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Dyptik bring Mirage to Hull for this year's Freedom Festival. Photo credit: C Detrez.

Freedom Festival 2022: Spectacular 9-day arts festival kicks off this weekend

The phenomenal Freedom Festival returns this weekend with a jam-packed programme featuring artists and performances from all over the world.

Back for its 16th year, this year’s festival features more than 350 individual performers, artists, musicians, visual artists and creatives.

We sat down with Mikey Martins, artistic director & CEO of Freedom Festival Arts Trust, to chat about what to expect from Freedom Festival 2022 –

A spectacular launch weekend sees Gravity and Other Myths perform at Hull New Theatre, fresh from opening Edinburgh International Festival earlier this month. The circus act performs Backbone on Friday and Saturday (August 26 and 27).

Middle Child, one of Hull’s favourite theatre companies, bring their latest show There Should Be Unicorns to the Stage@TheDock on Saturday and Sunday (August 27 and 28). The inspiring family-friendly musical debuted to sold-out audiences earlier this year and returns to Hull following a successful tour of outdoor arts festivals across the UK .

Musical audio experience Resonance, by Stewart Baxter, Mark Slater and Stephanie Halsey, takes place at the Tidal Barrier on Saturday night (August 27). Bringing together sound gathered from around Hull, Resonance features field recordings played at random alongside pre-recorded piano loops to create an immersive surround-scape with live guitar, piano and harp improvisation.

There are plenty of other performances, both ticketed and free, taking place this weekend and throughout the festival. You can find out more here.

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