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Scotland. At ten o'clock, the full round-up of the day's news. But


first, we are going behind the scene We're here on the stage which is the


first day. We are going to try and get around as much as possible and


we have this. Hull has seen its first ever children's literature


Festival inspiring the next generation of writers. When you grow


up you are still a child inside. The stories that I write by the stories


I made up for myself when I was eight. UK Pride comes to the City of


Culture. I am so proud now that things are, on in leaps and bounds


for everyone. And winning comedy and cheery city to the museums. From two


feet away, however the pistol ball did not strike him and instead


struck a hedgehog. It is the cultural quarter of the


city. And this happens. There are more than 200 bands here today. 200


bands playing across 14 stages with 13,000 people descending here. You


can clearly excitement and the vibe. One of the land here today is the


happy endings. A couple of months ago they were playing at


Glastonbury, but tonight they are here. It was like I had made it.


Only a few months ago, you were at Glastonbury, how does this compare?


That is a different animal. I had as much fun playing earlier as I did at


Glastonbury. Do you think City of Culture has made a difference? A lot


of people are looking to see what all the fuss is about and I think it


is nice. I have sensed a lift. When you went to Glastonbury do people


know where you were from? Only because I announced at! Tell the


world. To write! Beautiful harmonies. We cannot stay here all


day, we need to go. It is brilliant that it is all local


talent. It advertises Hull as the City of Culture. This year,


particularly, it is special because we are the City of Culture. It is


fantastic, great family day out for us all. The atmosphere is really


good. I have been involved with the local community. It is the really


amazing atmosphere. Really good. For the younger generation, this is


vital for the growth of the music scene. For them, setting their


sights, you can play these big stages.


My first ever gig was here a few years ago and it is brilliant


because new people come to watch you, your friends come, it is such a


brilliant event. It will really help Hull.


# What are you thinking? We are sitting on an amazing wealth


of talent in this region and I think it is about time that the rest of


the country was aware of it. The crowds just keep coming and a man


who could draw a big crowd like this is Bill Bailey and he has gone and


created his own museum. We had a chat with him. There is the basic


cockney intro. There is no doubt that Bill Bailey is a man of many


talents. He started out in stand-up but has acted in television series


from Black books and spaced to Doctor Who and hustle and he is a


perennial favourite on TV panel shows. They pointed at me and they


said, you are Bill Bailey Anju? And then they went, nice try! Able to


play pretty much every instrument and with perfect pitch, he has


successfully combined his musical talents with comedy. But he has


other passions as well. Bird watching is one of them. And now he


has taken to museum curating as well. At the Maritime Museum in Hull


he has assembled a Cabinet of curiosities, fascinating objects


accompanied by their true descriptions and concocted, the ones


as well. Like this. Or are the baboon buttocks? He has roped in the


children of Hull as well to make up some cracking tales. Morgan, age 11,


the cursor dog. It was found in the year a dark wizard cast a spell on


him and turned him into wood. If you touch this dog for more than five


minutes you will also get turned into would just like other people.


These people are found in the Cabinet calls I have made a terrible


mistake. Isn't that wonderful? It is amazing. How did you decide but you


are going to pick out? I imagine there was a lot to choose from.


There was a huge array of fantastic artefacts. I also wanted to have a


balance of the really order, the really curious, the strange. Also


for it to have a link to the city as well. The ripping that were specific


to Hull. Did you pick them because you could make up a fantastic story


or was it that you saw something and you were genuinely interested in it?


A bit of both. Some of them are genuinely interesting. They are


beautiful architects. Like the Scrimshaw. It is so strange and


beautiful. There is a pistol that looks a bit like a caution. That


triggers an idea or a story or a scenario and I started to embellish


it. A famous duel at the time said of the pistol, I shot Thomas from


two feet away, but the pistol ball did not strike and instead flew up


on the ground striking a hedgehog which when examined was found to be


mildly stunned. I then wished to club him but he had become perturbed


and run away. This whole exhibition has inspired me to write a book


about extraordinary tales that could be true, they might not be true, but


they are embellished and I think that is something that probably I


will do more of, is storytelling. For the visitors, this museum has a


sneak peek to that. Do you think you're the first comedian to have


curated a museum exhibition? I don't know. I am going to say yes. It


certainly does seem like new ground. In the spirit of this exhibition,


yes, I, Bill Bailey, and the first comedian to curated an exhibition of


this kind, anywhere in the world. Bill Bailey seemed like such a sound


guy. He was as funny as he is on television. Can you hear me? This is


the loudest silent disco I have been at. What? I cant help it. This is a


place where big kids and small, not unlike the Malarkey Festival where I


found out it was not just about books. This is the big Malarkey,


Hull Buzz 's first-ever literature Festival for children. And if you


thought a children's literature Festival was all about books, think


again. From theatre to hip-hop and arts and crafts, this week-long


event has something for everyone. Turning the East Park of Hull into a


cultural paradise. # Just look, it's true.


