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Hull UK City of Culture 2017

Information about the event, how the year-long programme of events will be structured, how schools in Hull and the East Riding can link in with the event, how to book for events, information about East Riding Education Programme and opportunities to volunteer to be part of the Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

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How is the council involved in the Hull UK City of Culture 2017?

The council was announced as ‘Principal Partner’ to Hull UK City of Culture 2017 in August 2015. The council’s partnership with Hull UK City of Culture 2017 will deliver a £1million package of funding and support to help stage and enhance the UK City of Culture celebrations. 

The partnership with Hull UK City of Culture 2017 offers opportunities for local residents and cultural venues to play their part in a year of transformative arts and culture that will resonate across the north of England, the UK and beyond.  The partnership recognises the significant impact that UK City of Culture status will have across Hull and the East Riding, particularly as a driver for tourism. 

Arts and culture improves our residents’ lives, benefits our economy and attracts tourists. The council’s status as ‘Principal Partner’ to Hull UK City of Culture 2017 is a unique opportunity to associate with world-class arts and cultural activity, adding value for our residents, visitors and businesses. 

What will be in the Hull UK City of Culture 2017 programme?

The Hull UK City of Culture 2017 programme will feature events and activities across 365 days.  Visit the Hull City of Culture website for more information:

Hull UK City of Culture 2017 (external website) 

The year will be split into four seasons: 

Season One: Made in Hull - January to March 2017

In this first season, Hull welcomes the world! ‘Made in Hull’ recognises and celebrates the production of culture including theatre, music and great architecture.  It celebrates Hull’s poets, writers and musicians focussing on Hull’s innovations and contributions to the world. 

Season Two: Routes and Roots - April to June 2017

The second season, ‘Routes and Roots’, explores people’s roots in Hull alongside the history and heritage that places migration and transition at the heart of the city that is a gateway to Europe. 

Season Three: Freedom - July to September 2017

Season three recognises the unique contribution of Hull to the freedom movement recognising how Hull still champions the cause by tackling difficult issues such as sex trafficking and other forms of modern day slavery. 

Season Four: Tell the World - October to December 2017

The final season aims to bring all the seasons together putting a firm focus on the future and the exciting potential that has started with an unforgettable 2017. 

East Riding events and activities will also be featured in the programme, from our festivals and concerts to our arts centres and theatres and a number of specially commissioned events for 2017.

How can I book for events?

Hull UK City of Culture 2017’s website will act as a central box office for the purchase of tickets, for bookings across the city, and will be selling tickets on behalf of key cultural partners. 

Visit the Hull City of Culture website for more information:

Hull UK City of Culture 2017 (external website)   

When will East Riding of Yorkshire Council be hosting the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition as part of the Hull UK City of Culture 2017?

The East Riding Museums and Galleries team is delighted to announce that The 52nd Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum, will open at The Treasure House in Beverley on Saturday 11 February 2017 and run until 22 April 2017.

The world-renowned exhibition will feature 100 breath-taking images, from fascinating animal behaviour to remarkable wild landscapes as part of the Hull UK City of Culture 2017 programme.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind and has been providing a global platform to showcase the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for more than 50 years. 

After opening at the Natural History Museum on 21 October 2016, this year’s 100 award-winning images will embark on an international tour that allows them to be seen by millions of people across six continents, with Beverley being one of the exclusive UK locations.

You can find more information at:

Visitor enquiries: (01482) 392780
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wildlifephotographeroftheyear 
Twitter: @NHM_WPY 
Instagram: nhm_wpy 

When and where can I see the 'Classically Yours' series of events in the East Riding as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017?

As part of the East Riding’s celebration of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Orchestras Live have joined forces to bring more orchestral music to the area. 

Thanks to a grant from Arts Council England, and investment from the council – which is a Principal Partner in Hull UK City of Culture 2017 - and Orchestras Live, Classically Yours will see some of the UK’s top orchestras, including Manchester Camerata, Sinfonia Viva and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, coming to the area. 

Classically Yours will consist of a number of orchestral concerts taking place in Beverley, Bridlington, Pocklington and Withernsea  throughout 2017, alongside community work, culminating in a concert with all orchestras joining together at The Spa Bridlington in January 2018.

Performing in Beverley, Bridlington, Pocklington and Withernsea, as well as other smaller places across the East Riding, there will be special concerts for children, families and older people, and opportunities for community groups to work with the orchestras, and composers James Redwood and Richard Taylor, to compose music and perform with them. Classically Yours aims to increase the amount of high quality music available in the East Riding and to encourage more participation in arts and culture.

Orchestras Live Chief Executive Sarah Derbyshire thinks it’s an innovative move. “Each orchestra brings with them a distinctive style, but all have a passion for sharing great music with more people. 

“Professional orchestras don’t often work together but we were determined that the people of East Riding, especially those in the more out of the way places, had the opportunity to hear world class music and importantly to be part of the creative process, writing and performing a large-scale piece of new music at a massive event, involving both orchestras, at The Spa, Bridlington in January 2018.”

Councillor Richard Burton, portfolio holder for civic wellbeing and culture, added: “I am delighted that we are able to increase the amount of orchestral music in the area.  

