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Fair, Sat 9 Dec 2017

Hull City Hall

Hull City Hall


A new festival celebrating the culture, creativity and future of the North.

Creative visionaries, mavericks and the next generation of artistic iconoclasts descend on Hull to ask questions about the future of arts and culture and the role they play in places like Hull.

Does arts-led regeneration exist? What exactly are the creative industries? Has the digital revolution democratised arts and are we all curators now? And most importantly, what happened in the past 11 months and what does it mean for the future?

Venues across Hull city centre play host to discussions, film screenings, debates, unique installations and the next generation of artworks and performances.

Wed 29 Nov, 6pm, Middleton Hall. Free.

Writer and performer Reece Shearsmith was born and raised in Hull before finding fame with the comedy sketch group The League of Gentlemen alongside Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, and Jeremy Dyson, which was the basis of the highly successful BBC television show.

This evening will take the form of a conversation with University of Hull lecturer Dr Kevin Corstorphine, and will explore Reece’s creative influences with a particular focus on elements of the Gothic and grotesque, probing the relationship between horror and comedy.

Thu 7 Dec, 9.30am. Früit, Hull Minster & Humber Street Area. £20 – £25, bursaries are available.

Does arts-led regeneration exist? What exactly are the creative industries? How do you fit in to the creative industries? Why do the arts matter?

Think about the impacts of Hull’s year as UK City of Culture in 2017. What will happen next? What does the future hold?

Substance Future Forum invites creative industries, businesses, organisations, artists, digital pioneers, social commentators, policy makers and change makers of the future to a day of active debate and discussion on the culture, creativity and future of the north.


Virtual reality is usually a solitary affair yet here you can share the immersive experience with others. Witness an explosion of colour after a real ball is thrown from a great height and hits the ground to create a huge virtual wave.

A Colossal Wave is co-commissioned by the British Council, Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles to celebrate the creative partnership between Hull and Montreal. With additional support from the GREAT Britain campaign, Canadian High Commission, Phi Centre and the BFI Vision Awards.

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Dates Times
Sat 9 Dec 2017

Events at this Venue

date event
Sun 19 Nov Imelda May
Tue 21 - Wed 22 Nov Greg Davies: You Magnificent Beast
Tue 21 - Wed 22 Nov Omid Djalili: Schmuck for a Night
Sat 25 Nov Hull Philharmonic Orchestra
Sat 25 Nov Revolution!
Sun 26 Nov The Elvis Years


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Map reference: TA 095287  Lat: 53.74379 Long: -0.34060

By Road:
To Princes Quay Coach and Car Park - Approach the city centre along A63 east bound. As you come off the elevated section into the city centre you will see a large roundabout/junction with traffic lights. Go straight ahead at the junction taking the first left into Myton Street (signposted Princes Quay), this street is one way. Keep to the right hand lane and turn right into Osborne Street. The road bears to the right and becomes Waterhouse Lane.

By Public Transport:
From the station turn right. At the next set of traffic lights at the junction with Carr Lane/Anlaby Road take the middle lane to go straight on, take the next left into Osbourne Street, the road bears to the right and becomes Waterhouse Lane. To access the Princes Quay car park, take the barrier entry point on the left.


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