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Freedom Festival 2014

 
 
Freedom Festival 2014

As Freedom Festival draws closer new festival directors Walk the Plank, the team have devised this year’s Freedom Festival programme working with local contributors and the weekend is set to be packed with amazing events.

Make sure you keep up to date with headline announcements by visiting:

www.freedomfestival.co.uk

 
 
 
 
 
All Weekend Events
The Long Walk to Freedom

The Long Walk to Freedom

Fri 05 Sep 2014 - Sat 06 Sep 2014

The festival’s opening night will feature the unveiling of ‘The Long Walk to Freedom’ – a specially-commissioned exhibition of new artworks within Hull’s Old Town, inspired by Nelson Mandela and his contribution to the causes of freedom and reconciliation.

Ballad of the Burning Star

Ballad of the Burning Star

Fri 05 Sep 2014 - Sat 06 Sep 2014

A chance for you to experience how theatre can explore identity, religion and politics. Ballad of the Burning Star is surprising audiences all over the country and now it's coming to the Freedom Festival.
 
 

Acrojou's The Wheel House

Acrojou's The Wheel House

Fri 05 Sep 2014 - Sun 07 Sep 2014

A performance which unfolds inside and around a stunning rolling house. A combination of theatrical acrobatics, comedy and breathtaking moments of risk - not to be missed.
 
 

 
Chutney in the Street

Chutney in the Street

Sat 06 Sep 2014 - Sun 07 Sep 2014

A love story performed in a 30-minute street performance, with songs inspired by music of the Indo-Caribbean communities of Trinidad, Guyana and Suriname. Chutney has a strong participation element – the story’s main character tries to win the love of a princess by dancing and teaching the villagers (the audience) to dance!

C-12 Dance Theatre's Trolleys

C-12 Dance Theatre's Trolleys

Sat 06 Sep 2014 - Sun 07 Sep 2014

You'll never go shopping in the same way again. A chance to experience something brand new that brings together ballet, street dance and, of course, TROLLEYS
 
 
 

Urban Playground - The Inner City

Urban Playground - The Inner City

Sat 06 Sep 2014 - Sun 07 Sep 2014

Award-winning ensemble Urban Playground combine Parkour with urban and contemporary dance, creating a unique language known as ‘Performance Parkour’. Described by the BBC as “extreme sport and cutting edge theatre… free-running as you’ve never seen it before”, they’ll bring their latest show The Inner City to Freedom Festival.

 
Bread and Butter Theatre Company

Bread and Butter Theatre Company

Fri 05 Sep 2014 - Sat 06 Sep 2014

Bread and Butter Theatre Company started sixteen years ago as a one–man, one pair of underpants outfit and has over the years grown into the innovative company that performs funny, organic and accessible street theatre all over the world.
 

Digital Funfair

Digital Funfair

Fri 05 Sep 2014 - Sun 07 Sep 2014

Alternative Arcade For A Festival Crowd - The Digital Funfair makes you happier which in turn makes you more attractive and live longer.
 
 
 

Amnesty@50 - Poster Exhibition

Amnesty@50 - Poster Exhibition

Fri 05 Sep 2014 - Sat 06 Sep 2014

Hull Amnesty present Amnesty International at 50 Poster Exhibition, showing you the power of the posterthroughout Amnesty's 50 year history. Expect posters featuring artists from all over the world and all over the twentieth century, from Picasso to Miro to Genoves.

 
A Flower For Mandela

A Flower For Mandela

Fri 05 Sep 2014 - Sun 07 Sep 2014

Make a Flower for Mandela in bone china clay and leave it with Adele & Sarah for planting into a unique installation along the long walk to freedom. Where will you find your flower?

Humber Street By Day

Humber Street By Day

Sat 06 Sep 2014 - Sun 07 Sep 2014

Tonnes of daytime family activity on Humber Street throughout the festival weekend, from workshops to DJs to Open Mic.
 

Humber Street by Night

Humber Street by Night

Sat 06 Sep 2014 - Sun 07 Sep 2014

Throughout the weekend, Humber Street comes alive at night with live local bands at the Fruit Trade Stage, art at the KAG Gallery, and Sunday's End of Freedom Party.

 
Art at Museum of Club Culture

Art at Museum of Club Culture

Fri 05 Sep 2014 - Sun 07 Sep 2014

Two brand new exhibitions at the world's only Museum of Club Culture.

The Sheds

The Sheds

Fri 05 Sep 2014 - Sun 07 Sep 2014

One of Freedom Festival's fringe events, hosted throughout the weekend in Secret Sheds around the city.

Night Markets

Night Markets

Fri 05 Sep 2014 - Sat 06 Sep 2014

Dozens of arts and crafts, vintage fashion and furniture, and local produce suppliers come to Hull's Old Town for a spot of twilit shopping.