“It really is a coup to be having all these fantastic orchestras here in the East Riding and I hope as many people as possible will take the opportunity to hear them and also be part of the creative process by participating in and supporting the projects in Pocklington and Withernsea.

“Classically Yours is one of our key events in Hull 2017, and I for one am really looking forward to seeing local people get involved in it.”

Community arts officer June Mitchell said : “You don’t have to be a musician to take part, just have enthusiasm and curiosity about music. If you or your group are interested in taking part, then please get in touch to express an interest.”

Classically Yours kicks off on 8 January 2017 at the Spa, Bridlington with Manchester Camerata with a sparkling New Year Viennese concert conducted by Jean-Claude Picard featuring soprano Ailish Tynan. Dancers from East Riding Youth Dance County Company will join the orchestra to give their own interpretation of some of the Viennese dance music. Tickets are available online at www.TheSpaBridlington.com

Has East Riding of Yorkshire Council awarded grants as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017?

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is set to award Active Creative Grants to 17 groups and organisations, in support of Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

Grants ranging between £900 and £2500 are being awarded – subject to conditions being met by the applicants – to allow a range of groups and organisations to develop arts and cultural opportunities for residents and visitors.

The council is a principal partner in Hull UK City of Culture 2017, and was keen to offer additional funding for projects in the area that are creative at heart, transformational, and celebrate arts and culture in the East Riding.

Applications have been rewarded that will have a legacy after 2017.

Who is set to receive the Active Creative Grants, subject to conditions?

Successful applicants include:  

  • Goole Civic Society for the Goole Festival of Water:  a Grant for a day-long Festival on a route using the Aire and Calder Navigation from the Waterways Museum to Ouse Dock in the town centre, designed to attract thousands of visitors. It will be a public history project, exploring how two centuries of innovation, change and migration have informed the identity of the town
  • Remarkable Arts in Bridlington:  a grant for an event next summer to be called ‘Sing for Freedom’. This will be a day of music workshops on the theme of freedom, culminating in a performance in the town. East Riding Regional Cinemas for the ‘On Film Festival’: a grant towards a Film Festival spread over 2017 in which personalities will introduce films they have particular interest in, and talk to the audience and show the film.  Venues will include Spotlight Theatre, Bridlington; The Film Society, Beverley; The Junction, Goole; The Spa, Bridlington; Beverley Drama; Parkway Cinema, Beverley; Ferriby Screen, Ferriby Village Hall; Pocklington Arts Centre; and the Meridian Centre, Withernsea
  • East Riding Regional Cinemas for the ‘On Film Festival’ : a grant towards a Film Festival spread over 2017 in which personalities will introduce films they have a particular interest in, and talk to the audience and show the film.Venues will include Spotlight Theatre, Bridlington; The Film Society, Beverley; The Junction, Goole; The Spa, Bridlington; Beverley Drama; Parkway Cinema, Beverley; Ferriby Screen, Ferriby Village Hall; Pocklington Arts Centre; and the Meridian Centre, Withernsea. 

In total, just over £32,000 will be awarded in Active Creative Grants by the council to 17 applicants. 

The remaining 14 are: 

  • Pocklington Arts Centre: Voices of Freedom
  • Other Lives Productions:  Moth – True Stories Told Live
  • Quentin Budworth (artist): Hullywood Icons: across the East Riding 
  • Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival: Through the Looking Glass
  • Beverley Folk Festival: A Community in Chorus
  • Castaway, Goole: Sing across the East Riding
  • Stage 4 Beverley: Winter Music Celebration
  • The Shire Hall Trust, Howden: Children’s Festival
  • Junction, Goole / Goole Town Council: The Gravy Project
  • Wolds Wonders drama group, Pocklington: Amazing roots and routes
  • The Den, Bridlington: Mend the Gap
  • Chris Warkup: The Culture Train (on the train from Hull via Cottingham, Beverley, Hutton Cranswick, Driffield, Nafferton and Bridlington
  • East Riding Theatre, Beverley: Summer Season Arts Festival
  • Hessle Town Council: The Humber Estuary as a gateway to Hessle, Hull the East Riding and beyond.

How will schools in the East Riding be able to link in with Hull UK City of Culture 2017? 

Hull UK City of Culture 2017 is currently developing an official Education Programme covering early years, schools, further education and adult education. The programme will help to capture the imagination of young people, opening their minds to great culture and supported by the chance to get involved in grass roots arts provided by the outreach work. 

All East Riding primary, secondary and academy schools will be able to access the same online resources as Hull schools, giving them the chance to explore ‘culture’ through key cross-cutting areas of the curriculum. 

How do I find out more about the East Riding Education Programme?

To find out more about the East Riding Education Programme, contact the education programme lead: 

Mike Furbank, head of children and young people, education and schools:

Email  mike.furbank@eastriding.gov.uk 

Are there any opportunities to volunteer to be part of the Hull UK City of Culture 2017?

Hull UK City of Culture 2017 welcomes volunteers from across the globe and there are plenty of opportunities for those living in the East Riding to take part. 

Visit the Hull City of Culture website for more information:

Hull UK City of Culture 2017 - Become a volunteer (external website) 

Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 May 2017