10 things to do in the second season of Hull City of Culture 2017

Hull prepares to raise the roof when it becomes the UK City of Culture (photograph: Hull 2017)

Hull prepares to raise the roof when it becomes the UK City of Culture (photograph: Hull 2017) - Credit: Archant

The second season of Hull UK City of Culture entitled Roots & Routes, presents Hull as a gateway to the UK and Europe as well as a city connected to the global, digital world.

After an exciting jam-packed season one, the city of Hull is gearing up for season two of celebrations, running from April to June. The theme of season two is Roots and Routes, which will see Hull celebrating its diverse international influences, its links from Rotterdam to Reykjavik and explores the city’s unique place in a constantly changing world. Season two will also explore Hull’s pivotal roles as one of the world’s busiest ports and as a gateway to Europe.

The public response to the opening season was overwhelming, so you can be sure to expect another schedule packed full of music, art, theatre, dance and so many more cultural offerings in season two. We’ve put together a small round-up of just some of the amazing events that will be happening across the season.

March 11th to November 4th – Albemarle Saturdays

The Albemarle Centre is home to Hull’s music service, and throughout the seasons it will be opening its doors every Saturday to people who want to make music. Whether you’re a budding musician, professional or someone who just wants to get their hand on a microphone, these amazing workshops will allow you to unleash your musical creativity.

April 1st - Voices across The Humber

Six choirs from both banks of the Humber will come together for a stunning performance at Hull City Hall. The concert will include choral, orchestral and visually stimulating performances that celebrate the cities proud maritime history. Ticketed event, £1 to £5.

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April 1st to August 28th – Offshore: Artists explore the sea

The Ferens Art Gallery has just undergone an extensive renovation and it will be hosting an array of exhibitions in season two. Offshore is an exhibition that will explore sea-related themes including local fishing communities, Hull’s role as a maritime city, monster myths and so much more. The exhibition will also feature renowned international artists, scientists and filmmakers.

From April – Fountain17

Art and history will combine to mark the 100 year anniversary of Marcel Duchamp’s controversial Fountain and 200 years of British ceramic manufacturers. Led by Hull School of Art and Design, artists will produce work and pieces inspired by Duchamp’s most notorious ‘Readymades’, in this unique exhibition. Local schools, community and prisons groups and renowned poets and sculptors will all exhibit in this unique event.

April to July – Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary: Shortlist

This exciting group show will be exhibiting the work of seven artists who have been shortlisted for the ARMB award. The work of Anna Berry, Juan delGado, Ruth Le Gear, David Lock, Peter Matthews, Aiden Moesby and recipient Oliver MacDonald, will all be showcased in this diverse exhibition that shows the high standard of submissions to this notable art award.

April 8th to April 14th: National Student Drama Festival

The National Student Drama Festival is for young people who have a passion for theatre whether it be watching it, talking and writing about it or making it. The festival also boasts an impressive alumni of star studded actors including Ruth Wilson and Anthony Sher. This year’s festival will include 14 productions, 100 workshops, fascinating discussions and late night events and is the perfect opportunity for theatre loving 16-25 years olds to explore and try something new.

April 12th to May 6th – The Extraordinary Orchard Park Parade

The parade will make its way through the streets of the Orchard Park estate in a visually exciting event on May 6th. Throughout April, artists from Handmade Parade, Rag and Bone and Hull Carnival Arts will be embarking on a month long residency at St Michael’s Youth Centre where they will be inviting people to free creative workshops. Visitors will help create the moving creatures, characters, puppets and costumes that will feature in the procession and the workshops are open to all.

May 26th to June 4th– Back To Ours

Back To Ours is a series of festivals that are at the heart of Hull’s communities and returns this season after a successful debut run in February. The festival brings a series of award-winning shows to every corner of the city, including transformed schools, shopping centres and community centres, turning them into electrifying entertainment spots. This season will be the second instalment of the festival and you can expect a variety of entertainment from tales that bring tears to your eyes or musical moments to remember.

May 26th to 29th – Hullzapoppin

Hullzapoppin will be a city-wide celebration of World Lindy Hop Day taking part Hull City Hall and The Guildhall. The unique event will celebrate the famous music, magic and nostalgia of swing dance and will even feature jazz-inspired performances from guests from Hull’s sister cities of Aarhus, Rotterdam, Reykjavik and Szczecin. The event will also feature an exciting live big-band, dance classes for all levels of experience and professionals will also be taking to the stage to show of their incredible choreography.

June 3rd – Assemble Festival

For one day only, Assemble Fest will transform Hull’s Newland Avenue into the most unlikely of pop-up performance spaces. The avenue will come alive with flashmobs, interactive shows, music, art in a variety of different independent venues from hairdressers to delis. The festival will also feature works from Hull’s burgeoning theatre companies and lots of family-friendly activities.

For a full schedule for season two, to purchase tickets or find out more information visit www.hull2017.co.uk