The team behind Hull City of Culture 2017 have announced their programme of events for the next six months.
The reopened Hull New Theatre will welcome the Royal Ballet and Marc Almond headlining at UK Pride Week are just some of the highlights.
There will be 42 new commissions and world premieres and 24 festivals.
Here is a selection of what people can look forward to:
- Hull New Theatre reopens following £16m transformation with a visit from The Royal Ballet led by its Hull-born director, Kevin O’Hare
- Philip Larkin’s life and work celebrated with major exhibition New Eyes Each Year- and Grayson Perry as The Philip Larkin Society Distinguished Guest Lecturer
- Slung Low’s year-long epic adventure Flood by James Phillips told online, live in Hull and on BBC television
- International performance, technology and site-responsive pioneers dreamthinkspeak premiere ONE DAY, MAYBE in Hull
- The Ferens Art Gallery hosts the Turner Prize and presents a major exhibition exploring Skin, including works by Ron Mueck, Lucian Freud and the first showing of Spencer Tunick’s photographic work featuring 3,200 local people in the nude and painted blue for Sea of Hull
- The 10th Waterstones Children’s Laureate will be announced in Hull prior to the first ever children’s literature festival in the city
- New work by artists including Bob & Roberta Smith, Tania Kovats, Chris Dobrowolski, Claire Barber and Claire Morgan in shopping centres, car parks, streets and public squares as part of the visual art series Look Up
- Fifty years after the start of decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK began, Pride in Hull stages the first ever UK Pride, kicking off week-long LGBT50 celebrations in July.
Two seasons, Roots & Routes (April to June) and Freedom (July to September), will continue Hull's year as City of Culture.
Organisers say the aim is to build on the success of opening season Made in Hull, which since January has drawn hundreds of thousands of people, including to the opening event, the Look Up public art installations Blade and The City Speaks, and successful exhibitions at Ferens Art Gallery, Brynmor Jones Library at the University of Hull and the newly opened Humber Street Gallery.
For more information on all the events, visit the official Hull 2017 website.