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Episode 7

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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7-11dC. At ten o'clock, Fiona Bruce

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will be here with a full round-up of

the news but first, a special

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programme, UK city of culture.

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the news but first, a special

programme, UK city of culture.

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Welcome to Hull, Britain's city of

culture as we review 12 months of

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cracking events. It has been a

phenomenal year with so many photos

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to look back on. Across four

seasons, Hull took at out of

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galleries and theatres and into the

streets. 365 days of events change

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the way the city has been seen by

the rest of the world.

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The year has gone by so quick, I

cannot believe it is almost over. I

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hope these guys get to stay. This is

the latest installation for 2017

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cold weather we go from here? This

is to do with dancing. It's sort of

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mirrors back to the very start of

the year in January when the whole

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of the city centre was filled with

lights and sound. That was amazing.

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That was how we started the season

in Hull.

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2017 really did start with a bang

with 3.5 tonnes of fireworks and

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made in Hull, a spectacular light

show, telling the story of the city

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and its people. Or do you think of

the unbelievable display?

IPod it

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was amazing.

Absolutely fab

Mirallas. I have got family watching

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it live now.

I am in London. If this

was in London, the reaction we would

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get would be fantastic.

It is

amazing!

Fantastic.

Really moving,

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very emotional. I am from Ozil. This

is the same quality as Kirkup at

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cabana.

It is amazing. I think it is

meant to really positive year.

And

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the centrepiece of the season called

made in Hull, something that was a

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huge wind turbine blades handmade in

the city's Siemens factory. It is an

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incredible 75 metres long and put

that into perspective, Annabelle is

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six foot. So why would that the

longest 41 times. Getting in was a

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big job. 50 lamp posts, traffic

lights and barriers were taken down

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that four hour journey from factory

to city centre. And it joined the

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crowds. One in five people who came

to see it were from outside Hull in

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East Yorkshire. Caroline Quentin and

Mark starred in the world premiere

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of the hypocrite.

I spent the last

two days going round in a cardboard

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box which represents commode. For

reasons that are too complicated to

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go into!

The plane was by Richard

Bean and told the story of how's

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role in the start of the English

Civil War, shutting the city's gates

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on the King.

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I'm really looking forward to the

people of Hull seeing this play.

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There's so much great stuff in it,

some of the jokes, they're so deeply

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entrenched in the culture here, they

are just going to love it, they're

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going to love it.

The show at the

theatre's biggest cast, its biggest

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threat, and spectacular special

effects. And it won a new audience,

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a third of whom had never been to

the theatre before.

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February brought another world

premiere. 6000 pipes, written by

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Britain the most popular living

composer, Sir Karl Jenkins.

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# There's a star man waiting in the

sky #.

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Weeks later the orchestra made way

for one of David Bowie's old

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bandmates, the spider from Mars,

woody woodlands. The last surviving

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member of the banned from Hull

performed the rise and fall of Ziggy

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Stardust album live and in full for

the first time ever.

Somewhere but

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we wanted to play himself because he

knew we were from Hull so to come

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back now, Hull the city of culture

is amazing.

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Made in Hull also celebrated

pioneering women from the city of

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culture. From the first woman

conductor, Ethel, to the world's

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first women's boxing champion,

Barbara Buttrick.

I think all this

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talk about girls not boxing is

old-fashioned. Girls aren't the

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delicate flowers they used to be.

Anyhow, my boyfriend doesn't mind.

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There was the original bad girl of

art, from a performance collective.

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And one of Hull's most famous

daughters, Maureen Lipman, an

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inspiring the next generation.

If

there's one kid out there watching

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things, but if that white-haired

with spectacles can be on telly, so

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can I.

Even if you weren't famous

and from Hull you could pretend to

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be as photography show Hollywood

icons let people take on their

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favourite film roles. There were

other ways to get involved. People

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choosing coloured filters for their

flats as part of this community

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project called "I wish to

communicate with you".

I think it's

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brilliant, makes you feel really

good you are part of the city of

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culture.

