Mo and The Red Ribbon outdoor performance. A giant puppet walks through an outdoor crowd at night. A bridge across an inner city river full of boats can be seen in the background.
Mo & The Ribbon by Cie L'Homme Debout

Freedom Festival 2022: Everything you need to know

Hull’s long-running arts extravaganza, Freedom Festival, starts this weekend with more thought-provoking and entertaining performances for everyone to enjoy.

Named after the city’s association with William Wilberforce and the end of the slave trade, the festival showcases the best art and culture from all over the world, featuring a variety of performances and spectacular large-scale events.

Want to find out more? Here’s everything you need to know about Hull Freedom Festival 2022:

When Is Freedom Festival Taking Place?

Freedom Festival takes place across the city from 26 August to 4 September 2022, with events held at multiple venues at different times throughout.

Who Is Performing at This Year’s Festival?

Over 350 individual performers, artists, musicians, and creatives will perform across the festival.

This year’s line-up includes artists from around the world such as Gravity and Other Myths (Australia), Cie L’Homme Debout (France), and a collaborative performance with Adrian Utley (Portishead) & Will Gregory (Goldfrapp).

There is also plenty of local talent to watch, with performances from gig-theatre group Middle Child, post-punk rockers LIFE, and many more.

Is Freedom Festival Family Friendly?

The festival has a varied line-up that caters for everyone. You can find out which events are family friendly by looking through the festival programme.

How Do I Get Tickets?

You can book tickets for all ticketed events through the Freedom Festival website. Ticket prices vary for each event and booking in advance is advised.

There are also plenty of free events you can access. To find out more on those events, take a look at the full festival line-up.

Where is Freedom Festival Taking Place?

The festival will transform multiple public spaces around the city centre into bespoke performance areas. There are also some events that take place in venues such as Hull New Theatre, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull Truck Theatre and Stage@TheDock.

How Can I Get to Freedom Festival?

You can travel to Hull City Centre using any local taxi company. The closest taxi ranks can be found at Princes Dock Street, Market Place, Alfred Gelder Street, Lowgate and Carr Lane.

Buses run from Paragon Interchange up until midnight from Monday – Saturday. You can access all bus times ahead of your visit using the East Yorkshire Buses and Stagecoach websites.

If travelling by train, you can book your journey in advance with Hull Trains.

What If I Have Accessibility Requirements?

The Freedom Festival team wants to provide experiences that are accessible to all. You will be able to find staff and volunteers during the festival who can offer support if needed.

You can also find more information on their festival accessibility page, which includes all the guidance you’ll need to know ahead of your visit.

Visit the Freedom Festival website to find all the latest information on this year’s festival.

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