This weekend was Hull’s Freedom festival. It has been running for a long time – since 2008 when it was established that the remembrance of the abolition of slavery needed to be a constant and ongoing reminder that should remain public. MP William Wilberforce, who was born in Hull, was one of the prime movers in the UK for the abolition of slavery and the festival was founded to remember what freedom really means from then, and what it thankfully still means for us now.
I am very thankful that I get the opportunity to come and take in the sights, sounds and smells of the area when the festival comes to town – there are always hundreds of artistic acts, performances and spectacles that will leave you breathless and wondering “How did they do that!?”. I love being part of a place that is accepting and committed to maintaining artistic expression as a regular part of public life. Here are some of the highlights from my Saturday night trip!