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Summary

  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

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Gearing up for BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend

Kofi's got early access to the festival site at Burton Constable!
Kofi's got early access to the festival site at Burton Constable, to see how preparations are going!

Weekly guide to what's on - 25th May

Back To Ours is back, plus a couple of ways to keep fit while being cultured!

Hull primary school children making City of Culture art installation

Kofi Smiles

BBC Face of Hull 2017

Hull kids are going to be working on a huge clay art installation, to be assembled in the summer.

See my full report here:

Manchester attack: Security being 'reviewed' at Big Weekend

Martin Green (pictured) from Hull 2017 has reiterated comments by BBC Radio 1 and Humberside Police saying safety is 'paramount' ahead of the Big Weekend festival this Saturday and Sunday.

It comes after 22 people were killed and 59 hurt in a suicide bomb attack at a pop concert in Manchester.

Martin Green
BBC

Our thoughts today are with the victims, their loved ones and everyone affected by this terrible attack in Manchester. The safety of event goers is always paramount and we are working closely with the team at Radio 1's Big Weekend and Humberside Police... A robust event plan is already in place and security arrangements will continue to be reviewed over the next few days."

Martin GreenDirector of Hull 2017

Manchester attack: Radio 1 carrying out 'full assessment' before Big Weekend

BBC Radio 1 have told us they'll be carrying out a full assessment with their partners ahead of BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend festival. It comes after 22 people were killed and 59 injured at a pop concert in Manchester.

It's BBC Hull's understanding that there is no plans to cancel the event at this stage.

Logo for BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend Hull 2017
BBC

Our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those affected by the tragic events in Manchester. The health and safety of everyone involved in Big Weekend is now our primary focus and we are carrying out a full assessment, with the police and our partners, of every aspect of the festival.”

BBC Radio 1

Kids, clay and culture

Hull kids are working on a huge clay art installation, to be assembled in the summer.
Children all over Hull are working on a huge clay art installation, to be assembled in the summer.

Manchester attack: BBC Big Weekend will go ahead

BBC Radio Humberside

Humberside Police say they've met the organisers of BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend after a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured 59 at a pop concert in Manchester last night.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy McDyer says there will be an increase in the number of armed police officers but the event will go ahead:

Watch: Weekend guide for City of Culture

Kofi Smiles

BBC Face of Hull 2017

Didn't get a ticket for Radio 1's Big Weekend at Burton Constable this coming Saturday and Sunday?

No need to worry, there's still plenty going on in the City of Culture:

Stuff to do if you didn't get Big Weekend tickets

There's loads of great music events happening – we've got your weekend all planned out!
There's loads of great music events happening while Radio 1 is in town – we've got your weekend all planned out!

Pint of Science: Kofi's mystery night out

How do you put on an accessible, engaging event about the science of cancer research?
How do you put on an accessible, engaging event about the science of cancer research? We sent Kofi to find out.

Advice for young creatives from Radio 1's Huw Stephens and Greg James

Why you should sign up for BBC Radio 1's Academy, and advice for creative careers.

Hull kids unleash their poetic genius

"The imagination is underrated, it's the most useful thing that everybody's born with."
Hull schools are looking ahead to National Poetry Day in September, with a series of workshops by professional poets/

Rail boost for Hull City of Culture 2017 visitors

People visiting Hull for City of Culture 2017 will now be able to stay in the city an hour later thanks to a new train service announced today.

Hull Paragon station
Google

Launching on Monday, the new TransPennine Express service will leave Hull at 22:33 and call at Brough, Selby, Leeds, Dewsbury and Manchester Victoria.

Along with this, a 22:07 Hull to Leeds train is also being introduced on Sundays, calling at Brough and Selby.

Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition in Hull

A free showing of award-winning travel photographs has opened in Hull.

The Travel Photographer of the Year Awards is staging the outdoor exhibition at Princes Dock Street.

The show is part of the second season of Hull's year as UK City of Culture. Entitled Roots and Routes, it aims to celebrate Hull's role as a major port and its international connections.

