Hull City of Culture
“Hull’s year as UK city of culture has been described as a “rip-roaring, awe-inspiring success” by Arts Council England, and organisers and civic leaders have promised to build on its legacy in 2018. The port city in east Yorkshire was the UK’s second city of culture, after Derry became the first in 2013. Hull’s tenure has been widely praised and is estimated to have provided an economic boost worth more than the bid’s forecast of £60m.”
“One of the most memorable days I’ve spent so far in my time as chief executive of Arts Council England happened in Hull back in July. Wearing my blue, purple and pink uniform, I became a Hull UK City of Culture 2017 volunteer for the day, joining hundreds of people from Hull who have given up their time over the past twelve months in the name of art and culture.”
What a year!
This is amazing. Watch and celebrate with us.
As the UK’s City of Culture 2017, all eyes have been on @2017Hull. 9 in 10 residents have attended an event, cultural activity or exhibition as part of it. The council’s £100m cultural capital programme has already seen a £25m regeneration of the city centre. #CulturedNorth pic.twitter.com/PjfDcOZP4p
— Northern Powerhouse (@NPHinfo) December 6, 2017
Just listen to this programme. Sean O’Brien on Radio 4, explaining about why the Humber inspires poetry, his and others. http://bbc.in/2iKGhDy
Here’s what we think of the grumblers
Martin and me on Radio Humberside, New Year’s Day
Here’s our view on some tired hacks who tried to criticise people for, er, carousing in the streets of Hull over NEW YEAR, as expressed on the Breakfast Show on Radio Humberside. Fun, eh?!
This picture is of a seal in the Humber.
First wind turbines leave Hull for the North Sea
The timing couldn’t really be better. The pictures are amazing.
Coverage in the Hull Daily Mail of the first shipment out to sea
Hull now incredibly up itself
Hilarious from the Daily Mash. Pitch Perfect. Thanks to C of C Trustee Sameera Anwar West for spotting!
BECOMING the UK’s City of Culture has caused everyone in Hull to become a snooty intellectual, it has emerged. Residents of the northern city are immersing themselves in highbrow literature, classical music and theatre while feeling smug and superior about it.
Builder Roy Hobbs said: “I was in Wetherspoons for the poetry recital and it was so packed I missed half The Wasteland while I was ordering a bottle of Merlot. The Arts Council really should do something.
“Hopefully it’ll be quieter at the weekend when me and the lads try the Heston Blumenthal tasting menu before going on to the multiplex for the Truffaut retrospective.”
Mum-of-two Donna Sheridan said: “I can’t get the kids off their easels ever since they discovered impressionist painting, so the Playstation 4 was a total waste of money.
“I’ve made a rule that they can have two hours of discussing the plays of David Mamet every night then it’s off to bed.”
The Today programme from Hull on the eve of 2017
To hear me, Chris Hees and Alan Johnson MP chatting to Mishal Husain go to 8.52 am. Whole programme is great however! Hull is the first city to ever ‘guest edit’ a seasonal edition of the Today programme.
My postcard from Hull
Hello from Hull! We’re on the road all week sending postcards to other cities. This is to Liverpool from @Rosiemillard pic.twitter.com/VEIloqO1Ym
— BBC Radio Humberside (@RadioHumberside) December 13, 2016
Me & Will Gompertz riffing on Hull
If you click on the above link you will hear BBC arts editor Will Gompertz on his new Five Live arts show Heat Map, during which he invited people to discuss the City of Culture….it gets quite heated and the notion of Gompertz drawing attention to a crisp packet outside St Paul’s is mentioned.
Lively though, which is what arts chat should ALWAYS be, it was a pleasure to be asked on. And no, I’m not going to be taking my clothes off for Spencer Tunick, as the subsequent coverage in the Hull Daily Mail explains….