Freedom has arrived…..

After a great opening day yesterday, this year’s Freedom Festival has well and truly arrived.

Now in its 12th year, Freedom Festival is an established fixture in Hull’s calendar.  It’s a festival born from Hull’s association with the abolitionist movement.  Through the media of street theatre, circus, dance, physical theatre, music, talks visual art, exhibitions, and debates, it focusses on themes of empowerment, activism and the potential of community.

This year, the celebrations have been extended beyond a weekend to become five days long.  The ‘Is it my fault’ exhibition yesterday and last night’s first performance of the ticketed show ‘Humans’ in the Festival Big Top started the programme off.  There are events across the city centre today, followed by an excitingly packed programme for each day of the weekend.

One of the Freedom Festival’s signature events is an outdoor parade through Hull on the Friday evening.  Tomorrow’s event will see French street artists, Generik Vapeur, light up the city centre with a whirl of fire, drumming, pyrotechnics.  Generik Vapeur have been lighting up streets across Europe for 30 years, but this is only the second ever performance of their show in the UK.

If you wish to follow the blue men and women and a cast of community participants, the route starts in Alfred Gelder Street at 8.45pm, and finishes in Albion Street – with a whole host of excitement inbetween.  The route and a full programme of events can be found on the Freedom Festival website.

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Mary Vickers moved to North East Lincolnshire in 2010, from the Wiltshire/Hampshire border, to become Urban and Industrial Chaplain NELincs. Made redundant in 2017, she's maintained many of her connections within the business, faith, and other local communities. She's also decided to stay here rather than return to either the south or her husband's native Yorkshire, so that she can continue to enjoy and help promote the positives of NELincs.

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