On Culture: Hull 2017 reveals Tell the World season

The CultureJukebox team have been really impressed with the work going on in Hull, throughout the City’s capital of culture year. So it’s great to read about the wonderful new season of programming Tell the World.

Running from October to December,  Tell the World brings theatre and live performance, literature, visual art, festivals, spectacle and more. There are events and activities across the city to entertain, challenge and bring people together, cementing Hull‘s reputation as a cultural destination, with a profile that is growing nationally and internationally.

New commissions with Hull Truck Theatre include The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca, written by the award-winning actor and writer Maxine Peake, a site-specific commission that will take place at Hull‘s historic Guildhall, and a brand new play by acclaimed writer James Graham (This HouseInkPrivacy, The Vote), a behind the scenes comedy about the City of Culture year, which is due to open in 2018. Hull Truck Theatre also has the world premiere of award-winning writer Tanika Gupta’s adaptation of the best-selling novel A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, directed by Mark Babych.

Visual art includes Turner Prize 2017 at Ferens Art Gallery, which runs until 7 January 2018, with awards night on 5 December. A partnership with international photography co-operative Magnum sees Martin Parr and Olivia Arthur‘s photographic study Hull, Portrait of a City at Humber Street GalleryBritish Council and Royal Institute of British Architects are partners for the spectacular Look Up public art commission, A Hall for Hull, in historic Trinity Square.Brynmor Jones Library at the University of Hulla Principal Partner, presents works from the Government Art Collection inAn Eyeful of Wry.

Martin Parr: Hull, Portrait of a City

A Hall For Hull

Hull 2017’s commitment to innovative and experimental new work, supported by Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence, sees the culmination of the epic year-long project Slung Low‘s pioneering multi-format Flood, as well as Blast Theory‘s landmark 2097: We Made Ourselves Over and curious directive‘s virtual reality project Frogman, which has just premiered in Edinburgh.

Also embracing technology are virtual reality wizards Marshmallow Laser Feast, whose A Colossal Wave is a major partnership commission with the British Council and Partenariat du Quartier Spectacle, Montreal, and the world renownedJason Bruges Studio work their innovative light-based magic in Hull‘s Old Town with Where Do We Go From Here?a new art installation that runs into January 2018.

Following its £16 million rebuilding programme, the newly opened Hull New Theatre‘s first season includes work from Opera NorthNorthern Ballet and National Theatre, plus The Kings of Hull, a world premiere from John Godber.

Tell the World builds on the city’s strong literary heritage with an unprecedented number of nationally renowned as well as local writers, poets and spoken word artists coming together for a variety of events to suit all tastes and ages. Kicking it off, on National Poetry Day (28 September), Contains Strong Language, produced by the BBC alongside Hull‘s own Wrecking Ball Press and the annual Humber Mouth festival, plus many other partners, is the UK’s biggest poetry and spoken word festival.

Running alongside this exciting new event is Out of this Word, a month-long showcase of top writers, poets, playwrights, artists and musicians from across the UK, being presented by Hull 2017 Principal Partner, East Riding of Yorkshire Council. In November Hull Noir celebrates the best of British and international crime fiction and also host the prestigious Iceland Noir from Reykjavik.

Hull Noir

Returning and continuing events include Back to Ours, the popular festival of music, performance, film, art and circus brought to the heart of local communities; the Creative Communities Programme, which has seen 60 projects across the city; and the No Limits learning programme, which has ensured that every school child in Hull has had the opportunity to take part in the City of Culture year.

Tell the World also reflects on how Hull is redefining itself, celebrating the qualities that make it a fabulously unique city. In December Substance brings together artists, thinkers, commentators and creative mavericks and visionaries for a weekend of art, performance and debate that focuses on Hull and the North’s future as a dynamic cultural and creative powerhouse.

The lovingly restored 1960s Vintage Mobile Cinema is also coming to Hull as part of the This Way Up film exhibitors’ conference (7-8 November), including documentary shorts from the British Council/Scottish Documentary Institute Storiesprogramme, which, since 2011, has trained filmmakers from countries as different as Jordan, Libya, Pakistan and Syria, in the art of creative documentary; First Acts: bold, daring expressions of creativity, delivered in short film form by young artist filmmakers. Commissioned by the Random Acts Network for Arts Council England and Channel 4; New Animated Shorts from the UK, curated by Abigail Addison; One Minute: artists’ films, curated by Hull based artist Kerry BaldryFlare Films: from a British Council international touring programme in partnership with BFI Flare.

For more information: https://www.hull2017.co.uk/

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