 
Duveen Gallery and Caleb's Place

Duveen Gallery and Caleb's Place

Fri 05 Sep 2014 - Sun 07 Sep 2014

Art, Antiques and a Vintage Market at Hull's Duveen Gallery and Caleb's Place, a museum of Hull.
 
 

Headphones

Headphones

Sat 06 Sep 2014 - Sat 08 Nov 2014

Headphones is a fun show for anyone to enjoy in the centre of the city. This comic solo allows you to direct the performer at times, meaning no two shows will be the same!

NoFit State Circus

NoFit State Circus

Sat 06 Sep 2014 - Sun 07 Sep 2014

This is your chance to run away with the circus...
 
 
 

 
World Music Stage

World Music Stage

Sat 06 Sep 2014 - Sun 07 Sep 2014

One of Freedom Festival's fringe events, hosting acts throughout the weekend in the atrium of one of Hull's biggest and busiest shopping centres - Princes Quay.

Abstract Orchestra

Abstract Orchestra

Sat 06 Sep 2014

Live hip-hop with a big band punch!

 
 

Enjoy the Experience!

Enjoy the Experience!

Sat 06 Sep 2014 - Sun 07 Sep 2014

A place for Special Guests and Music Lovers to gather, chat and and enjoy the ambience of the festival.

 
Friday Events
Friday Night on the Bridge Stage

Friday Night on the Bridge Stage

Fri 05 Sep 2014

Launching our new Bridge Stage with a solid Friday line up including, Streaming Lights, Chiedu Oraka, Tayla, Paris XY and closing with Hulls own EndOfLevelBaddi.

 

Friday Dance Stage Line Up

Friday Dance Stage Line Up

Fri 05 Sep 2014

Featuring Space Dance Studio, Non Applicables, Danza and 2Blondes Dance Company the first acts in our dance programme will take to the stage from Friday at 6pm.
 

Friday at the Yellow Bus Stage

Friday at the Yellow Bus Stage

Fri 05 Sep 2014

Featuring Rhythm Pixies, Hannabiell & Midnight Blue, MC Sam Parry, an appearance from Spark Drummers and the Riot Jazz Brass Band fresh from their Glastonbury gig.
 

 
Sam Harland meets Alfie Moon

Sam Harland meets Alfie Moon

Fri 05 Sep 2014

Lincolnshire ex-copper Alfie Moore joins Hull-born comedian and ex-criminal Sam Harland in this comedic double header from both sides of the law.

YO YO

YO YO

Fri 05 Sep 2014

Hull's famous Indie Rock 'n' Roll Disco makes an appearance at Fruit Space for Freedom Festival.
 

 
Saturday Events
Halo by Flame Oz

Halo by Flame Oz

Sat 06 Sep 2014

Performed by four virtuoso circus artists, Halo is an explosive visual display featuring super-bright LED hula hoops, juggling clubs and the use of unique technology to create words, patterns and images that light up darkened spaces in a kaleidoscope of glow in the dark colour.
 

Spellbound

Spellbound

Sat 06 Sep 2014

Inspired by one of the great ancient epics of India, this tale of love, jealousy, betrayal and daring is told through shadow play, traditional Indian dance, music and spectacular special effects, incorporating a magical procession of dancers and drummers and a stunning sea of lanterns made by the local community.

Roland Gift

Roland Gift

Sat 06 Sep 2014

Hull's pop legend returns to his hometown and is bringing along his silky vocals to entertain us all!
 
 
 
 
 

 
The Incredible Book Eating Boy

The Incredible Book Eating Boy

Sat 06 Sep 2014

Maybe the smallest theatre experience ever, but it may also be the most special.
 
 
 
 

Ruby Turner

Ruby Turner

Sat 06 Sep 2014

Ruby Turner is one of the UK’s finest soul, R&B and Gospel singers. Like Roland Gift, Ruby is also a star of Jools Holland’s R&B Orchestra and is set to light up Freedom Festival’s Yellow Bus Stage on the Saturday night.
 

Keelan Phillips - BMX Flatland

Keelan Phillips - BMX Flatland

Sat 06 Sep 2014

BMX star Keelan Phillips uses his jaw-dropping levels of skill on a bike to create a whole new language of movement. Merging the worlds of sport and art, Keelan’s stunning ‘BMX Ballet’ was a YouTube hit and he has invented more than ten of his own moves on the bike.

 
Jellish

Jellish

Sat 06 Sep 2014

Giant illuminated jellyfish transform night streets into a magical world.
 

The Dragon Who Hates Poetry

The Dragon Who Hates Poetry

Sat 06 Sep 2014

Award-winning performance poet Dominic Berry tells the tale of The Dragon Who Hates Poetry in the Tell Tales Tent.

Sun Birds

Sun Birds

Sat 06 Sep 2014

Spectacular flying bird puppets which catch the wind and soar.
 

 
Saturday on the Bridge Stage

Saturday on the Bridge Stage

Sat 06 Sep 2014

12 hours of music culminating in Mother, Counting Coins, Life and Kate Tempest.

