Anne Marie Tasker and Kofi Smiles take you behind the scenes of Hull 2017 with reports and interviews from this year long festival of arts and culture.
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the news but first, a special
programme, UK city of culture.
Welcome to Hull, Britain's city of
culture as we review 12 months of
cracking events. It has been a
phenomenal year with so many photos
to look back on. Across four
seasons, Hull took at out of
galleries and theatres and into the
streets. 365 days of events change
the way the city has been seen by
the rest of the world.
The year has gone by so quick, I
cannot believe it is almost over. I
hope these guys get to stay. This is
the latest installation for 2017
cold weather we go from here? This
is to do with dancing. It's sort of
mirrors back to the very start of
the year in January when the whole
of the city centre was filled with
lights and sound. That was amazing.
That was how we started the season
2017 really did start with a bang
with 3.5 tonnes of fireworks and
made in Hull, a spectacular light
show, telling the story of the city
and its people. Or do you think of
the unbelievable display?
Mirallas. I have got family watching
it live now.
I am in London. If this
was in London, the reaction we would
get would be fantastic.
very emotional. I am from Ozil. This
is the same quality as Kirkup at
It is amazing. I think it is
meant to really positive year.
the centrepiece of the season called
made in Hull, something that was a
huge wind turbine blades handmade in
the city's Siemens factory. It is an
incredible 75 metres long and put
that into perspective, Annabelle is
six foot. So why would that the
longest 41 times. Getting in was a
big job. 50 lamp posts, traffic
lights and barriers were taken down
that four hour journey from factory
to city centre. And it joined the
crowds. One in five people who came
to see it were from outside Hull in
East Yorkshire. Caroline Quentin and
Mark starred in the world premiere
of the hypocrite.
I spent the last
two days going round in a cardboard
box which represents commode. For
reasons that are too complicated to
The plane was by Richard
Bean and told the story of how's
role in the start of the English
Civil War, shutting the city's gates
on the King.
I'm really looking forward to the
people of Hull seeing this play.
There's so much great stuff in it,
some of the jokes, they're so deeply
entrenched in the culture here, they
are just going to love it, they're
going to love it.
The show at the
theatre's biggest cast, its biggest
threat, and spectacular special
effects. And it won a new audience,
a third of whom had never been to
the theatre before.
February brought another world
premiere. 6000 pipes, written by
Britain the most popular living
composer, Sir Karl Jenkins.
# There's a star man waiting in the
Weeks later the orchestra made way
for one of David Bowie's old
bandmates, the spider from Mars,
woody woodlands. The last surviving
member of the banned from Hull
performed the rise and fall of Ziggy
Stardust album live and in full for
the first time ever.
we wanted to play himself because he
knew we were from Hull so to come
back now, Hull the city of culture
Made in Hull also celebrated
pioneering women from the city of
culture. From the first woman
conductor, Ethel, to the world's
first women's boxing champion,
I think all this
talk about girls not boxing is
old-fashioned. Girls aren't the
delicate flowers they used to be.
Anyhow, my boyfriend doesn't mind.
There was the original bad girl of
art, from a performance collective.
And one of Hull's most famous
daughters, Maureen Lipman, an
inspiring the next generation.
there's one kid out there watching
things, but if that white-haired
with spectacles can be on telly, so
Even if you weren't famous
and from Hull you could pretend to
be as photography show Hollywood
icons let people take on their
favourite film roles. There were
other ways to get involved. People
choosing coloured filters for their
flats as part of this community
project called "I wish to
communicate with you".
I think it's
brilliant, makes you feel really
good you are part of the city of
By March nine out of ten
people in Hull had been to a city of
culture event and with 60 community
products in 2017 many were even
taking part. That was one of the
community project put together by
people from Hull for people from
Hull and really was a great way to
get everybody involved. The woman
who masterminded it was Sharon
Darley. For 2017 started people
might have thought it's not for me,
it's just for the cultural elite, as
this project change that?
That project, we were
involved with, definitely helped oil
Definitely. What changes
have you seen on the estate? Explain
to people watching who don't know
Hull the kind of problems there are
in the estate where you started the
Lots of usual inner-city
challenges. Lack of employment, lack
of prospects. Lack of aspiration
sometimes. Though I like to say I
work with a really creative,
innovative, funny community.
think 2017 has drawn it out of them?
I think it has and it doesn't take a
How do you think we keep these
things going for people who might
not have the time and money to
always go to the theatre or an art
I will say the L Word now,
P. -- legacy. What I've seen this
year is a wonderful, beautiful
launch pad. It's up to us lot now to
keep it going and going and going
and going. And make it, if it's
around for a long time, the more
chance you've got of seeing stuff,
Thank you so much. There
were so many more community events
stretching into season two called
roots and roots. My favourite was to
see Katie Perry at big weekend, she
was one of the highlights of season
Season two looked to Hull's place in
the world and you don't get much
more global ban Katie Perry. --
Dozens of stellar pop acts came to
Burton Constable near Hull for radio
one's big weekend.
