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  1. Live updates from Hull's year as UK City of Culture
  2. This page is updated with stories, pictures, videos and more as they are made
  3. Scroll back down the page to see what's happened so far in March 2017

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Renowned album sleeves exhibition honours Hull photographer

Pritti Mistry

BBC News Online

Renowned album sleeves produced by a Hull-born photographer have gone on display in the city.

Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells record cover was among a crop created by photographer Trevor Key.

He also worked with artists Jamie Reid on the Sex Pistols releases and with Factory Records designer Peter Saville on New Order's sleeves including Technique and True Faith.

New Order 'Technique' album cover
Peter Saville Associates and Trevor Key

A selection of Key's artwork is being shown at the Hull School of Art and Design.

Titled Trevor Key's Top 40, the exhibition also features sleeves he designed for OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark), German bands Can and Tangerine Dream, as well as comedy duo Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's Derek and Clive act.

Sex Pistols 'The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle' album cover
Jamie Reid and Trevor Key

Countdown to the Turner Prize

Kofi Smiles

BBC Face of Hull 2017

Just six days to go until the Turner Prize exhibition opens at Hull's Ferens Art Gallery.

The four shortlisted artists (pictured) will exhibit their work here in Hull from 26 September until December when the winner will be announced.

The four shortlisted artists
Hull 2017

The Turner Prize is renowned throughout the world and is given to an artist who's exhibited outstanding work the year before.

The four nominees are Hurvin Anderson, Andrea Buttner, Lubaina Himid and Rosalind Nashashibi.

Here's a preview of Hurvin Anderson's work:

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Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop with Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron, Renfrewshire's Provost Lorraine Cameron, and musicians Ron Jappy and Sean Grey

The town will be given financial support if it wins the UK City of Culture title in 2021, ministers say

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Major roadworks suspended for Hull Fair

David Harrison

BBC Radio Humberside

Major roadworks on Newland Avenue in Hull will be suspended next month to allow access to Hull Fair.

Hull Fair from the air.
HULL 2017

Newland Avenue is currently being resurfaced and the council says the work is ahead of schedule.

The decision's been made to temporarily reopen the road for two weeks from Monday, 2 October.

Weekly guide to what's on - 21st September

How you could get your photo on beermats in Hull pubs! Plus lots more cultural highlights.

Do You See What I Mean?

A talking guide dog, a dance routine with white canes, and a very important message.
This show, by the visually impaired group at the Northern Academy of Performing Arts, involves a talking guide dog, a dance routine with white canes, and a very important message.

Hull wont 'drop the ball' on securing culture legacy

Kofi Smiles

BBC Face of Hull 2017

The Chair of Hull City of Culture says they won't drop the ball on ensuring the year leaves a legacy.

Freedom Festival

Rosie Millard told BBC Radio Humberside they're raising funds to ensure 2017 continues to have an impact.

She says Hull 2017 has created a positive feeling in the city:

It has been just remarkable. The figures for public engagement have been astonishing. The joy in the city, you can feel it.

Rosie MillardHull 2017

Queens House Showcase: a hidden gem of Hull's arts scene

Being City of Culture and all, Hull has several art galleries. Why is this one different?
Being City of Culture and all, Hull has several art galleries of various shapes and sizes. We talked to artist Emma Garness about what makes Queens House Showcase different.
Hull-born dancer Demelza Parish performed in the world premiere of Heart's Furies at the opening of the New Theatre

The Royal Ballet's director- Hull-born Kevin O'Hare - choreographed the performance for the opening.

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Heading for Hull: Royal Ballet comes to UK's City of Culture

Victoria Holland

Journalist, BBC Look North

It's just 24 hours until a production by the world famous Royal Ballet marks the reopening of Hull's New Theatre.

Over the past 21 months, the theatre's undergone a £16m refurbishment, including the creation of a 90ft-high extension back stage.

Tomorrow night, members of the audience will take their seats for the gala opening of the new-look New Theatre:

What's on in the UK's City of Culture?

Kofi Smiles

BBC Face of Hull 2017

After a £16m makeover, the Hull New Theatre is set to reopen with a very special performance as part of the City of Culture 2017 programme.

That's just one thing coming up in the next few days. Here's my latest video to show you what's on offer this weekend.

How Hull became Britain's hotbed of ballet talent

Anne-Marie Tasker

BBC Look North

Hull is being recognised as a centre of world-class ballet talent after producing some of Britain's top dancers.

One ballet school has trained many of them. What's its secret?

Dyslexia in the spotlight at Hull art exhibition

An art exhibition showing people's experience of dyslexia is to go on show in Hull next month as part of City of Culture 2017.

