Guardian’s Investigative Journalist Annie Kelly will return to Hull to take part in a Freedom Talk at Middleton Hall.  

This free event is part of Freedom Talks a partnership between the University of Hull and Freedom Festival Arts Trust to mark the anniversary of the Modern Slavery Act, which received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015. 

The landmark bill to help eradicate modern slavery was the first of its kind in Europe, and one of the first in the world, to specifically address slavery and trafficking in the 21st century.

Annie Kelly is an award winning human rights journalist and editor of the Guardian’s Modern-day slavery in focus series.  The event sees her return to the city following her Freedom Talk as part of last year’s Freedom Festival programme, where she led a discussion on where responsibility for modern day slavery falls, and why so many companies are not held to account for what happens in their supply chain.   

Mikey Martins, Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive of the Freedom Festival Arts Trust said: “Although it’s seven months until Freedom Festival 2019, we’re busy keeping the Freedom conversation going with our year-long programme of work and are delighted to welcome Annie back to the city to mark the anniversary of this landmark act. 

“We’ve joined forces with our friends at the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE) to host the special panel discussion at the Middleton Hall, University of Hull. 

“Annie will be joined by academic experts and artistic activists. The evening will also feature live spoken word and an exhibition of photographs from the Modern-day slavery in focus series Faces of Slavery.”

Faces of Slavery was exhibited at Freedom Festival 2018. It is a powerful exhibition of photographs, where portraits of human trafficking survivors are exhibited alongside their testimonies.  

Mikey continued: “While a hard subject matter to digest, Faces of Slavery highlights the roots of Freedom Festival and the continued importance of raising awareness of the issue of modern-day slavery.”

Professor Glenn Burgess, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Hull: The University is proud of working with Freedom Festival on bringing critical subjects to the attention of a wide audience and provide a platform for activists and academics to debate and discuss a range of contemporary issues. Annie Kelly brings enormous experience as a leading human rights journalist to this series of talks and ensures that the conversation continues beyond the dates of the festival.” 

John Oldfield, Director of the Wilberforce Institute, continued: “On the anniversary of such a key piece of legislation, we’re delighted to be welcoming Annie Kelly back to the city following her popular appearance at the Freedom Festival last year. It is important to keep the conversation about modern slavery going and Annie’s award-winning journalism and events like this play a key role in this.”

The event starts at 6.30pm. Tickets are free however booking is required. Book your ticket online at the link below or call 01482 465683.

Link to book tickets: https://culturenet.co.uk/events/freedom-talks-annie-kelly

[Rebecca Aspin – Home PR, for Freedom Festival Arts Trust]

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