Hull UK City of Culture 2017 Programme Unveiled

Hull UK City of Culture 2017 events programme is a 365 day programme of cultural events and creativity inspired by the city and told to the world.

Divided into four seasons, this national event hosted in Hull, draws on the distinctive spirit of the city and the artists, writers, directors, musicians, revolutionaries and thinkers that have made such a significant contribution to the development of art and ideas.

The first season, Made in Hull, will run from January to March. It will begin on 1 January with a spectacular opening event over seven days. Also called Made in Hull, it is curated by the Hull-born, award-winning documentary filmmaker Sean McAllister, renowned for thought-provoking work, including the BAFTA nominated 'A Syrian Love Story'.

Staged across the city centre, Made in Hull will feature large-scale projections and illumination onto buildings and the historic skyline, moving images and live performance, to tell the story of the last 70 years of the city’s life. The first night will culminate in a stunning fireworks display over the Humber, accompanied by a specially created audio-visual soundtrack. Made in Hull will be just a taste of what is to come. In the first season and throughout the year Hull 2017 will showcase local talent and the vibrant cultural life of the city and the ideas and creativity across the North. It will also see leading cultural organisations from across the UK joining the city in creative partnerships, including the Arts Council Collection, the Art Fund, BBC, BFI, British Council, the British Museum, Brighton Festival, Hallé Orchestra, LIFT, London Sinfonietta, National Gallery, National Galleries of Scotland, National Portrait Gallery, Opera North, PRS, Royal Institute of British Architects, Royal Collection, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Shakespeare Company, Serious, Southbank Centre and Tate.

Martin Green, CEO and Director, Hull 2017, said: “Hull has always had a unique cultural voice and in 2017 it will roar. The spirit, the stories and the talent of this city have inspired this national year of celebration. From its artists to its residents through to the city's incredible heritage, Hull will share with the rest of the world what people from here have known all along – this city has contributed significantly to ideas that have changed and enriched the world. "Today is mainly about the first season, Made in Hull, but there is more to come in the following three. Hull 2017 draws on this city's distinctiveness and the ambition and dynamism of the North, whilst offering an opportunity to reflect on the nation as a whole. Next year will show the power that art has to bring people together, to surprise and delight, to educate and provoke debate - to transform lives. Hull invites the world: everyone back to ours 2017.

"Each of Hull UK City of Culture's four seasons has a particular theme connected to the city and its place in the world: Made in Hull (January – March); Roots & Routes (April – June); Freedom (July – September); and Tell the World (October – December).

As host to a major national event, Hull is welcoming the world. It is also working with local artists and supporting key events and festivals that already take place in Hull. There is an extensive programme of community engagement, including specially commissioned cultural events in every neighbourhood across the city and up to 4,000 volunteers will take to the streets to welcome neighbours and visitors.

As part of a legacy programme, over 60,000 children and young people across the city will have the opportunity to be involved in Hull UK City of Culture. This includes working with artists in schools and as part of community residencies.

Yorkshire Water are proud to be a principal partner of Hull 2017, for more information on our partnership, visit our Hull 2017 page.