Words falling off a cliff edge
Miranda Harr/The Dyslexia Portrait

Hull photographic artist Miranda Harr interviewed people from across the UK, including ex-football manager Sam Allardyce, BBC antiques expert Jonty Hearnden and soprano Anna Devin.

From these interviews she created images to represent each person's experience with the condition.

The Dyslexia Portrait runs from 2 October to 11 November at the Brynmor Jones Library at the University of Hull.

Weekly guide to what's on – 14th September

Highlights of this week's culture as Hull New Theatre reopens after a major redevelopment.

How a Hull car park became a gig venue

For one night only, George Street Car Park hosted a secret gig for Hull's young people.

Beer mats to display images of Hull

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live

Winning images in a photography competition will be displayed on beer mats in Hull's pubs and clubs rather than in an art gallery.

Beer mats
Getty Images

The Hull Beermat Photography Festival is part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

Entrants are being asked to send in images of Hull and East Yorkshire on social media and the winners will be selected by photographer Martin Parr.

The willing images will then be printed on beer mats to be distributed across the city later in the year.

Watch: Royal Ballet surprise for 91-year-old former prima ballerina

A former prima ballerina has been presented with two surprise tickets to the sold-out Royal Ballet performance at Hull New Theatre later this month.

Maureen Leathley started dancing at a school in Hull at the age of 10, before going on to the Royal Academy of Dance.

The 91-year-old and her 80-year-old carer were handed the tickets in recognition of her achievements and lifelong dedication to ballet.

Watch: Sneak peek inside mysterious City of Culture production

One Day, Maybe is the latest Hull 2017 event to have people talking.

It's set in an office complex in the city centre and is inspired by a democratic uprising in South Korea against a military regime in 1980.

Kofi Smiles got a sneak peak of the production and tickets are available on the City of Culture website.

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Watch: What's on in Hull this week

Here's Kofi Smiles with the latest guide to what you can get up to in Hull City of Culture 2017 over the next week. And it's all completely free...

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Hull's creepiest new installation

Kofi Smiles gets a sneak peek inside 'One Day, Maybe'. Are you ready for the maze?
Kofi Smiles gets a sneak peek inside 'One Day, Maybe' by dreamthinkspeak, experts in site-responsive theatre. Are you ready for the maze?

Children's poems to create a 'Song for Hull'

Hayley Ritchie

BBC Local Live

What do pattie butties, Amy Johnson, The Deep, William Wilberforce and the Bee Lady all have in common?

Well, apart from them being Hull icons, they all feature in a selection of poems written by primary school children for a new City of Culture project.

Here's a peek at one of them

A poem about Hull
Hull UK City of Culture 2017

Beautifully written!

The poems, by children from eight schools across the city, will be used to form a ‘Song for Hull’, which will be performed for the first time at Hull City Hall on Friday 20 October.

Weekly guide to what's on - 7th September

For bands, buses and beautiful art, look no further than the City of Culture.

New John Godber play to premier in Hull

David Burns

BBC Radio Humberside

Season four of Hull City of Culture will soon be under way in Hull, and one of the highlights is expected to be John Godber's new play The Kings of Hull.

The Kings of Hull
The John Godber Company

The comedy follows the lives of the King family across three generations, from life on the docks, to Hull prison, a Lottery win and success in the coal trade.

It features Hull actor Martin Barrass, who plays Malcolm King, and Pippa Fulton, who plays Malcolm's daughter Kealey.

The Kings of Hull will be performed at Hull New Theatre from Wednesday 27 September until Saturday 7 October.

Ferens to shut temporarily as preparations get under way for Turner Prize

Hull's Ferens Art Gallery closes to the public today as it prepares to host the Turner Prize exhibition.

Hull's Ferens Art Gallery

The gallery will re-open next Tuesday and the four shortlisted artists will display their work from the end of September until the beginning of January.

The winner will be announced at an award ceremony on 5 December.

Kofi Annan in conversation

Our very own Kofi Smiles interviewed his namesake, the former UN Secretary-General.
Our very own Kofi Smiles interviewed his namesake, the former UN Secretary-General, on his visit to Hull. Hear his thoughts on slavery, culture, and why he treated all UN staff equally.

Hull's 10th annual Freedom Festival

This cultural weekender explores freedom through a packed programme of arts events.
Inspired by anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce, this cultural weekender explores themes of freedom through a packed programme of arts events.

Freedom Festival: Haircuts by children, do you dare to go in?

Jonathan Willis

BBC Look North

As part of the Freedom Festival a shop has been opened up in the city centre, where festival goers can get their haircut..... by children.

Haircuts for Children
Ian Youngs

Hulll 2017 chairman Rosie Millard is one of the lucky customers to take a seat.

