Freedom Festival is now in its 12th year. Picture: Tom Arran
This year Freedom Festival celebrated its 12th year. Picture: Tom Arran

Stage is set for Freedom Festival 2019

The 12th edition of the award-winning Freedom Festival returns to Hull today.

Artists from across the world are converging to delight, challenge and mystify audiences with jaw-dropping circus, weird and wonderful street theatre, thought-provoking performances and talks, music from all over the world, and mischievous projects that engage all ages.

This year the festival is taking place over five days.

Mikey Martins, Freedom Festival’s artistic director and joint CEO, said: “This earlier start means audiences will be able to see extraordinary productions ahead of the busy weekend.

“It will also introduce a different rhythm to our festival experience, leading up to the big free outdoor programme across the weekend.”

Freedom Festival will take place over five days this year. Picture: Tom Arran

Freedom Festival will take place over five days this year. Picture: Tom Arran

The festival once again plays out in the city’s streets, squares and public spaces.

Mikey continued: “We don’t do headline act. We want audiences to find their own festival moments instead, whatever the size and scale. It may be a small intimate one-on-one show in a tent or a big spectacle with thousands of people dancing in the streets, there are so many moments audiences will experience that makes this festival so unique.”

Talent from across the world, from as far afield as Australia, Argentina, Catalonia and Belgium, are taking part in the festival.

Mikey added: “It has taken two years to get these shows here due to them being so in demand all over the world so I’d recommend people don’t miss out.”

Find out more about this year’s programme here

Circus Ronaldo will be back in Hull following a performance at Freedom Festival 2012.