Hull City of Culture Gets Underway With a New Year Bang
Hull City of Culture 2017 officially launches with major new commission ‘Made in Hull’
New Year in Hull underway like never before as city embraces City of Culture status
Hull’s historic year as the UK’s City of Culture is underway. It began on January 1st with the not-to-be-missed ‘Made in Hull’. This is a journey through almost 100 years of the city’s history with curation by documentary film-maker Sean McAllister. The first night of Made in Hull included ‘In with a Bang’, a spectacular fireworks display over the river Humber fired from two barges.
“Local and international artists”
Inspired by the city, its history and people, artists for ‘Made in Hull’ use large-scale projection, soundscapes, site-specific art installations, animation, archive material and interactive live performance to transform iconic buildings, streets, the skyline and other public spaces around Hull’s city centre.
The team behind ‘Made in Hull’ includes acclaimed Hull-based writer Rupert Creed; production designer Ala Lloyd, who worked on the London 2012 Games; lighting designer Durham Marenghi, renowned for work ranging from the Diamond Jubilee to the Rio 2016 Games; and BAFTA and Ivor Novello Award winning composer and sound designer Dan Jones.
They have worked with a variety of local and international artists to weave narratives from the last century in exciting, magical and breathtaking ways, with the city itself providing a unique and evocative canvas.
“Music from bands and musicians from Hull”
The pyrotechnic display for ‘In With A Bang’ was by Titanium Fireworks and accompanies a film from Hull poet Shane Rhodes, filmmaker Dave Lee and musician Steve Cobby of Fila Brazillia fame. Plus there is a video mix celebrating the sounds of the city from VJ DJ Cheeba. This features a specially compiled soundtrack of music from bands and musicians associated with Hull. There was pre-show entertainment with music from Linda Levantiz, who runs the famous Bonny Boat pub and screen content.
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