Roise Millard
Rosie Millard

This was the end result. Don't worry Rosie it looks like the heads behind you had a difficult experience.

Rosie Millard
Rosie Millard

Kofi's top 10 for Freedom Festival

Kofi Smiles

BBC Face of Hull 2017

With over 200 events planned for this weekend's Freedom Festival it can be overwhelming trying to decide what to see.

Here's my top 10 choices for the weekend:

Hull 2017 director Martin Green

Ian Youngs

Entertainment reporter

A leading playwright writes a City of Culture satire - commissioned by the organisers themselves.

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Ukranian folk opera kick-starts Freedom Festival

Pritti Mistry

BBC Local Live

An interactive musical theatre production highlighting the crisis in Ukraine has kick-started the Freedom Festival in Hull.

The festival is marking its 10th anniversary this weekend with hundreds of live music, theatre, poetry and street art performances set to take place across the city centre and on the marina.

A Ukrainian band playing trombone, trumpet and drums

Ukrainian production Counting Sheep: A Guerrilla Folk Opera, which started on Wednesday, and a lecture by former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan are among the highlights.

Others include a procession of giant giraffe statues in Queen Victoria Square by French theatre company Compagnie Off and a mass participatory dance show involving up to a 100 volunteers.

Theatre show

Organiser Mikey Martins says he wants to create a continental feel to the festival.

I love those European festivals where you're sitting there on the street at 10 o'clock or 11 o'clock at night and you see loads of kids and older people hanging out. I really want us to create that atmosphere in Hull"

Mikey MartinsArtistic director, Freedom Festival

Maxine Peake's play tickets about campaigner Lillian Bilocca going on sale

Jonathan Willis

BBC Look North

Tickets for a play written by Maxine Peake about safety campaigner Lillian Bilocca go on sale at 2pm this afternoon.

The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca
Hull Truck Theatre

This site-specific performance will lead audiences through Hull’s historic Guildhall, the Grade II listed home of Hull City Council.

It follows Lilly in 1968 as she and her friends dare to speak out and take action to improve the safety conditions for their men at sea.

Maxine Peake
Hull Truck Theatre

We hope our telling of this story about the extraordinary women from this extraordinary city will entertain and stimulate an outsider's view on a past community in a city that is very much alive and kicking hard!"

Maxine PeakeWriter and actor

Big events revealed for Hull's City of Culture season four

Kofi Smiles

BBC Face of Hull 2017

Hull 2017's Chief Executive Martin Green has taken to the stage to announce what people can expect over the next four months.

Martin Green

Here are some of the things we can expect over the next four months.

  • New plays from Maxine Peake, Tanika Gupta and James Graham commissioned for Hull Truck Theatre
  • Hull New Theatre will bring a John Godber world premiere, Opera North, Northern Ballet and National Theatre following its £16m rebuild.
  • Major public art commissions include the RIBA backed, 'A Hall for Hull' and Jason Bruges Studio's, 'Where Do We Go From Here?'

Maxine Peake talks about work of Hull campaigner Lillian Bilocca

Writer and actress Maxine Peake tells the audience about her plans to showcase the work of Hull campaigner Lillian Bilocca who fought for safer working conditions on the trawler fleets.

She said Lillian Bilocca was an amazing woman and a "fantastic presence."

Maxine Peake

Tickets for the work showcasing the campaign by Lillian Bilocca go on sale from 14:00 BST today.

City of Culture plans to 'go beyond 2017'

Kofi Smiles

BBC Face of Hull 2017

The man in charge of delivering Hull's City of Culture events has told an audience the next four months will celebrate successful contemporary artists.

Tell the World announcement

Martin Green, the Chief executive of Hull 2017, was speaking at the launch of Hull's season Four called "Tell the World."

He told people that they have plans for city which go beyond 2017 and will carry on for the next few years.

You can watch the announcement live here.

Tell the World will 'propel us into the years ahead'

Martin GreenHull 2017

New Maxine Peake play to premiere in Hull

Kofi Smiles

BBC Face of Hull 2017

A new play written by actress Maxine Peake is to honour a woman who battled to improve safety on North Sea trawlers.

Maxine Peak

Hull's Lillian Bilocca, known as Big Lil, led a campaign after three ships sank in 1968 with the loss of 58 lives.

Lillian Bilocca

The Hull Truck Theatre show in November will be part of the final season of events being announced for Hull's year as City of Culture.

Programme announced for Season 4

Here's Kofi with a few of the headlines.

Weekly guide to what's on - Freedom Festival

A special what's on guide with ten top tips for the tenth Freedom Festival.