# I just feel blue. There has been a huge programme of activity and


storytelling including a packed house for Julian Clary talking about


his children book. I caught up with Julian after he met the children of


Hull. What happens when you grow up, you're still a child in. -- inside.


It was easy for me to revert back to being a child and the stories that I


write about and the stories I make up for myself, when I was about


eight years old and to my surprise, it was already there. They all live


at number 41 Fairfield Rd and there are next door neighbour is Mr Nigel


might not be here is Mr Nigel MacNab the years the grizzly bear. I would


like to challenge myself that I am not sure that I can do or not. Later


this year, I am doing a quite serious play and I have no idea if I


can remember the line or manage to act and it was similar with children


stories. Otherwise, you're just doing the same thing, which is fine,


but I need the challenge. Events that promote literature for children


are especially important in places like Hull which is below the


national average for a reading at Key stage two level. The children I


met at the festival were certainly no strangers to a good book. I like


reading books with my mum. I like books because it reminds me of the


movies. When I am reading, it makes me feel happy. I like snuggling into


bed with lots of books. I like tractor books. Any big books. Eddie


books about this slide. I like to get stuck in with the culture. The


organisers of the festival roped me into a rendition of one of my


favourite children's books. The tail bone is connected to the... The


third bone is connected to the... Leg bone. The leg bone is connected


to the hip bone. The hip bone is connected to the backbone. Well


done, thank you guys. There is still much more to come from here at the


Humber Street Sesh. And we are going to see how Hull celebrated 50 years


of gay rights. We are going behind-the-scenes of the dramatic


theatre show but in the meantime, let's look at what has happened and


what is to come. For the first time since 1930, the BBC Proms travelled


out of London to before a special outdoor concert right here in Hull.


As part of the LGBT 50 season, ground-breaking photography project


explores what life was like for the LGBT community in the Twin city of


Hull in Sierra Leone where homosexuality is still illegal.


Electric fence is a provocative installation examining the everyday


experience of people facing hate crimes. There was a hate preacher in


America who said that all gays and lesbians should be locked in an


electric fence and occasionally throw in some food and water and


they would die out because they could not breed. It is a nasty hate


crime. Philip Larkin spent 30 years as the librarian at the university


of Hull where a new exhibition reveals his private life like never


before. It celebrates in all its forms with three floors of


interactive exhibits including an excitable purple robe at. I am a


loose card. These aerial acrobats took inspiration from European


comics for a breathtaking outdoor spectacle, on display for free in


the West Park of Hull. In Edinburgh, Hull 2017 supported theatre Company


is going to the fringe Festival and send volunteers to spread the word


about the City of Culture. We are representing Hull. September is set


to be a huge month culture wise, for a start, it is the tenth anniversary


of the freedom festival which includes over 200 free events,


exploring themes of freedom. One day maybe is part live performers and


art installation using cutting-edge technology to transport audiences


into a dystopian future. And after a ?60 million refurbishment, the new


Theatre in Hull is preparing to reopen, playing host to world-class


touring productions, new commissions and a one-off performance from the


Royal Ballet. You can come to a festival and not get some glitter on


and I think you should have it in your beard as well. I will just


stick with this. At the first UK national pride there was a lot of


glitter and I had serious glitter envy. But with an amazing day


marking 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality


in the UK and it was fantastic. It was a great day, it was such a


family orientated event, it was a great way for the city to turn out


and celebrate such a monumental occasion. And we had an amazing


guide, the longest standing drag artist from Hull. I am Bobby mangel


and welcome to Hull Pride 2017. Busta bus, that is us. How many do


you think are in the parade? About 2300 people, which is incredible. I


suggested that we have the first UK Pride, because of the City of


Culture. It is incredible. We are in the middle of all the queer icons,


50 years, 50 queries, they are unbelievable. That is beautiful.


Took a few years off. You have got to be different, you know you will


get laughed at, you know people will have a dig at you, from a social


point of view, there was not much of a problem. I worked in the financial


services industry and within six months, nobody would book me or


higher me. I came out as a 19-year-old gay man and I have been


beaten up, had my nose broken, I have been spat on, it was not nice.


No. Sorry. I am 78. It was mad. You go to 21, it get married, buy a


house, have kids. I was 21 when I got married. We got divorced. It not


easy at all. Especially as she could not talk to anyone about it. You can


actually get arrested for it. They used to raid houses. Where did you


come out? Not until I was 31. We have been together now for 34 years


and we are very happy. 45 years I have been slapping her son. I was


married at 17, divorced just after 19 and I have two boys in that time.