By March nine out of ten

people in Hull had been to a city of

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culture event and with 60 community

products in 2017 many were even

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taking part. That was one of the

community project put together by

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people from Hull for people from

Hull and really was a great way to

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get everybody involved. The woman

who masterminded it was Sharon

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Darley. For 2017 started people

might have thought it's not for me,

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it's just for the cultural elite, as

this project change that?

Yes.

In

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what way?

That project, we were

involved with, definitely helped oil

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the wheels.

Definitely. What changes

have you seen on the estate? Explain

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to people watching who don't know

Hull the kind of problems there are

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in the estate where you started the

work.

Lots of usual inner-city

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challenges. Lack of employment, lack

of prospects. Lack of aspiration

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sometimes. Though I like to say I

work with a really creative,

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innovative, funny community.

Do you

think 2017 has drawn it out of them?

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I think it has and it doesn't take a

lot.

How do you think we keep these

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things going for people who might

not have the time and money to

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always go to the theatre or an art

gallery?

I will say the L Word now,

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P. -- legacy. What I've seen this

year is a wonderful, beautiful

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launch pad. It's up to us lot now to

keep it going and going and going

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and going. And make it, if it's

around for a long time, the more

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chance you've got of seeing stuff,

you know.

Thank you so much. There

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were so many more community events

stretching into season two called

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roots and roots. My favourite was to

see Katie Perry at big weekend, she

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was one of the highlights of season

two.

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Season two looked to Hull's place in

the world and you don't get much

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more global ban Katie Perry. --

global brand.

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Dozens of stellar pop acts came to

Burton Constable near Hull for radio

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one's big weekend.

Being in a

festival environment just outside of

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Hull.

It's crazy. In are printing,

so cool. We keep running into people

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we know. All of our city just in a

big part, it's great, lovely.

Just

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from the crowd you can always tell

what type of energy is out there and

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so far it seems it sounds like

people really appreciate the music

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and there seems like a real freedom

here. Music should be somewhere

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where people can come together no

matter what background you're from

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and music is just, we need it to

connect. I don't think it should

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ever be something people are afraid

to come together for.

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I saw Stormzy earlier.

Are you a big

grime fan?

I'm interested in the

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crime scene and he's one of the best

out there. Service grime. I saw

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Little Mix earlier, they are

trained, they were in the dressing

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room next to mine, the vocal

warm-ups were quite impressive, I

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don't think I can nail that. They

were going quite high. I'm going to

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stay at the French level. Below

that.

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That wasn't the only festival in

town. North Atlantic fluxes

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celebrated Hull's historic ties to

Scandinavia and was curated by

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musician John Grant.

Hull is a place

that has been on my radar for a long

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time. Several of the artist

Diekmeier have deep connections to

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Hull. You will see a good mixture of

what Hull has to offer but also

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things from the North Atlantic. It's

quite Scandinavian.

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Another event with sound at its

heart, height of the reeds was a

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sonic journey across the iconic

Humber Bridge. The Swans bend their

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necks backwards to see God. They

know the magnetism of the blue

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space. Listening to headphones, they

hear a piece of work that combines

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music with poetry and sounds of the

bridge as it quicksand sways in the

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wind. Opera North's chorus and

orchestra married with sound

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recordings of the bridge itself.

Look up.

And a Hull schoolgirl who

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guided the audience.

I feel weird

hearing myself but it's going to be

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pretty cool.

Australian company

brought stands, circus and sound to

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a Hull graveyard.

My kingdom for a

horse!

More world-class theatre with

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Matt Fraser in Shakespeare's Richard

III.

I'm a deformed actor playing a

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deformed character for the first

time in Britain, which is

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extraordinary that it should be the

first, but exciting that I get to do

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it.

Thousands came to see the

weeping window poppies on tour from

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the tower of London. And revealed in

more ways than one more than 3000

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people from around the world who

took part in sea of Hull. In April

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they saw the final artwork by

Spencer tunic unveiled in the

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gallery.

