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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.
From Wednesday 28 August until Sunday 1 September, 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.
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: breathtaking Humans by Circa, the unique UduL by Los Galindos, the hilarious Un Poyo Rojo, and Fidelis Fortibus by award-winning Circus Ronaldo, which sees the return of Danny Ronaldo to Hull. With the festival extended to five nights, audiences will have a greater chance to see these world-class shows, with both intimate moments and epic performances.
These shows will begin on Wednesday 28 August, as the festival builds on Hull’s rich circus history and the insatiable appetite for acrobatic feats.
Creating intimate to epic moments where audiences and artists meet, Freedom Festival is mischievous and joyful, a celebration of hope, humanity and the power of people. It is as unique as the city to which it is anchored, occupying streets and transforming unusual spaces, this year’s weekend programme will once again play out in the city’s streets, squares and public spaces as it celebrates Hull’s rich heritage, encouraging visitors to discover and rediscover a city of unparalleled potential, fuelled by hope and humanity. Everyone is invited to explore the programme and the city and be a part of the change.