Artist Downtown Kayoto, will be performing at this year's Freedom Festival. Image: Tom Arran.

5 things not to miss at Freedom Festival 2020

Freedom Festival returns this weekend with a special online programme that will be broadcast via the BBC.

Bringing together internationally renowned artists and local talent, this year’s festival features robot selfies, bikes singing lullabies and artists performing from unique and iconic locations throughout the city.

Download the Freedom Festival app or visit the festival’s website to view the full programme, listen live, watch, stream, play and more from Friday 4 September.

Here are five things that you can’t afford to miss –

A Portrait Without Borders

Freedom Festival invites people to have their portrait drawn by Kaleider’s non-learning AI before then being drawn on the walls of Hull Truck Theatre, not by humans, but by wall-drawing robots. A Portrait Without Borders will premiere in Hull before going on a national tour.

Available from Friday 4 September on Freedom Festival website

Luke Jerram

Throughout the weekend there will be surprises for some of the city’s young people as Luke Jerram’s sound illuminated artwork Lullaby is delivered at dusk to streets in the city in partnership with Back To Ours.


Out Loud – Scratch Night
Middle Child and Silent Uproar

Join the best new writers in Hull and the East Riding and be the first to hear the theatre of tomorrow. Like an open mic night for musicians but for the spoken word, local writers get their work performed as radio plays.

Available from Friday 4 September on Freedom Festival website

BBC Music Introducing on Radio Humberside

Some of the city’s most talented artists, including Chiedu Oraka, Emma Fee and Downtown Kayoto, have filmed and recorded performances from some of Hull’s most iconic locations.

BBC Radio Humberside at 8pm on Saturday 5 September and videos available from Friday 4 September on Freedom Festival website.

The Remains of Logan Dankworth
Luke Wright

On Saturday night Luke Wright will broadcast the third of his trilogy of political verse, co-commissioned by Freedom Festival. The Remains of Logan Dankworth was originally due to be showcased at Freedom Festival, but instead Nova Studios has filmed an exclusive recording of Luke performing the piece in Hull.

Saturday 5 September on Freedom Festival website.

Stepney Railway Station