As members of the Hull UK City of Culture 2017 Business Club, it is with great excitement and anticipation that we have today heard for the first time details of the fantastic programme of events and celebrations heading our way next year.
Revealing details this afternoon, the City of Culture team has promised a ‘365 day programme of cultural events and creativity inspired by the city and told to the world.’
It will launch with a seven day opening ceremony, held on evenings from Sunday, January 1, celebrating the last seven decades of life in Hull and exploring the city’s heritage and its characters.
Staged across the city centre, it will feature large-scale projections and illuminations onto buildings and the historic skyline, moving images and live performances, to tell the story of the last 70 years of the city’s life.
We are told the first night will also culminate in a stunning fireworks display over the Humber, accompanied by a specially created audio-visual soundtrack.
It certainly sounds a fantastic start to a year of celebrations for Hull, when we truly will have the opportunity to ‘tell the world’ about this great city, its historical significance and importance, and crucially, the massive role it can play for the UK moving forward.
Exciting Plans For 2017
As both Hull 2017 Business Club members, and as a proud business which has expanded nationwide whilst retaining its roots firmly in the city, our team at Hudgell Solicitors are keen to play a full part in the year ahead.
We have our own exciting plans ahead for 2017 which we look forward to announcing in the near future, and given our continued commitment to supporting communities across the city, we are excited about the legacy 2017 could leave for all who live and work in Hull. We should all be able to benefit from Hull’s year in the shop window.
Amongst the events announced today which immediately capture the imagination include a homecoming show for The Spiders from Mars, the hosting of the Turner Prize at the refurbished Ferens Art Gallery, and the Humber Bridge being transformed into a living piece of music by Opera North.
Setting out the programme, Martin Green, CEO and Director of Hull 2017, said: “Hull will share with the rest of the world what people from here have known all along – this city has contributed significantly to ideas that have changed and enriched the world.”
As Martin says, all of us in Hull already know that, but there is no better message to spread in 2017.
Exciting times are ahead.