Freedom comes to Hull!
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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
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
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 Union.
Now with a new Mercury Prize-nominated album, Total Life
Forever, they will bring Freedom to a close on Saturday, 11
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
Visit the Freedom website for
a full line-up of acts and activities.