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Hull city of Culture 2017

Hull City of Culture 2017

Hull is enjoying a cultural and spiritual rebirth this year and is revelling in being the centre of attention for all the right reasons. Gone are the doubters who didn't believe the people of Hull could rise to the challenge and present such a diverse programme offering something for absolutely everyone.

The year has been split into four quarters, each with a different theme. The opening Spring season is called 'Made in Hull'. It started with a bang ! The grandest firework display ever witnessed in the city, kicked off at 20.17pm on New Year's Day, and was enjoyed by thousands. Thoughtfully, whilst emphasising 2017 with it's timing, this also allowed the young children of Hull to be part of the festivities.

What's followed has been inspirational. The story of the people of Hull blazed across important buildings and recounted through images, music, lights and poetry pulled crowds onto Hull's streets in the cold January nights. The surprise installation of the huge wind-turbine blade in city centre Victoria Square proved to be phenomenally popular with (mostly) everyone and what little controversy it caused kept Hull in the headlines. The London Philharmonic Orchestra's visit playing John William's music from the movies was simply wonderful.

'The Hypocrite', a newly commisioned and highly acclaimed play for the RSC, written by Hull born Richard Bean finishes it's opening season soon and then transfers to Stratford upon Avon. It's been a 'must see' production.

This is just a snapshot of some of the events that have enriched and enlivened the lives of Hull people and those of the East Riding of Yorkshire. We feel as if we have been 'put on the map' and are finally being noticed. There is a real buzz in the air, an optimism that looks set to continue all year and far beyond. It's fantastic.

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