Freedom Festival 2023 will feature a variety of artists. Photo Credit: Tom Leentjes.
Freedom Festival 2023 will feature a variety of artists including Tripotes La Compagnie with 'Encore un Fois'. Photo Credit: Tom Leentjes.

Freedom Festival 2023: Everything you need to know

Freedom Festival is back with a bang for 2023! Taking place in Hull City Centre, Freedom Festival is a festival like no other. Featuring installations, exhibitions, outdoor performances, indoor shows, and an unmissable atmosphere, these five days are some of the most hotly anticipated in Hull’s calendar.

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.

Ready to read more? Here’s everything you need to know about Freedom Festival 2023:

When is Freedom Festival taking place?

Freedom Festival takes place across the city from Wednesday 30 August to Sunday 3 September 2023, with events held at multiple venues at different times throughout.

Who is performing at this year’s festival?

There is something for everyone at this year’s event, including individual performers, artists, musicians, and creative who will perform across the weekend.

This year’s line-up includes artists from around the world such as Résiste (France), Tripotes La Compagnie (Belgium), and Zum-Zum Teatre (Catalonia).

There is also plenty of local talent to catch, with fan-favourites The Herd Theatre returning with Fast Food Megaverse. Don’t miss live performances inspired by local young people and voiced by local actors from The Warren Youth Project & Middle Child Theatre.

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 the 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, take a look at the festival line-up.

Where is Freedom Festival taking place?

The festival will transform multiple public spaces around the city centre into bespoke performance areas. This includes Whitefriargate, Trinity Square, Zebedee’s Yard, Princes Quay Event Space, Humber Street, Queen Victoria Square and many more.

There are also some events taking place in venues such as Hull Truck Theatre, Ferens Art Gallery, Stage@TheDock and Trinity Market.

How can I get to Freedom Festival?

You can travel to Hull City Centre via public transport. Plan your perfect route with the route planners from East Yorkshire Buses and Stagecoach and take advantage of the £2 bus fares.

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

Please be aware that some roads are closed due to the festival. You can find out more about Freedom Festival Road Closures here.

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 event staff and volunteers across the city during the festival who can offer support if needed.

You can also find more detailed 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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