Being in a
festival environment just outside of
It's crazy. In are printing,
so cool. We keep running into people
we know. All of our city just in a
big part, it's great, lovely.
from the crowd you can always tell
what type of energy is out there and
so far it seems it sounds like
people really appreciate the music
and there seems like a real freedom
here. Music should be somewhere
where people can come together no
matter what background you're from
and music is just, we need it to
connect. I don't think it should
ever be something people are afraid
to come together for.
I saw Stormzy earlier.
Are you a big
I'm interested in the
crime scene and he's one of the best
out there. Service grime. I saw
Little Mix earlier, they are
trained, they were in the dressing
room next to mine, the vocal
warm-ups were quite impressive, I
don't think I can nail that. They
were going quite high. I'm going to
stay at the French level. Below
That wasn't the only festival in
town. North Atlantic fluxes
celebrated Hull's historic ties to
Scandinavia and was curated by
musician John Grant.
Hull is a place
that has been on my radar for a long
time. Several of the artist
Diekmeier have deep connections to
Hull. You will see a good mixture of
what Hull has to offer but also
things from the North Atlantic. It's
Another event with sound at its
heart, height of the reeds was a
sonic journey across the iconic
Humber Bridge. The Swans bend their
necks backwards to see God. They
know the magnetism of the blue
space. Listening to headphones, they
hear a piece of work that combines
music with poetry and sounds of the
bridge as it quicksand sways in the
wind. Opera North's chorus and
orchestra married with sound
recordings of the bridge itself.
And a Hull schoolgirl who
guided the audience.
I feel weird
hearing myself but it's going to be
brought stands, circus and sound to
a Hull graveyard.
My kingdom for a
More world-class theatre with
Matt Fraser in Shakespeare's Richard
I'm a deformed actor playing a
deformed character for the first
time in Britain, which is
extraordinary that it should be the
first, but exciting that I get to do
Thousands came to see the
weeping window poppies on tour from
the tower of London. And revealed in
more ways than one more than 3000
people from around the world who
took part in sea of Hull. In April
they saw the final artwork by
Spencer tunic unveiled in the
I'm about there. You've
only one life, just live it. I don't
care whether anybody sees me or not.
Big weekend was a highlight of
season two. The perfect warm up for
a sum of festivals in the city of
We're halfway through the year and
it's clear Hull is getting pretty
good at putting an unexpected,
innovative and exciting events like
this installation. And that is
changing perceptions of the city. It
wasn't that long ago when Hull was
voted Britain's's Tim Ferri town.
It's no longer the case. With a
summer packed full of events still
to come, things got better and
better. -- voted Britain's's
So I was a seasonal festivals. More
than 100 local bands at the Humber
We are sitting on an
amazing wealth of talent in this
region. I think it's about time the
rest of the country was aware of it.
The tenth annual Freedom Festival
with a lecture from former UN
Secretary General Kofi Anand.
and culture is very much part of
life. It brings people together.
They may not understand what the
artist is saying, but they stop and
look at it and questions on within
The city's first-ever
children's literature Festival, the
They all live at 41
Fairfield Rd and then extra labour
is Mr Nigel McNulty, who is a
Hull was even on show
at the world's largest arts
festival, the Edinburgh fringe.
We're here representing Hull, the UK
city of culture this year.
came here outside London in the
first time in more than 80 years.
And Hull hosted the first ever UK
pride Parade, marking 50 years since
the partial decriminalisation of,
Bused to bust. That's us.
After all these years.
As part of
LGBT 50, Radio 2 brought the Love
concert to town.
Today I feel really
reflective and feel like I can stand
on the shoulders of great people if
done, you know like Mark arm and is
here, that's like he's an amazing
artist. -- Marc Almond. Amazing
advocate for LGBT. Alison Boyet,
amazing. Why would I say no to being
in the company of those people.
took over the waves again in
September with contain strong
language, a festival celebrating
poetry and spoken word.
exciting is to see the Hull accent
and language taking place on a
Here Jones and statues
must buyers and cranes cluster.
mentioned before about Philip Larkin
and Andrew Marr vowel. Reading both
of them today who is the best from
... I never compare, I never
compare lovers, I never compare
poets. I never compare music. It's
just different. I'm glad we don't
have Oscars for poets. It's
ridiculous enough for actors.
there was the weird and wonderful.
Bill Bailey invented tales about
strange items in his cabinet of
curiosities at Hull's Maritime
Museum. Do you think you are the
first comedian to have curated a
I don't know. I'm
going to say yes.
