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

5 must-see things at Freedom Festival

The award-winning Freedom Festival is back this week.

This year the 12th edition of the international arts festival, that draws performers from all over the world, is taking place over five days.

The huge programme includes a wide range of events and performances, the vast amount of which are free.

Here’s just five things that might grab your attention…

1. Fidelis Fortibus, Circus Ronaldo
Circus Ronaldo Tent, Queens Gardens
Thursday 6pm, Friday 5.30pm, Saturday 2.30pm, Sunday 2.30pm
£10 adults, £7 concessions

Award-winning circus legend Danny Ronaldo returns to the Freedom Festival after wowing crowds in 2012 with his comical and poetic circus performance. Learn more or book tickets here

2. Bivouac, Générik Vapeur
Hull City Centre
Friday 8.45pm until 9.45pm
Free

French street arts titans Générik Vapeur have been lighting up cities across Europe for 30 years with smoke, flame, oil drums and mayhem as an enormous troupe of blue men and women lay siege to the city. On Friday night their enchanting show hits the streets of Hull city centre in a spectacular procession that starts at Alfred Gelder Street. Learn more here

Générik Vapeur performing Bivouac in Great Yarmouth. Photo credit: JMA Photography.

3. On Edge, Justice in Motion
Princes Dock Street
Saturday 12.45pm and 5.30pm, Sunday 12.45pm and 5pm
Free

On Edge is a gripping story about modern slavery within the construction industry, told through physical parkour and compelling theatre. Learn more here

4. The Great Escape, Adhok
Humber Street
Saturday 12.30pm and 3.15pm, Sunday 12.30pm and 3.15pm
Free

What does it mean to grow old? Seven actors aged between 60 and 75 offer a poetic and fun promenade performance of theatre and dance, challenging our perception of old age, the fears it carries and the treasures it hides. Learn more here

5. The Beats Bus
Festival Gardens
Saturday 12pm until 6pm
Free

A regular fixture at Freedom Festival since 2017, the Hull Beats Bus will be on site throughout the festival weekend encouraging the city’s next generation to speak out about their hopes and aspirations through music. Learn more here

 

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