The awards began in 2003 and accept entries from amateurs, semi-professionals and professionals.

Here are just some of the amazing photographs on show:

Fox on beach
Courtney Moore & TPOTY
Fox on a windy morning in Island Beach State Park, New Jersey, by Courtney Moore
Flatiron Building in snow
Michele Palazzo & TPOTY
New York's Flatiron Building in a snowstorm by Michele Palazzo
Bear playing in Kamchatka
Marc Urso & TPOTY
Young bear cub playing with a stick in Kamchatka by Marc Urso

Weekly guide to what's on: 18th May

Fancy a spot of meditation, or a musical about Jekyll and Hyde? Look no further!

The world caught on camera in Hull

Kofi Smiles

BBC Face of Hull 2017

One of the world's leading photography awards will have its first public showing in Hull from tomorrow.

Young girl
Joel Santos

Travel Photographer of the Year will stage an outdoor exhibition of the winning shots from last year's awards as part of Hull's Roots and Routes season.

Joel Santos from Portugal claimed the prize last year with the picture above.

People from over 120 countries entered the competition and photographers from 21 countries featured among the winners.

You never know, if you pop along to the exhibition it might inspire you to enter the 2017 awards.

The exhibition is open from 18 May to 30 June on Princes Dock Street.

Radio 1's Big Weekend: No tickets left for Walton Street buses

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

Better hurry up and book your transport for Radio 1's Big Weekend at Burton Constable.

Tickets to get the buses from Walton Street have all gone now.

You can find more information about how to book here.

View more on twitter

Watch: Katie gives Newsround a tour of Hull

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

When you hear Katie you may recognise her voice.

She's one of the narrators of Height of the Reeds, an art installation created by Opera North for Hull's City of Culture celebrations.

Now, Katie is taking BBC Newsround on a tour of Hull to show off some of its best bits: 

Ten things you didn't know about the Humber Bridge
Explore the facts and figures behind the mighty Humber Bridge with Kofi Smiles - the BBC Face of Hull 2017.

Watch: Just how much do you know about the Humber Bridge?

Kofi Smiles

BBC Face of Hull 2017

It's a symbol of Hull and used by thousands of people everyday...

But what do you actually know about the Humber Bridge?

I wasintrigued myself, so decided to do a little research.

So, here are some little-known facts about our region's most famous landmark:  

Landmark Weeping Window sculpture dismantled

A sculpture featuring thousands of handmade ceramic poppies which was installed in Hull to commemorate those who died in World War One is now being removed.

Weeping Window was on show at the Maritime Museum in the city centre as part of the City of Culture celebrations.

It was part of the poppy installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, which was created to mark the centenary of World War One and was originally at the Tower of London in 2014:

View more on twitter

10 things you didn't know about the Humber Bridge

Here's Kofi with some little-known facts about our region's most famous landmark.

Weekly guide to what's on - 11th May

Watch if you're a fan of film, a devotee of dance, or have an affinity for Holy Trinity!
Watch this if you're a fan of film, a devotee of dance, or have an affinity for Holy Trinity!

Radio 1 Academy aims to inspire Hull teenagers

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

Tickets for BBC Radio 1's Academy in Hull have been released but there's still some up for grabs!

It's a week of workshops, music, events and celebrity Q&As designed to give 16 to 19-year-olds the tools, info and inspiration they need to succeed in a creative career. 

There will be performances from acts including Bastille, You Me At Six, Creeper, Will Joseph Cook, Louisa Johnson and our very own Calum Scott. 

Here are the stars of Radio 1 to explain more:

View more on twitter

Mysterious pop-up performance in East Park

Kofi Smiles

BBC Face of Hull 2017

For four nights, the spooky local legend of the '7 Alleys' was brought to life. Did you see it?

It's produced by a company called Green Ginger Fellowship, they're planning a series of pop up events across the City of Culture year.  

Bridlington Spa to host the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

Bridlington Spa will welcome the world-famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the summer to celebrate Hull being the UK City of Culture 2017.

