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11th July 2018

Hull College is teaming-up with this year’s Freedom Festival to give the next generation of leaders and creatives the chance to be involved in one of the city’s biggest arts events.

Students will be able to take advantage of unique work experience opportunities during the three-day event which takes place from 31 August to 2 September 2018.

The college building itself will also be the focal point of spectacular aerial theatre performance Substratum, which will use the Tower Block walls as a stage.

Jenny Howard-Coombes, Executive Director and Joint CEO of Freedom Festival Arts Trust, said: “Working with Hull College helps us to engage the incredibly important youth audience and enables us to add value by offering different experiences for young people."

“They are the next business and creative leaders of the city and sharing these opportunities is an important part of how we build a legacy that goes beyond the three days when the festival is running.”

Catering students will provide food for the festival’s hundreds of volunteers, crew and artists, under the supervision of curriculum leader Ian Sneddon.

Other students will benefit from mentoring from the Freedom Festival team and some will also work directly for the event as volunteers.

Michelle Swithenbank, CEO of Hull College Group, said: “By working with the festival, our students will have the chance to further develop the skills they need for future jobs by gaining real-life experience at an international arts event taking place on their doorstep."

“The college has been part of Hull life for many years and allowing a performance to take place at our building will also help us reach the wider community."

“We hope this will encourage them to find out more about our courses for 14 to 16-year-olds, school leavers, adults and those looking to study at higher education level.”

Substratum is a multimedia spectacle combining acrobatic dance and projection. There will be two performances at the college taking place on the Friday and Saturday evenings of the festival.

Set to a contemporary electronic score, performers move between worlds, walking, leaping and flying off the college building’s walls, while the surface of the building is transformed between the element states of earth, water, space, light, and air.

Freedom Festival was launched in 2007 to commemorate anti-slavery pioneer William Wilberforce and has since established itself as the city’s annual festival celebrating creative expression and community."

Ms Swithenbank said: “We have a very visible reminder of the city’s contribution to the cause of freedom in the shape of the William Wilberforce monument outside our building."

“It is therefore particularly fitting that the site is being used for the festival and as the only city centre college, we have an important role to play in events like these."

“Drawing people to the building is also a way of highlighting college events and services which are open to the public, such as the HU1 restaurant and the Brodrick Gallery."

Freedom Festival 2018 takes place from 31 August to 2 September 2018. Visit the festival’s new website to find out more and how you too can support Freedom Festival:  www.freedomfestival.co.uk