Freedom Festival returns to Hull city centre this year from 28th August to 1st September 2019.
Hull is no stranger to arts and culture and this summer, the annual Freedom Festival will use the city as its stage once again, in a way it has never done before. The festival programme has been revealed and tickets for the five incredible indoor shows are available to buy now…..
From Wednesday 28 August, Hull will see artists from across the world converge in the maritime city to delight, challenge and mystify audiences with jaw-dropping circus, weird and wonderful street theatre, thought-provoking performances and talks, music from all over the world, and mischievous projects that engage all ages. However, a different layer has been added to this year’s festival, offering a new rhythm for the weekend. With an expanded indoor programme following on from the huge success and feedback from last year’s ticketed programme of events, audiences will be able to begin their Freedom journey earlier, with additional shows starting earlier in the week to allow audiences greater time and opportunity to see extraordinary performances by award-winning international artists, then spend the weekend enjoying the incredible programme of free performances.
While the vast majority of Freedom Festival is free, there will be five indoor ticketed shows at this year’s festival:
Humans by Circa – this year will see a thrilling, breathtaking and heart-stopping performance from Circa, the most in-demand contemporary circus company in the world, who will open the festival with the incredible show, Humans.
UduL by Los Galindos – a unique visceral circus performance full of understanding and misunderstanding, false politeness, egos, cruelty and fear delivered with wonderful Catalan humour.
Un Poyo Rojo – Kitsch, camp and hilarious, Un Poyo Rojo fuses acrobatics, dance and physical performance to explore masculinity and bravado in a contemporary, Argentinian physical theatre performance.
Fidelis Fortibus by Circus Ronaldo, which sees the return of Danny Ronaldo to Hull, a highly unusual, comical and poetic solo performance which celebrates the grandeur of the circus.
Eastby Martin and Eliza Carthy – a collection of musical and poetical works from the East of England, from the furthest north of Northumberland, through Hull, right down to Suffolk.
Tickets are on sale from today and an early bird discount of 10% is available for sales up to the 17th June 2019. Tickets are available from the Hull Truck Box Office on (01482) 323638 or visit www.hulltruck.co.uk. For more information about the festival and the full programme, visit www.freedomfestival.co.uk
LOUD AND PUNKY FREEDOM FRIDAY : Taking audiences into the weekend, Freedom Festival Friday will see more happening during the afternoon in the lead up to the evening’s performance, when the party will really get started.
Lighting up cities across Europe for the past 30 years, French street art titans, Générik Vapeur will bring their legendary show Bivouac to Hull city centre, with a loud and punky performance on Friday night. Watch in awe as blue men and women and a cast of community participants take over the streets with a pyrotechnic extravaganza, transporting the city into a daydream.
YOUTH ACTIVISM AND TEENTALITARIANISM. Audiences can expect a musical journey throughout the festival, politics in public space and performances around every corner, including a new place, with Broken Orchestra’sRiver Walk. French theatre and dance company, Adhok return to the festival with The Great Escape, as they explore what it means to grow old in a fun promenade performance which challenges our perception of old age, the fears it carries and the treasures it hides.
Following Haircuts by Children in 2017, Freedom favourites Mammalian Diving Reflex will be back to work with a group of local teenagers to create a series of performances, events and interventions that will positively disrupt this year’s festival. Teentalitarianism creates teen-infused environments where the youth rule the roost – with the teens in charge of Freedom Festival, what will happen?
Expect weird and wonderful street performances and pop up installations, create your own party in a playful interactive installation by Superhallo, go on a secret journey with mysterious silver spheres with Ray Lee, to powerful and gripping stories about modern slavery within the construction industry told through physical parkour and compelling theatre with Justice in Motion.
As we celebrate 40 years since the birth of ska music, with its civil rights roots and 40 years since the Hull’s partnership with Freetown was established, expect non-stop dancing and a whole load of wild energy and soul power from the likes of Natty Bo and The Top Cats, alongside a host of others as the music stage returns to Zebedees Yard.
GET READY FOR A CARNIVAL! Sunday will see an international carnival take over the city, as bands from Freetown and the Rio samba master himself, celebrate the communities of Hull and the joyfulness they create, with carnival at its finest.
Freedom Festival early bird tickets are on sale now, available from the Hull Truck Box Office on (01482) 323638 or visit www.hulltruck.co.uk