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UK City of Culture reveals its plans for 2017

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East Yorkshire's (probably) most underrated city, Hull, secured the title of UK City of Culture 2017 back in November 2013.

The Theatre and Performance Programme has now been revealed, and the city will host a national 365-day cultural celebration next year.

Beginning on January 1st, the first season will be entitled ‘Made in Hull’. Sean McAllister, a Hull-born filmmaker, is the curator. It tells the story of the cities last seven years and is staged across the entire city by use of illumination, projections, fireworks and a specially-created soundtrack.

The season aims to showcase local talent as well as the cultural life of the city. Over the season you can see The Hypocrite, written by Richard Bean - a comedy set in Hull in 1642 inspired by the life of Sir John Hotham, who was involved in the start of the English Civil War.

Mighty Atoms by Amanda Whittington is set to be another highlight. It was inspired by champion boxer Barbara Buttrick.

Along with the seasons, the event will also host themed weekends - the first of which will focus on Women of the World. The weekend-long events will consist of talks, debates, comedy and live music as well as feminist activism. Women of the World is part of a global movement which has over 33 festivals. It was founded by Jude Kelly and is considered to be a safe place for both men and women to discuss and inspire change.

Another festival being held is LGBT 50; this will go alongside Hull’s annual Pride festival and it is intended to celebrate the city’s contribution to liberation and tolerance surrounding the LGBT community.

Hull has ensured there is an opportunity for everyone in the community to be involved. Over 4,000 volunteers will be there to welcome visitors, and over 60,000 children and young people will have the opportunity to be involved.

There really is going to be something for everyone in Hull next year, from ballet to comedy and poetry, to newly commissioned theatre.

More information on the plans for the year can be found here: www.hull2017.co.uk




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