It is a wonderful Bobby! # I am what I am. Opening UK Pride


was such an honour. The crowd is going crazy for you. I do so many


festivals up and down the country but to be asked to come today to


Hull is fantastic. It is amazing. An amazing day. 50 years, and I know,


these years have passed for the better. I am so proud now that


things have come on in leaps and bounds, for everyone, whether you're


a transgender or whatever, gay, straight, we can all come together.


# Hanni, I'll come get my things, but I can't let go.


# I'm waiting for it, that feeling, I wanted. We have come down out to


the urban stage, but a couple of weeks ago, the Proms were taking


place here. Now there is hip-hop and break dancing. Where else could that


happen? Only in the UK City of Culture. We are right down on the


river and a little bit further downstream, and incredible


theatrical production has been taking place. It was called Flood


and they filmed it on the water using pyrotechnics and light sounds


and it was fantastic. We went behind-the-scenes as they made it


for BBC Two. The rains have been getting worse day by day. Something


terrible is happening. There are ways, she wanted to save them.


Please, help us. Is that how far faith can carry us? It is a story


about a catastrophic flood, imagining a future where water in


Colts Europe, thousands stranded or become refugees and the last city is


an island and it is a story that is being told across a whole year in


Hull. Tell me how I can save them, save the world. Flood is about a


flood that happens 20 years in the future and the whole of Europe is


overtaken by a huge tidal wave and it looks like the impact on the


people who live in our floating city. The idea of PE and -- been


overwhelmed by water and by people is something we can all appreciate


and empathise with. It seems a brave choice of subject matter, given that


the city of Hull would be one of the first in the UK to be submerged if


sea levels rise. The slaves of the city flooded ten years ago, leaving


thousands of homes underwater and many in Hull still fear it happening


again. The year-long story of Flood started online and screened in


supermarket car parks in Hull, with a film showing fishermen hauling in


dozens of empty life jackets and one survivor. At Easter, 3000 people


braved the cold to watch the story unfold and the endless rains begin.


We have a casualty on board, request emergency services. This piece of


theatre is not just about the water, it is set on it. It has taken three


weeks to build this set, they had to lower in a boat and there is a car


that you will see a peering from behind there as well as building the


whole of the stage. They have also got to set up plenty of special


effects, ready for the TV filming to begin. The third instalment was


filmed for BBC Two and took the story from Hull to a national


audience. And to the misery of the crew but delight of the director,


the weather changed right on cue. It is coming up to ten o'clock, it is


almost dark enough to start the first of two nights of filming. In a


show called Flood the result was the a lot of water and the crew have


spent hours putting those rainmakers up there, but in the event, nature


has provided its own special effects. The cast is not just


professional actors, some of the Army of volunteers are taking part


and when they signed up last year to martial events and hand out leaflets


in 2017, they never thought they would end up on national telly. When


you signed up for this job, what did you think you would be doing?


Standing in front of the camera was not up there. I wanted to be part of


the history. Showcasing the culture of Hull. I held the guy who gets


onto the boat, with another volunteer. And then he hits him and


I'd like him onto the floor and I punched him in the face twice. How


nice! Yes! Part four of the story will be performed live on the dock


in October. A city itself threatened by water, once again hosting this


apocalyptic story about the devastation it could cause. They


have had a lot of noise. Humber Street Sesh is almost over, so it is


time for the headline act, he is introducing one. Let us hear it for


them! They have played festivals like


Reading and Leeds and I chatted to them earlier. For us, we are trying


to showcase how you can be empowered to make music on a shoestring and


really show the bands around Hull that you can go out and do it and


the things that we have achieved have all come naturally and


organically for us and it can be done, you have to have the right


mentality and I think that is coming on, the music scene in Hull is


amazing and we are so happy to be involved with it and trying to wave


the flag for it. You guys are being modest, a lot of this is about your


success. How important is it for fans to realise you can go your own


way? It is the only way. There is no golden ticket. When people ask for


advice, there is no quick route. The best advice is to work hard and


don't expect it to be easy. That is it from us. We didn't get to


see all the bands, but we gave it a good effort. The result was next


year and we will be back in the autumn on we will have the Royal


Ballet in Hull and the world's most controversial art competition, the


Turner Prize. If you want to get your cultural sex, head to this


website. I think we have got time for just one more bands. Goodbye.


We are hurtling towards the end of August and this 10-day forecast


takes us into the first few days of September. But, it is not too late


to see some fine, dry summerlike weather and we are actually going to


have some of that through this


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