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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 May 2017

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Pride celebrations continue in Hull

In case you didn't know, the first national LGBT pride event took place in Hull at the weekend - and hot on its heels the Duckie art collective returns shortly to close a week of celebrations.

Tea party image
Almass Badat

The collective is due to hold a free Summer Tea Party this Saturday in Queen Victoria Square and will feature tea and cake served by Duckie MC Amy Lame and her hostesses.

The celebrations mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK and are part of Hull's City of Culture 2017.

Martin Green, director of Hull 2017, says the tea party will be "a fabulous family-friendly feast of colour, costume and choreography":

Duckie opened our LGBT celebrations in sensational style and the closing day will be an equally exuberant experience."

Martin GreenDirector of Hull 2017

First ever UK Pride event hailed a success

Organisers of this year's first ever UK Pride event, which was held in Hull at the weekend, say they couldn't have asked for more from the spectacle.

Crowd gathers for UK pride in Hull

About 40,000 people came to watch and take part in the parade and outdoor concert.

Fifty floats with models of LGBT icons including singer Freddie Mercury, actor Sir Ian McKellen and actress Pam St. Clement were carried across the city.

A concert featuring Mark Almond and Sonia then took over Queen's Gardens.

Pride in Hull coincides with the City of Culture celebrations and marks 50 years since the start of the decriminalisation of homosexuality.

Talks are already beginning into what the city will do for the event next year.

Celebrating 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK.
It is part of celebrations marking 50 years since the start of the decriminalisation of homosexuality.

The first ever UK Pride comes to Hull

Celebrating 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK.

Hull's volunteers show chief exec the ropes

David Harrison

BBC Radio Humberside

Hull's City of Culture volunteers will get a new recruit this weekend - the Chief Executive of Arts Council England.

Darren Henley will pick up his uniform tomorrow morning for a day of volunteering with the 2017 team.

City of Culture volunteers

Royal Ballet tickets sold out

Anne-Marie Tasker

BBC Look North

People have been queuing since before 05:00 this morning for tickets so see the Royal Ballet at Hull New Theatre.

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The tickets which went on sale at 10:00 this morning have now sold out.

It's been 30 years since the Royal Ballet have been to Hull and their performance will launch the re-opening of the revamped Hull New Theatre.

The Forest at East Riding Theatre

How do 20 young people create a brand new play in just two weeks? Here's how...

Head of Hull 2017 to put on Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Martin Green
Edinburgh's Hogmanay

The man who is leading Hull's City of Culture year is going to co-ordinate one of the biggest New Year's Eve celebrations in the world.

Martin Green has been announced as the new executive producer of Hogmany in Edinburgh at the end of the year.

He'll work on the project during his annual leave from his City of Culture role.

Weekly guide to what's on - 20th July

There's so much on this week; here are a few of the highlights!

A look ahead to LGBT 50 season

Here's some of the highlights of this mammoth fortnight of culture!
Here's some of the highlights of this mammoth fortnight of culture, celebrating 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK!

The sculpture made of children's hopes and dreams

The 'Pipe Dreams' project sees children to collaborate on this massive artwork.
The 'Pipe Dreams' project sees primary school children decorate pieces of pipe with their hopes and dreams. This is the result - the 'Dream-O-Matic'!

Warning - Contains Strong Language!

Hayley Ritchie

BBC Local Live

Tickets for the BBC's very own Hull City of Culture Festival are available from next Monday.

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Contains Strong Language is a four-day festival celebrating the very best in poetry and spoken word, featuring some of the world's most renowned artists including Kate Tempest, John Cooper Clarke and The Unthanks.

It will open on National Poetry Day on September the 28th, in association with the Humber Mouth Literature Festival.

Find out more here.

How well do you know the City of Culture?


Our friends at BBC Newsround have created a quiz to find out how much you know about the UK City of Culture 2017: Hull!

It well test your knowledge on everything from Hull phrases to food.

You can take the quiz here.

Hull graphic

Watch: Martin Green confirms he will step down in spring 2018

David Burns

BBC Radio Humberside

Martin Green has confirmed he will leave as CEO of Hull City of Culture in Easter 2018.

It was revealed as part of a hot seat phone-in this morning, in which Martin faced a whole host of City of Culture related questions.

You can watch the full hot seat interview below.

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Born into a City of Culture

Hayley Ritchie

BBC Local Live

Approximately 6,000 babies are born at Hull & East Yorkshire Women's and Children's Hospital every year and this year, to celebrate Hull UK City of Culture 2017, each arrival is being documented in a huge piece of artwork.

Nurses and new mum at Hull Women and Children's Hospital
The first piece of artwork was put up on display in March this year

Every baby born at the hospital this year is having their footprint added to a unique piece of art.

The artwork is being displayed on panels in the foyer at the hospital and next week’s installation will mark the halfway stage of the project.

A new postcard celebrating the births will also be available at the installation on Tuesday 25 July.

Rainbow police cars unveiled

David Harrison

BBC Radio Humberside

Humberside Police have unveiled two new police cars in Queen Victoria Square today, which when parked side by side, form a rainbow - a symbol of LGBT Pride.

Police cars

It’s all part of the of the City of Culture’s Challenge Hull initiative, which invites organisations to set weekly challenges for people to take part in and share on social media with the hashtag #ChallengeHull.

The challenge for this week was set by Pride in Hull to ‘make a rainbow.’

The first UK national Pride event takes place in Hull on 22 July.

