BRITSH COUNCIL ANNOUNCES HULL FREETOWN FREEDOM WEEK
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