• POSTED:09/02/2018

I’ve been excited about Hull for quite some time. And I am not alone.

Having visited with the Northern Heartlands team in November 2017, it was hugely heartened to dip a toe in those rich cultural waters and witness what successful arts projects feel like. It is truly inspirational to witness how they embraced the City of Culture opportunities, happenings and legacy with such energy, vision and enthusiasm that.

Hull UK City of Culture 2017 was a 365 day programme of cultural events and creativity inspired by the city and told to the world. Hull secured the title of UK City of Culture 2017 in November 2013. It is only the second city to hold the title and the first in England. Divided into four seasons, this nationally significant event drew on the distinctive spirit of the city and the artists, writers, directors, musicians, revolutionaries and thinkers that have contributed to the development of art and ideas.

The Culture Company (set up to deliver the Hull 2017 programme) raised £32 million, with over 70 partners supporting the project, including public bodies, trusts and foundations and local and national businesses.

Key contributions came from: Host City – Hull City Council; Principal Partners – Arts Council England, BBC, Big Lottery Fund, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, KCOM, KWL, Spirit of 2012, Yorkshire Water and the University of Hull; Major Partners – Associated British Ports, Arco, BP, the British Council, British Film Institute, Green Port Hull, Hull Clinical Commissioning Group, MKM Building Supplies, P&O Ferries, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Sewell Group, Siemens, Smith & Nephew and Wykeland Group. The National Lottery contributed more than £10m of this funding, making it the largest single funding body for Hull 2017.

So many people have helped make Hull UK City of Culture the success it is but what struck me most on our visit to the city was the pride and ownership shown by Hull’s people. To have such engagement from the community is to create a true legacy in Hull that will live on for many years to come.