Freedom comes to Hull!
8 September 2010
Hull is preparing for one of the biggest events in its
calendar- the annual live music, dance and arts festival,
Freedom is Hull’s annual live music and arts festival and a
lasting legacy of the Wilberforce 2007 campaign which celebrated
the pioneering work of Hull-born William Wilberforce MP and the
bicentenary of the abolition of slavery.
The festival which takes place on 10 and 11
September is expected to attract 100,000 people to the city for a
celebration of live acts, from rock bands to aerial ballet
scheduled to perform.
Capturing the event will be a team from the
University of Hull, who have been commissioned to create a video to
help promote the festival and the local region.
A group of five students and graduates from
courses including Drama, Creative Writing, English and Music are
the official Freedom film makers and will be busy working
throughout the festival capturing the atmosphere.
Their film will be utilised as corporate
tool and be posted on festival owners’ websites to help promote
Hull and East Yorkshire as a visitor destination.
Professor John Leach, Pro-Vice-Chancellor
for Engagement, said: “The University is proud to be supporting
Hull’s festival, Freedom. Not only will our students gain excellent
hands-on experience working on a high-profile event, but the whole
city- including the University- will be part of what promises to be
a very special occasion.”
And the University is also proud to have
another link to the festival. Graduate Jimmy Smith is guitarist
with acclaimed rock band Foals, the weekend’s headline act.
Jimmy completed a degree in Geography at Hull
before Foals became a huge success. Their debut album
Antidotes, released in 2008, reached number 3 in the
British album charts and the band toured extensively, including
Jimmy’s return to his alma mater with a gig at Hull University
Now with a new Mercury Prize-nominated album,
Total Life Forever, they will bring Freedom to a close on
Saturday, 11 September.
As well as Foals, the festival promises a
mouth-watering line-up also including pop acts The Saturdays and
Alesha Dixon, as well as local bands and family entertainment
featuring the Monster Madness parade of giant puppets through the
streets of Hull, and a firework display.
Visit the Freedom website for
a full line-up of acts and activities.
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Notes to Editors
Freedom is funded by Hull City Council, Visit
Hull and East Yorkshire, Welcome to Yorkshire, the National Lottery
through Arts Council England and the private sector through the
Business Friend of Freedom scheme.The Business Friends of Freedom
are KC, The Insurance Partnership, Paneltex and Force-7.
Freedom is Hull’s annual live music and arts
festival and a lasting legacy of the Wilberforce 2007 campaign
which celebrated the pioneering work of Hull-born William
Wilberforce MP and the bicentenary of the abolition of slavery.
Freedom 2010 will build on the success of
2009’s extraordinary event, confirming its position as the city’s
flagship annual event in the city.