Against the backdrop of the sea, the orchestra, led by "Captain" Tim Steiner will play a selection of music inspired by the sea.

Royal philharmonic orchestra
BBC

Tickets are available now and you can find more information through the Bridlington Spa box office.

Mysterious pop-up performance in East Park

For four nights, the spooky local legend of the '7 Alleys' was brought to life.

Last minute preparations for parade

Hayley Ritchie

BBC Local Live

Hull's Orchard Park community are making their final preparations for a parade this weekend. 

The Extraordinary Orchard Park Parade workshop
The Extraordinary Orchard Park Parade

People living on the estate have been taught for free how to make giant puppets and stilt walk by professionals. 

The project has been funded by the Hull 2017 Creative Communities Programme. 

The Extraordinary Orchard Park Parade will take place at 14:00 tomorrow on the Orchard Park Estate.

Watch: Hungry for some culture?

Kofi Smiles

BBC Face of Hull 2017

Here I am again with a few ideas of what you can do in the UK City of Culture. 

There's also an unmissable opportunity for creative young people.

Richard III returns to Hull

Hayley Ritchie

BBC Local Live

Tonight sees the opening of a production of the Shakespeare play Richard the Third at Hull Truck Theatre - and it's making headlines. 

Mat Fraser as Richard III
BBC

Lead Mat Fraser is said to be the first disabled actor to play the role of theatre's most famous disabled villain. 

It also marks the 25th anniversary of the Northern Broadsides theatre company, which started life putting on the very same play in the city's boatshed. 

Hull 2017: What's on this week

Kofi Smiles

BBC Face of Hull 2017

A guide to the best in visual art, music and theatre - plus an unmissable opportunity for creative young people:

Kofi Smiles has all the details for this week in the UK City of Culture

Artists reunite to create 'mystery moth' for auction

Anne-Marie Tasker

BBC Look North

Two artists who met in Hull and ended up working on opposite sides of the world have been reunited in the city this week to put the finishing touch to the eagerly-awaited Amy Johnson Festival moth auction.

Moths waiting to be auctioned
Ascough Associates

The new piece will be the only one created by the pair to be put up for auction. Their other designs were both purchased by their sponsors as the moth trail closed in March.

Mystery Moth will be the 26th and final lot to go under the hammer when Hull-based Gilbert Baitson Auctioneers and Valuers set up a sale room at The Royal Hull Hotel this Saturday.

The proceeds from the sale will be split between the HEY Smile Foundation and the Amy Johnson Arts and Engineering Awards.

Weekly guide to what's on - 4th May

The best of this week's events, and an unmissable opportunity for creative young people.
The best in visual art, music and theatre - plus an unmissable opportunity for creative young people.

Crowdfunding attempt to secure Sea of Hull artwork

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

A campaign is underway to raise £16,000 to buy a piece of artwork from Spencer Tunick's 'Sea of Hull' installation. 

Sea Of Hull
FERENS ART GALLERY/SPENCER TUNICK

Three works have already been purchased by the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull and will be added to the permanent collection, its hoped the fourth will be secured through a crowdfunding campaign. 

Members of the public and art lovers are being asked to vote for their favourite photo from the collection. 

Turner Prize shortlist to be revealed

Anne-Marie Tasker

BBC Look North

The shortlist for this year's Turner Prize is being announced this morning. 

Ferens Art Gallery
LORNE CAMPBELL

The Prize will be hosted at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull this year as part of the City of Culture year. 

Since it was set up in 1984, the Turner Prize has become one of the best-known visual arts prizes. 

Each year, four artists are shortlisted, and the prize awarded for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation in the preceding year. 

Damien Hirst, Grayson Perry and Antony Gormley have all won the Turner Prize in the past

Where Are We Now? - what to expect from the three-day festival

Scottish arts collective 'Neu! Reekie!' are bringing a unique cultural festival to Hull.
Scottish arts collective 'Neu! Reekie!' are bringing a unique cultural festival to Hull on 2-4 June. Kofi went to the launch event back in November to find out more.