Hull’s long-running Arts Festival will return to the City on 30th August – 3rd September with a 5 day festival like no other. The Freedom Festival, of which University of Hull is a partner, has flooded the city with thought-provoking and entertaining arts and culture for 16 years. Founded in Hull, it is named after the city’s association with the abolition of the slave trade as well as other activism on important issues in today’s world. The festival has been known for bringing the best cultural offerings locally, nationally and internationally through all sizes of performances and exhibitions, from spectacular large-scale to reflective and intimate.

This year’s Freedom Festival has an exciting and varied programme taking place from 30th August and culminating in a big finale weekend, all taking place in Hull’s City Centre. Alongside the brilliant weekend visitors have come to expect, the programme includes some incredible indoor shows, exhibitions and installations many of which will be open for the full five days of the festival and more.

A regular part of the programme of events are the Freedom Talks which take place in varied location across the City. This year the running theme for the talks focuses on creative practice and its potential to impact and raise awareness of issues impacting social justice, climate adaptation and looking closely at modern-day concepts of Freedom from a creative perspective.

Session 1 on 30th August will feature the University’s Energy and Environment Institute, Aura and a collection of creative projects working with the University to engage the community on Climate issues, such as Living with Water, Turning The Tide, YACC and Risky Cities. Representatives from these projects will be highlighting impact results and engagement practises and discussing how they have been able to engage a varied audiences by inspiring conversations and challenging perceptions by creatively shining a spotlight on important societal issues.

For more information and a full programme of talks visit Freedom Talks website