Hull will host a major arts and culture event next month.
IETM Hull 2019 will bring the international performing arts community to the city for a programme of performances, talks and workshops.
IETM – a worldwide network of more than 500 performing arts groups and artists from more than 50 countries – has chosen the city for its first meeting of all its members in the UK since 2010.
From 28 March to 31 March, 10 diverse performances exploring the subject of inclusion, including dance, comedy, immersive theatre and spoken word, will take place in venues across the city.
It will feature local and national talent including Middle Child, Candoco Dance Company, Scottee and Ad Infinitum.
The event is produced by Absolutely Cultured in partnership with Arts Council England and the British Council with support from Hull City Council, Creative Europe, Flanders State of the Art and Visit Britain.
Absolutely Cultured has produced an artistic programme showcasing award-winning local artists. It will include the latest Middle Child play, Us Against Whatever, while Silent Uproar will perform its 2017 hit play, A Super Happy Story About Feeling Super Sad.
Katy Fuller, Absolutely Cultured’s creative director and CEO, said: “We’re delighted to unveil the programme for IETM Hull 2019 as we prepare to welcome the international performing arts community to our city.
“Hosting the IETM meeting is fantastic news for Hull. These events are recognised as occasions where new international partnerships are fostered, working practices are shared and the host region and country has the opportunity to showcase what is exciting and unique about its performing arts sector.
“The subject of inclusion in arts and culture is fascinating and rich and gives us a huge amount to discuss, debate, challenge and celebrate over the four days. We will also enjoy showing our international colleagues what a brilliant city Hull is, with local artists hosting dinners and city walks alongside the main programme.”
Delegates will explore art in the city, across venues including Hull Truck Theatre, The Guildhall, Ferens Studio, Hull New Theatre, City Hall and the Maritime Museum.Keynote speakers include Sade Brown, an award-winning social entrepreneur and founder of Sour Lemons, which addresses the lack of diversity in leadership within the creative, cultural and social sectors, and British theatre-maker and comedian Jess Thom, founder of Touretteshero.
Tickets go on sale on Friday 22 February and are available from Hull Truck Theatre Box Office. Get more details or register for a place here.