Police cars with Pride in Hull team

Humber Bridge celebrates birthday with listed status

James Piekos

Reporter, BBC Hull and East Yorkshire

The Humber Bridge is one of nine structures from our area being awarded listed status today.

It's being designated Grade 1 status, 36 years to the day since it was officially opened by The Queen.

The Tidal Barrier, Philip Larkin's former home and the statue of the first mayor of Hull -- William De Le Pole -- are among the eight other sites to be listed (below)

The Humber Bridge

  • Renowned poet Philip Larkin's house (32 Pearson Park) - Grade II listed
  • Tidal Surge Barrier, Humber Street - Grade II listed
  • Western Cemetery grave of Edward Booth, railway fireman whose death spurred new train safety measures - Grade II listed
  • Homes of J Arthur Rank and Alfred Gelder, 365-371 Holderness Road - Grade II listed
  • Edwardian-style public toilets with art nouveau features, Nelson Street - Grade II listed
  • St Michael and All Angels Church, Orchard Road - Grade II listed.
  • Standidge Buildings - late 19th Century warehouses, Chapel Lane - Grade II listed
  • Statue of William de-la-Pole, Nelson Street -Grade II listed
Humber Bridge given Grade I listed status
It is one of nine places being listed to celebrate the heritage of Hull - UK City of Culture 2017.

Shortlisted cities for City of Culture 2021

Take a closer look at the five cities in the running to be the UK's third City of Culture.

Booking a holiday? Why not try the Costa Del Wiv

Kofi Smiles

BBC Face of Hull 2017

The artist behind this installation hopes to convince people that Withernsea is "one of the UK's best kept secrets".

Costa del Wiv

Withernsea is "one of the UK's best kept secrets", according to artist Richie Culver.
The artist behind this installation hopes to convince people that Withernsea is "one of the UK's best kept secrets".

Hull gets an open-top bus tour

Kofi reviews the Hull Explorer, the latest way to see the sights in the City of Culture.

BBC's Director General to receive honorary degree

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

This afternoon the BBC's director general, Tony Hall, will receive an honorary degree from the University of Hull.

Tony Hall

The university say they want to honour the cultural leaders and creators who have contributed to the arts during Hull's year as City of Culture.

Before taking charge of the BBC Mr Hall was Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

Hull tour bus launches in city

Jonathan Willis

BBC Local Live

A new open-top bus tour is launching in Hull to celebrate its City of Culture year.

Hull Explorer

The Hull Explorer will run through the summer holidays starting from next week, visiting all the local sites including Queen Victoria Square and the Marina.

Hull Truck Theatre getting ready for jazz festival

Kofi Smiles

BBC Face of Hull 2017

The Snake Davis Band, who will kick-start this year's Hull jazz festival, have sent this tweet from the Truck Theatre as they carry out their sound check.

New York saxophonist Donny McCaslin will headline at Hull Truck Theatre on Thursday, July 13, with the band who performed on David Bowie’s final album, Blackstar.

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Exploring play at Humber Street Gallery

'States of Play' is all about possibility, freedom, game play, masquerade and wonder.
'States of Play' is all about possibility, freedom, game play, masquerade and wonder. It's interactive, immersive and family friendly.

Weekly guide to what's on - 13th July

It's probably best to just do what the robot says.

Seventies rock musicians to perform with young string quartet

Anne-Marie Tasker

BBC Look North

Musicians who played with David Bowie and Mick Ronson will perform with the next generation of Hull's musical talent as part of the City of Culture programme.

Mick Ronson
Hull 2017

A show called 'Turn and Face the Strange' will be performed at the Freedom Centre in Hull next month. It will feature young people in a classically-trained string quartet.

Co-writer, Rupert Creed, says the atmosphere will be very different to a regular show

This line-up means we can re-create the full Mick Ronson music experience from driving rock to melodic piano and strings, and do justice to his achievement and legacy as a mentor for the next generation of young musicians

Rupert CreedCo-writer, 'Turn and Face the Strange'

Hull Beats Bus

Meet the bus touring schools in Hull, teaching the basics of hip-hop.
This travelling hip-hop machine is touring schools in Hull, teaching rap, breakdancing, scratching, graffiti and more.

Watch: Celebrating the Hull 2017 volunteers

Kofi Smiles

BBC Face of Hull 2017

Well done Hull - 125,000 hours of volunteering given so far!

Watch: Inside the mind of Philip Larkin

Ben Horrigan

Digital Video Producer

A new exhibition at the University of Hull, where Larkin worked, gets under the skin of Hull's most famous poet.

Picture: Hull volunteers having fun in the fountains

Louise Wheeler

BBC Local Live

One of Hull's 2017 City of Culture volunteers, Suzanne, tweeted this picture today to brighten up a Monday morning.

She said: 'The pure joy of being one of the Hull 2017 volunteers. That's me in the fountains!'

Fountains in Hull
Suzanne Finn

Hundreds of people in Hull put themselves forward to be volunteers for 2017 to greet visitors and assist during Hull's time as City of Culture.

City of Culture: Famous Faces exhibition opens

Anne-Marie Tasker

BBC Look North

Art created by people on the autistic spectrum in Hull will go on display today.

An exhibition called Famous Faces of Hull opens at Kardomah94.

Pictures of Lucy and Kofi at the exhibition
Artistic Spectrum

A group called Artistic Spectrum are behind the project, Emma Wilson runs it, she says it helps benefit everyone who takes part.

It even features our very own Lucy and Kofi.