Freedom Festival 2019 to be 5 days of wonder

Circa, Humans – photo by Sarah Walker.

HULL’s award-winning international Freedom Festival, an established fixture on the national and international cultural calendar, returns for its 12th year in 2019 with an extended and audacious arts programme spanning five days.

Event dates: Wednesday 28 August – Sunday 1 September 2019 

Location: Hull city centre

In an extraordinary celebration of art, community and humanity, artists and audiences from Hull and around the world will once again converge on the city, transforming it into a world of wonder, to feast upon a world-class programme of art and a festival as unique as the city to which it is anchored. 

With a largely free, family-centric programme spanning circus, music, dance, debates, visual arts, theatre and more, including multiple commissions and events which explore themes relating to human rights, Freedom Festival 2019 will affirm its position as one of the UK’s and Europe’s finest and most distinctive arts festivals. 

Presented in public space, occupying streets and transforming unusual spaces, this year’s programme will celebrate the city’s rich heritage whilst encouraging visitors to discover and rediscover a city of unparalleled potential, fuelled by humanity.  

Mikey Martins, Artistic Director and Joint CEO of Freedom Festival Arts Trust, explains: “A festival powered by people, that’s what Freedom Festival is. At what other festival are themes of empowerment and the potential of community artistically woven together with world-class street theatre, visual arts, participatory installations, dance, circus, live music and a programme of exhibitions and debates?

“We believe bold, artistic experiences and festivals are fundamental and a necessary part of our modern society, the kind of artists we work with are brave, innovative and hugely talented and we’re incredibly excited to have expanded the celebrations beyond a weekend to five days of wonder. In 2019 we will expand our indoor programme following on from the huge success and feedback from last year’s ticketed programme of events, this will allow more people the opportunity to see extraordinary performances by award-winning artists from across the world.”      

Save the date to experience a journey of discovery as Hull becomes the city’s stage. You’re invited to join us as we continue to delight, entertain and surprise audiences in unusual locations with jaw-dropping UK premieres, laugh-out-loud moments, thought-provoking performances and sometimes mischievous projects that engage with both the young and old.  

The programme for Freedom Festival will be announced next month. 

Freedom Festival 2019 will take place from Wednesday 28 August – Sunday 1 September 2019. It is a free festival, with some ticketed performances. For more information and ticket announcements visit www.freedomfestival.co.uk and follow @FreedomFestHull

[Rebecca Aspin]

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