I'm about there. You've

only one life, just live it. I don't

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care whether anybody sees me or not.

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Big weekend was a highlight of

season two. The perfect warm up for

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a sum of festivals in the city of

culture.

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We're halfway through the year and

it's clear Hull is getting pretty

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good at putting an unexpected,

innovative and exciting events like

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this installation. And that is

changing perceptions of the city. It

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wasn't that long ago when Hull was

voted Britain's's Tim Ferri town.

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It's no longer the case. With a

summer packed full of events still

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to come, things got better and

better. -- voted Britain's's

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crappest town.

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So I was a seasonal festivals. More

than 100 local bands at the Humber

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Street session.

We are sitting on an

amazing wealth of talent in this

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region. I think it's about time the

rest of the country was aware of it.

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The tenth annual Freedom Festival

with a lecture from former UN

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Secretary General Kofi Anand.

Art

and culture is very much part of

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life. It brings people together.

They may not understand what the

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artist is saying, but they stop and

look at it and questions on within

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themselves.

The city's first-ever

children's literature Festival, the

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big malarkey.

They all live at 41

Fairfield Rd and then extra labour

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is Mr Nigel McNulty, who is a

grizzly bear.

Hull was even on show

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at the world's largest arts

festival, the Edinburgh fringe.

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We're here representing Hull, the UK

city of culture this year.

The Proms

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came here outside London in the

first time in more than 80 years.

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And Hull hosted the first ever UK

pride Parade, marking 50 years since

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the partial decriminalisation of,

sexuality.

Bused to bust. That's us.

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After all these years.

As part of

LGBT 50, Radio 2 brought the Love

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concert to town.

Today I feel really

reflective and feel like I can stand

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on the shoulders of great people if

done, you know like Mark arm and is

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here, that's like he's an amazing

artist. -- Marc Almond. Amazing

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advocate for LGBT. Alison Boyet,

amazing. Why would I say no to being

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in the company of those people.

Hull

took over the waves again in

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September with contain strong

language, a festival celebrating

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poetry and spoken word.

What's

exciting is to see the Hull accent

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and language taking place on a

global stage.

Here Jones and statues

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must buyers and cranes cluster.

You

mentioned before about Philip Larkin

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and Andrew Marr vowel. Reading both

of them today who is the best from

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Hull?

... I never compare, I never

compare lovers, I never compare

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poets. I never compare music. It's

just different. I'm glad we don't

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have Oscars for poets. It's

ridiculous enough for actors.

Then

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there was the weird and wonderful.

Bill Bailey invented tales about

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strange items in his cabinet of

curiosities at Hull's Maritime

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Museum. Do you think you are the

first comedian to have curated a

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museum exhibition?

I don't know. I'm

going to say yes.

It seems like new

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ground doesn't it?

In the spirit of

this exhibition, yes, I, Bill

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Bailey, built of Bailey, and the

first comedian to cure an exhibition

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of this kind anywhere in the world.

An immersive experience like no

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other. For high-tech shopping,

captured by the police 1980s South

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Korea in a performance called "One

day maybe".

If I don't make it out I

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tell my mum, dad, sister 's

brothers, you can't touch my stuff.

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Did you see that?

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One of the season's highlights, a

special gala performance by the

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world-famous Royal Ballet. Its

principles joined a handful of top

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ballet dancers who had all taken

their first lessons at Skelton

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Hooper School of dance in Hull. So

many wanted tickets 5000 people

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watched on screens in a nearby park.

The gala showing off the great

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dancers who started their journey to

the top in the city of culture. You

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may have noticed in the bear some of

the Army of two and a half thousand

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turquoise coated volunteers who are

working for the city of culture.

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Joining us is three generations of

volunteers. Leanne, Sheila and

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Karen. How many hours have you put

in between you?

1300 hrs of

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volunteering.

Between three.

Incredible. But up been your

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highlights?

Mine was one day maybe

which I absolutely adored, long

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shifts, but certainly worth the

effort.

One of mine was the gay

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parade, I really enjoyed that, there

were so many...

