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Hull 2017: Programme of events for next six months announced

The team behind Hull City of Culture 2017 have announced their programme of events for the next six months.

Art work 'Blade', A 250ft-long (75m) wind turbine installed at Queen Victoria Square in Hull. Credit: Press Association

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:

Marc Almond will perform in Hull during UK Pride Week Credit: Press Association
  • 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
Slung Low's Flood Credit: Perry Curties
  • 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
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 Credit: The Society of Authors
  • 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.
People take part in an installation titled Sea of Hull by artist Spencer Tunick in Hull Credit: Press Association

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.

Ferens Art Gallery which has already seen a royal visit will host the Turner Prize later this year Credit: Press Association

"The response to our opening season Made in Hull has exceeded all our expectations and as we go into seasons two and three, we want people to continue to be excited, whether they live here or are visiting. With our wonderful partners there's a terrific line-up over the next six months."

– Martin Green, Director Hull 2017

"The seasons two and three events, revealed today, show a world-class programme that will continue to engage, excite and enthral local residents and visitors throughout spring and summer. Combined with the transformation of the city centre and some of our most important cultural venues, Hull’s tenure as UK City of Culture is creating a surge of positivity, pride and celebration."

– Councillor Stephen Brady, Leader of Hull City Council

"I am immensely proud of my roots in Hull, and what has been achieved so far in Hull’s year as UK City of Culture. For me this opportunity to return to my home city, for the company to take to the stage in the magnificent setting of Hull’s refurbished New Theatre and to create new links with the young talent of Hull is unique and special for all of us."

– Kevin O'Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet

For more information on all the events, visit the official Hull 2017 website.