Saturday at the Yellow Bus Stage

Saturday at the Yellow Bus Stage

Sat 06 Sep 2014

Roland Gift, Ruby Turner and Abstract Orchestra headline the Saturday at the Yellow Bus Stage

Saturday on the Dance Stage

Saturday on the Dance Stage

Sat 06 Sep 2014

A jam-packed Saturday programme of performances, in association with Hull Dance

 
Keb Darge

Keb Darge

Sat 06 Sep 2014

The legendary Scottish DJ brings his second-to-none collection of 1940s-70s Northern Soul and Funk to Hull.
 
 

Saturday at the Tell Tales Tent

Saturday at the Tell Tales Tent

Sat 06 Sep 2014

A host of storytellers weave their tales as part of the Story Telling series - a magical event for young and old alike.
 
 

Saturday Workshops

Saturday Workshops

Sat 06 Sep 2014

Your chance to learn the ropes with the likes of BMX Champion Keelan Phillips, NoFit State Circus, Parkour team The Urban Playground and Acrojou's German Wheel Acrobatics. Most workshops are free and hosted throughout the weekend.

 
Non Applicables

Non Applicables

Sat 06 Sep 2014

Female dance duo Non Applicables poke fun at contemporary culture with their latest piece 'What's Love Got To Do With It?'

Dockside Social

Dockside Social

Sat 06 Sep 2014

Wind down (or liven up) your Saturday at the Dockside Social at the Fruit Space.
 

Freedom Debates

Freedom Debates

Sat 06 Sep 2014

The Freedom Debate series at WISE.
 
 

 
Sunday Events
A World of Colour

A World of Colour

Sun 07 Sep 2014

A rainbow-themed daytime procession that will transform city streets into a riot of colour, featuring hundreds of Hull residents and locally-made carnival floats to ensure the three-day event finishes with a bang!
 

Naturally 7

Naturally 7

Sun 07 Sep 2014

A mind-blowing and joyful experience, all created through the power of the human voice.
 
 
 
 

Delinus-03

Delinus-03

Sun 07 Sep 2014

Freedom Festival’s reputation for surprising visitors at every turn with quirky pop-up street theatre is set to be strengthened with the likes of Delinus-03, the smallest Taxi-Van in the world, direct from The Netherlands. Every seat of the Dutch Delinus must be filled before setting off for a magical mystery tour!

 
Arun Ghosh

Arun Ghosh

Sun 07 Sep 2014

A chance for you to experience Arun Ghosh's 'extraordinary charisma' and how he is able to blend jazz with hip-hop, Indian classical and folk, western classical, rock, pop and avant-garde.

Grand Theatre of Lemmings

Grand Theatre of Lemmings

Sun 07 Sep 2014

Smallest Theatre in the World
 
 
 

Attila the Stockbroker

Attila the Stockbroker

Sun 07 Sep 2014

Energetic, inspiring, angry, loud, passionate punk poet and songwriter.
 
 

 
Ready Steady Colour

Ready Steady Colour

Sun 07 Sep 2014

ReadySteadyColour is an interactive theatre experience that encourages audiences to colour-in together. Set in a make-believe restaurant the audience are served all manner of drawn foods.
 
 
 

Sunday Line up on the Bridge Stage

Sunday Line up on the Bridge Stage

Sun 07 Sep 2014

Sunday at the Bridge Stage brings a slightly more relaxed vibe after the super-charged energy of Friday and Saturday, but the party’s definitely not over yet! Enjoy the sweet sounds of Emily Moulton before Smiler and King No One get the crowd revved up, with Hillbilly Troupe rounding off the first year of the Bridge Stage. Don’t miss it!

Sunday at the Yellow Bus Stage

Sunday at the Yellow Bus Stage

Sun 07 Sep 2014

Headlined by Naturally 7, the Yellow Bus Stage promises a great festival finale.
 
 
 
 
 

 
Sunday on the Dance Stage

Sunday on the Dance Stage

Sun 07 Sep 2014

From Rumba Salsa to Kingston Swing, Sunday's Dance Stage is guaranteed to have your feet tapping.
 

Fish/Girl - What The Little Mermaid Found Out About The World

Fish/Girl - What The Little Mermaid Found Out About The World

Sun 07 Sep 2014

Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid - with a heavy dose of Glam Rock.

Sunday at the Tell Tales Tent

Sunday at the Tell Tales Tent

Sun 07 Sep 2014

A host of storytellers weave their tales as part of the Story Telling series - a magical event for young and old alike.

 
Sunday Workshops

Sunday Workshops

Sun 07 Sep 2014

Your chance to learn the ropes with the likes of Parkour team The Urban Playground, storyteller Dominic Berry, Oresome Gallery and Acrojou's German Wheel Acrobatics.

Hillbilly Troupe

Hillbilly Troupe

Sun 07 Sep 2014

A good time musical experience and history lesson all in one, singing songs about God, struggle and bandits.