It seems like new
ground doesn't it?
In the spirit of
this exhibition, yes, I, Bill
Bailey, built of Bailey, and the
first comedian to cure an exhibition
of this kind anywhere in the world.
An immersive experience like no
other. For high-tech shopping,
captured by the police 1980s South
Korea in a performance called "One
If I don't make it out I
tell my mum, dad, sister 's
brothers, you can't touch my stuff.
Did you see that?
One of the season's highlights, a
special gala performance by the
world-famous Royal Ballet. Its
principles joined a handful of top
ballet dancers who had all taken
their first lessons at Skelton
Hooper School of dance in Hull. So
many wanted tickets 5000 people
watched on screens in a nearby park.
The gala showing off the great
dancers who started their journey to
the top in the city of culture. You
may have noticed in the bear some of
the Army of two and a half thousand
turquoise coated volunteers who are
working for the city of culture.
Joining us is three generations of
volunteers. Leanne, Sheila and
Karen. How many hours have you put
in between you?
1300 hrs of
Incredible. But up been your
Mine was one day maybe
which I absolutely adored, long
shifts, but certainly worth the
One of mine was the gay
parade, I really enjoyed that, there
were so many...
I was lucky enough
to be in the flood, on one of the
floating platforms. That was
We'll see some of that
late in the programme. You'll be
sticking at it next year as well?
Yes. And longer to come, yeah.
really enjoyed it. Everybody, just
like one big family.
Thank you for
coming down. We're getting to the
end of our review. Season four is
called tell the world.
The final season of 2017 and the
world premiere kept coming. Maxine
Peake's play, the last Testament
told the story of four Hull women
who fought the government for better
fisherman 's safety and won. Payne
the winner of this year's Turner
This year's Turner prize
was awarded in Hull to the oldest
winner in its history and the first
black woman to win the prize.
you panel, first of all, to the
people who stopped me in the streets
of Preston and Hull to wish me luck,
thank you, it worked.
featuring the four short listed
artists as drawn huge crowds, more
than double the average it usually
gets in London and already the
second most visited Turner prize
show ever. Another treat for visual
art lovers was Hull: portrait of a
city. Every shot taken by
world-renowned photographers Martin
Parr and Bolivia are for. In the
city of culture. But the
contemporary art wasn't confined to
galleries, it took over the city
streets with huge installations like
Flow. And mythical, mystical beasts
roamed the streets for the land of
Green ginger unleashed parade. The
finale of a year of events that took
artistic spectacle out of the city's
It was fantastic! Well
worth the wait and I want to see it
It was so good.
I didn't know
what to expect, I didn't think it
would be like that. It was kind of
scary when the people came up to
What we needed, what the city
wanted, it shows the amount of
people who are here, we all want it,
long may it continue.
Are even found
its way into hospital. The footprint
of every baby born in Hull has been
taken during 2017 and along with the
midwife's handprint they have made a
huge mural reflecting every new life
in the city of culture.
he was born in 2017 and the little
footprints are a great idea, I think
it'll be a gorgeous tribute to him
and a lovely tribute to all the
staff as well.
1st of October all of
Hull's phone boxes rang and the
public took calls from the future.
The live experience was part of "We
made ourselves over 2097" and ran
along five sci-fi films and an
interactive app. Another glimpse of
a possible future came from theatre
company slung low with a year-long
performance called Flood.
how I can save them, save the world.
The dystopic story imagines Europe
flooded, and its citizens as
refugees. Told online, TV and in a
series of live performances in one
of Hull's gold stocks. Its ambition
reflected that of Hull's whole year
as city of culture. That was some of
the fantastic moments from season
four tell the world. The man who May
2017 happen is Martin Green. The
director. When you move to Hull
three years ago did you ever imagine
2017 would be as successful?
in a million years is the truthful
answer, I dumping anybody would have
that kind of ego, it's been the most
extraordinary year in the life of
this great city.
How would you sum
up the changes you've seen in that
What we've seen is how art is
the life force of the city and quite
apart from the many events and
exhibitions and performances, what
you've seen is the finding the
city's voice, re-finding its pride
and the rediscovery of a city by
many people who aren't from the
You hand over the reins to new
management, what would you like to
see carried on as a legacy?
it's that ambition, what we've done
here this year is the unexpected,
really interesting cultural
experiences. The city has a great
ambition to be different and if Hull
can continue to be a city of the
extraordinary that would be one of
the many legacies that can come from
This year has been
incredible. Can you believe there
has been at least one event every
single day? And we've been to most
of them. If you want to take a look
back you can go to the website.
.co .uk/ Hull 2017.
There has been
so much going on. Here are a few
bits we haven't managed to squeeze
in. Bye bye. See you!
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