Hull City of Culture 2017



In 2013, the winner of UK City of Culture 2017 was awarded to Hull as it was praised for showing a "real understanding" of what the title was about after submitting a bid around the theme "a city coming out of the shadows".


The year of culture runs from 1st January to 31st December 2017, and has been divided into four very distinct seasons; (1) Made in Hull, (2) Roots and Routes, (3) Freedom & (4) Tell the World. This will celebrate the unique character of the city, its people, history and geography.





Explore our top picks for Hull city of culture.

With over 45 events taking place throughout the year we've selected our top picks.


SEASON ONE: MADE IN HULL:  January - March

Hull are challenging preconceptions to show people what Hull is really made of and the many incredible things they have made for the world. From art to industry, they have long inspired great people and great ideas.

The City Speaks
Date: 2nd February to 31st December 
Location: Hull's Tidal Surge Barrier
Type: Art
Perfect for: Young adults
Created by the artist Michael Pinsky, this 21st-century Speakers' Corner will see your words translated to text and relayed on the west tower of Hull's tidal surge barrier. A steel lectern will provide a platform where visitors can broadcast their thoughts and feelings as a microphone captures the words, and software transcribes them into a scrolling dot-matrix text on the Tidal Surge Barrier.


Poppies: Weeping Window
Date: 27th March  to 7th May 
Location: Maritime Museum
Type: Art
Perfect for: Families
The Weeping Window sculpture is touring the UK as part of the arts programme for the First World War Centenary. From the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red by concept by artist Paul Cummins and installation designed by Tom Piper, the Maritime Museum will be draped in thousand handmade ceramic poppies.



Explore Hull's unique place in a constantly changing world.

Musical Bridge
Date: 1st April to 31st December
Location: Humber Bridge
Type: Music
Perfect for: Families 
With a span of 2,220m, the Humber Bridge is the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world. It will be transformed into a musical extravaganza as the Opera North is going to turn this iconic structure into a living, breathing piece of music. Visitors will be able to listen to the results through headphones as they walk across the bridge. The installation will uncover the hidden sounds of the bridge and its surrounding natural environment of river and fens, pairing these with music will be atmospheric.


BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend
Date: 27th & 28th May
Location: Burton Constable
Type: Music
Perfect for: Young teens
The huge event attracts about 50,000 people over two days and is set to be one of the musical highlights of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 when it comes to Burton Constable in East Yorkshire. Confirmed artists to perform include; Kings of Leon, Little Mix and Grime artist Stormzy.


Marine Art: Nick Hunt
Date: 1st July to 31st August
Location: The Deep
Type: Art
Perfect for: Families  
The Deep will be hosting thought provoking marine artwork from underwater photographer Nick Hunt this summer as it showcases his passion for photography both above and below the water. After leaving a corporate career in 2008, Nick left the UK to explore the underwater, by travelling across many continents, visiting a number of places and diving in many oceans.   


SEASON THREE: FREEDOM: July - September 

Explore the pivotal role Hull played in the emancipation movement, as it helped to ignite the still unfinished global journey towards equality and social justice for all.  

The Turner Prize
Date: 26th September to 7th January
Location: Ferens art gallery
Type: Art
Perfect for: Families  
Hull will be the fifth city outside London to host the Turner Prize. The contemporary art award and corresponding exhibition will be staged at the city's Ferens art gallery. The gallery will get a £4.5m facelift to bring it up to the required standards. This is a fantastic opportunity to encounter some of the most vibrant visual art being made today.


2097: We made ourselves over
Date: 1st September to 31st December
Location: Citywide
Type: Theatre 
Perfect for: Young adults  
Phone boxes start to ring across the city. You answer the call and step into the future.
It's 2097, 80 years into the future and the city is on the cusp of a new century. You get to decide where to go next as Blast Theory invite you to re-imagine Hull. 
Acknowledged internationally, this production  has been making interactive artworks for over 25 years, bringing together the film, installation, gaming and technology.


SEASON FOUR: TELL THE WORLD: October - December  

Take a look at how Hull is redefining itself as a key city within the North; a place reborn, with the voice and confidence of a city on the up.

A Christmas Carol
Date: 2nd December to 6th January 
Location: Hull Truck Theatre
Type: Theatre 
Perfect for: Families    
The brand new adaptation of Dickens' classic Christmas ghost story, is a magical, festive treat for all the family. 
"A Christmas Carol remains as fresh and relevant today as it was in 1843. It's a heart-warming and hopeful tale about how generosity can triumph over inequality, and how everyone deserves a chance at redemption." Playwright Deborah McAndrew.


Book your stay with us

As you plan your visit to the Hull let us take care of the accommodation. Forest Pines Hotel & Golf Resort is the perfect place to relax, eat and drink after a busy day exploring the city of culture. We have plenty of offers for you to take advantage from if you're planning a weekend away or a short family break. 


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