Friday 20 October 2017


The British Council - the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities today announced the Hull-Freetown 2017 Freedom Week.

The Hull-Freetown 2017 Freedom Week is a ten day programme of cultural, civic and educational activities celebrating creative links between the twinned cities and especially freedom in its different manifestations; freedom of expression, the need for freedom from modern day slavery and  support for human rights.

It aims to galvanise communities in both cities stimulating growth and skills in the creative industries, strengthening existing educational links and fostering new ones. Freedom is synonymous with both cities: Slavery abolitionist William Wilberforce was born in Kingston-upon-Hull in 1759, became its MP and was a key figure in the founding of  a free colony, Freetown in 1792.  Civic links between the two cities stretch back 38 years. Hull is UK’s City of Culture 2017 and the cultural programme for the year celebrates the unique character of the city, its people, history and geography.

Organised by the British Council in collaboration with Freetown City Council and the Hull Society, the year-long Hull-Freetown 2017 has featured specially commissioned films, art exhibitions, music workshops, theatre residencies. 

Simon Ingram-Hill, Country Director British Council Sierra Leone said “Hull-Freetown 21017 ‘Freedom week’ will be the high point of our year-long programme of educational, civic and  cultural links  centred  on the two cities. Hull 2017 has been a tremendous success already. Our ‘Freedom Week will show the strength of the British Council’s cooperation with Freetown City  Council and the Hull Society and our  various partners in Hull, not least with Hull 2017 itself and the Freetown Society.   It is a very exciting  programme with  a  great range of artistic and educational talent on display which we should all be proud of.  We will also get the chance to grapple with  the important issues of today, such as the fight for the environment and  against  modern slavery, both central  to the meaning of ‘Freedom

Ms Kenneh of the Freetown City Council said “There’s a lot to learn about the relationship between Hull and Freetown. Hull has been able to enable creativity and this has in turn made the city a better place to live in; we want the same for Sierra Leone. Arts is essential to the fabric of any society and the misconception of arts being for only drop outs should be changed

Over the next ten days, audiences will enjoy specially commisioned Films, Panel Discussions and Exhibitions across Freetown

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For more about the events, visit the British Council Sierra Leone website

The official hashtag for social media is #HullFreetown2017 and #UKWestAfricaArts



About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. Using the UK’s cultural resources we make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.


Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. The majority of our income is raised delivering a range of projects and contracts in English teaching and examinations, education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. Eighteen per cent of our funding is received from the UK government.