I was lucky enough

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to be in the flood, on one of the

floating platforms. That was

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fantastic.

We'll see some of that

late in the programme. You'll be

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sticking at it next year as well?

Yes. And longer to come, yeah.

We've

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really enjoyed it. Everybody, just

like one big family.

Thank you for

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coming down. We're getting to the

end of our review. Season four is

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called tell the world.

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The final season of 2017 and the

world premiere kept coming. Maxine

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Peake's play, the last Testament

told the story of four Hull women

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who fought the government for better

fisherman 's safety and won. Payne

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the winner of this year's Turner

prize is...

This year's Turner prize

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was awarded in Hull to the oldest

winner in its history and the first

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black woman to win the prize.

Thank

you panel, first of all, to the

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people who stopped me in the streets

of Preston and Hull to wish me luck,

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thank you, it worked.

The show

featuring the four short listed

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artists as drawn huge crowds, more

than double the average it usually

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gets in London and already the

second most visited Turner prize

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show ever. Another treat for visual

art lovers was Hull: portrait of a

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city. Every shot taken by

world-renowned photographers Martin

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Parr and Bolivia are for. In the

city of culture. But the

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contemporary art wasn't confined to

galleries, it took over the city

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streets with huge installations like

Flow. And mythical, mystical beasts

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roamed the streets for the land of

Green ginger unleashed parade. The

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finale of a year of events that took

artistic spectacle out of the city's

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communities.

It was fantastic! Well

worth the wait and I want to see it

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again.

It was so good.

I didn't know

what to expect, I didn't think it

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would be like that. It was kind of

scary when the people came up to

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you.

What we needed, what the city

wanted, it shows the amount of

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people who are here, we all want it,

long may it continue.

Are even found

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its way into hospital. The footprint

of every baby born in Hull has been

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taken during 2017 and along with the

midwife's handprint they have made a

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huge mural reflecting every new life

in the city of culture.

It's lovely

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he was born in 2017 and the little

footprints are a great idea, I think

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it'll be a gorgeous tribute to him

and a lovely tribute to all the

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staff as well.

1st of October all of

Hull's phone boxes rang and the

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public took calls from the future.

The live experience was part of "We

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made ourselves over 2097" and ran

along five sci-fi films and an

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interactive app. Another glimpse of

a possible future came from theatre

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company slung low with a year-long

performance called Flood.

Tell me

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how I can save them, save the world.

The dystopic story imagines Europe

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flooded, and its citizens as

refugees. Told online, TV and in a

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series of live performances in one

of Hull's gold stocks. Its ambition

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reflected that of Hull's whole year

as city of culture. That was some of

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the fantastic moments from season

four tell the world. The man who May

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2017 happen is Martin Green. The

director. When you move to Hull

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three years ago did you ever imagine

2017 would be as successful?

Never

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in a million years is the truthful

answer, I dumping anybody would have

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that kind of ego, it's been the most

extraordinary year in the life of

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this great city.

How would you sum

up the changes you've seen in that

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time?

What we've seen is how art is

the life force of the city and quite

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apart from the many events and

exhibitions and performances, what

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you've seen is the finding the

city's voice, re-finding its pride

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and the rediscovery of a city by

many people who aren't from the

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city.

You hand over the reins to new

management, what would you like to

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see carried on as a legacy?

I think

it's that ambition, what we've done

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here this year is the unexpected,

really interesting cultural

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experiences. The city has a great

ambition to be different and if Hull

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can continue to be a city of the

extraordinary that would be one of

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the many legacies that can come from

this year.

This year has been

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incredible. Can you believe there

has been at least one event every

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single day? And we've been to most

of them. If you want to take a look

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back you can go to the website.

BBC

.co .uk/ Hull 2017.

There has been

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so much going on. Here are a few

bits we haven't managed to squeeze

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in. Bye bye. See you!

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If you haven't heard of Buzzfeed,

where have you been? -- Fuzzfeed.

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If you like your coffee hot, let me

be your coffee pot.

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I am a loose cannon...

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