Hull’s Freedom Festival line-up unveiled

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Published: Wednesday 22nd April 2015 by KCFM

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The first acts have been announced for this year’s Freedom Festival.

For the eighth year of the festival, there’ll be a headline set from Public Service Broadcasting, new work from sound artist Scanner, and a reworking of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells at Holy Trinity Church.

The three day festival will begin with a mass choral performance on the Scale Lane bridge, which will explore the relationship between the River Hull and the people of the city.

Liz Pugh, co-founder of Festival Directors Walk the Plank says:

“The theme for this year draws attention to connections between the human voice and the message of freedom.

“From new commissions curated by Scanner, to the idea of making a big noise about the city and its artists and of amplifying the best of what’s in Hull all year round, the programme has been inspired by the theme throughout, with many additional elements to be announced in the coming weeks and months.

“The idea of broadcasting as the opposite of narrowcasting is key – today, sophisticated technology often filters what we can and can’t see. This festival offers such a breadth of programme that you’re guaranteed to be taken by surprise by a new band, delighted by an amazing street show, or enthralled by a pop-up performance you just happen across.

“Last year’s audience increase of 40% underlined the importance and appeal of such diversity, and of events that engage people as participants as well as spectators.”

Freedom Festival Trust Board Chair Graham Chesters says that audience participation and the empowering of Hull residents to tell their own stories would be key elements of this year’s festival:

“As well as more artist information, we will soon be outlining details of community programmes that give a new platform to local people. We were thrilled with the response to last year’s festival and are constantly looking for fresh ways to reach and engage people in the city and further afield. We have a very exciting summer ahead.”

Councillor Terry Geraghty, Portfolio holder for Leisure & Culture, Hull City Council says:

“This first indication of the Freedom programme will certainly whet appetites and get the city geared up for another brilliant festival this summer. We’re pleased to be offering our support again and look forward to further plans being revealed.”

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Published: Wednesday 22nd April 2015 by KCFM

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