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Hull City of Culture opening event announced

Performers dressed as angels take part in the Place des Anges spectacle in Hull in June. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Organisers of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 have announced the opening event to the city's year in the spotlight.

They promise a sight and sound spectacular which tells the story of the last 70-years of Hull and will see the streets 'speak'.

Ahead of plans for the first season of the programme being announced later today, details of Made in Hull’, curated by award-winning, Hull-born documentary filmmaker Sean McAllister, have been revealed.

Renowned for thought-provoking work, including the BAFTA nominated 'A Syrian Love Story',and compelling documentaries on the life of this city, Sean McAllister has brought together a world-class team to produce the free event, to which everyone is invited.

This major new commission will use the city as a canvas and include large-scale projection, illuminated skylines, soundscapes, shop windows and live performance through the city over the course of seven evenings. Over 10 artist commissions will bring seven decades of the city to life, through good times and hard times, from the devastation of the Second World War to the shipping heritage, from sport to clubbing.

As someone who comes from the city, Hull 2017 is an opportunity to reflect on and share with others some of the many great stories that come from here. We're putting together something that I hope will surprise people, inspire them, make them think. Hull is often misunderstood and misrepresented so it's important for me to make work that is personal, honest and truthful.

– Sean McAllister
Award winning documentary filmmaker Sean McAllister was born in the city Credit: Press Association

I am thrilled to announce our opening event led by Sean McAllister, one of the city’s greatest cultural exports. As we begin this exciting year, Made in Hull gives voice to the people, the stories and the heritage of this city in daring and unusual ways. The opening event has been specifically designed so every resident from the city is invited to see Hull like they’ve never seen it before.

– Martin Green, CEO and Director, Hull 2017

The Made in Hull creative team includes Hull writer and theatre director Rupert Creed, who has worked in the industry for over 30 years across the North of England; another local Durham Marenghi, the internationally renowned lighting designer who recently designed the lighting for the Rio Olympic Games Opening ceremony; Dan Jones, the Bafta winning sound designer and composer; and acclaimed production designer and RIBA chartered architect Ala Lloyd, who has worked on large scale projects across the world.

In addition, local and international artists are being commissioned to create new work as part of Made in Hull.

Thousands stripped off for the living art installation, Sea of Hull, which celebrated Hull's 2017 City of Culture status Credit: Press Association

The first night will culminate in a New Year's Day fireworks fired at 20:17 that will light up the night sky above the Humber, signalling the start of Hull 2017's year in the spotlight.

Everyone is invited to Made in Hull, which runs each evening from 4pm to 9pm from 1 to 7 January 2017. It is a free event and does not require a ticket.

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