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Quest to build a written and oral history of all that is Hull……

Quest to build a written and oral history of all that is Hull……

Hull is a place with a bright future, thanks in no small part, to the numerous changes and developments we’ve seen take place over the last few years. The things that make Hull the city it is however, are based in it’s past. They are attitudes and stories that have grown from the city’s rich and compelling history, it’s people, the families that have called Hull their home and those who we have welcomed, and said farewell to as they leave, often carrying a piece of Hull in their heart.

Food festival’s success shows new hunger for special events…

Food festival’s success shows new hunger for special events…

This week saw the first Hull Street Food Festival draw in over ten thousand people, who filled the newly refurbished, regenerated and revitalised Trinity Square and made a part of town that has for many years been neglected, feel vibrant and exciting. The bustling festival was just the latest in a long line of events and exhibitions in recent months that showed how far Hull has come, and how far it is going as a result of being named City of Culture.

Worldwide musicians singing from the same song sheet…

Worldwide musicians singing from the same song sheet…

Next month sees a stunning audio-visual production coming to Hull in the form of Addictive TV’s Orchestra of Samples. Having spent the last five years filming, sampling, collating and editing pieces from over 200 musicians from across the world, Addictive TV – the joint alias of audio/video remixers and electronic artists Graham Daniels and mash-up guru Mark Vidler (aka Go Home Productions) have combined those pieces to create what is effectively a super-group, consisting of artists who have, in most cases, never even crossed paths.

At the moment there is no place like Hull for excitement…

At the moment there is no place like Hull for excitement…

As the city centre bids farewell to the stunning installation that was The Blade, we welcome more art in the form of the incredible, moving and poignant installation that is the Weeping Window. A cascade of thousands of brilliant red hand-made ceramic poppies can be seen pouring from a window high up on the Maritime Museum, to the ground below, inviting viewers to consider the huge sacrifices made by British and Colonial soldiers during the First World War. Hull becomes the latest city become home to the sculptural installation by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper as audiences are asked to consider, discuss and reflect upon the legacy of the First World War and indeed, subsequent wars.

I can’t wait to see what Hull’s young people can create…

I can’t wait to see what Hull’s young people can create…

Young people in Hull aged 11-14 have been challenged to take part in a prestigious painting competition as part of a public art commission to be unveiled at Hull Central Library on 25 March. The competition is looking for anyone who fits into the age-bracket to get involved, no matter what their perceived artistic ability may be. This is about being creative, expressing ideas and taking part.

Dead Bod right at home in the transformed Fruit Market…

Dead Bod right at home in the transformed Fruit Market…

Another week, another plethora of cultural and creative goodies to be found across the city. Seeing the iconic Dead Bod on public display in the newly opened Humber Street Gallery is wonderful. It looks great in its new home where people are now able to fully appreciate the piece that has grown to represent Hull’s past, and future so well. Not bad for a piece of graffiti scrawled on some old corrugated steel.

We’ve only just begun, Hull

We’ve only just begun, Hull

We are one week in and it’s fair to say that the year has started in impressive fashion. The city centre is looking great, interesting and intriguing exhibitions have been popping up around every corner, the huge firework display that lit up the sky last week drew the attention of the world’s media and the audio-visual displays across the city have been nothing short of mind-blowing. (That’s no exaggeration, they have been incredible.)

Nice to know geek is very much chic thanks to festival…

Nice to know geek is very much chic thanks to festival…

<span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">This weekend sees a two day festival of all things sci-fi, geek, comic book, retro and fantasy descend on Hull's Guildhall in the form of Fantasticon 2016. Running for the whole weekend, the feast of comic books, retro gaming, cosplay and science fiction looks set to be bigger and better than last years offering, which drew in crowds of hundreds of people from across the city.</span></span></span>
<p class="western"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">I've written before of my love for comic books and science fiction, so for me, the more of this kind of event in Hull the better. The fan-base for comics and sci-fi is huge and growing by the day, thanks to the ever expanding comic book universes on TV and in films over the last few years. For those of us who have spent their lives reading and collecting comics it's nice to know that geek, is very much chic.</span></span></span></p>
<p class="western"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Fantasticon, this year, has an impressive mix of book readings, presentations and live music to accompany the ever present trade stalls and exhibitions. The likes of Drew Wagner, Stuart Aken and John Scotcher will be reading from their books alongside science fiction author, BBC reporter and self confessed technology geek, Kate Russell. If you're attending on Sunday make sure to get there before midday to hear about upcoming book launches and the dedicated Litfest.</span></span></span></p>
<p class="western"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">One aspect of Hull's culture that is often overlooked is the rapid growth of video games and technology companies in the city over the past decade. Hull has embraced the sector, with a number of start-ups entering the market and making waves. As a city we boast award winning computer games writers and software developers who are gaining much deserved recognition, so the see a large presence for gaming and technology at the event is refreshing. Check out the Holotech and 3D printing showcases and be sure to drop into the dedicated Virtual Reality room.</span></span></span></p>
<p class="western"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">No comic-con or science fiction event would be complete without the ever present Cosplayers, and this is no exception. In fact, at Fantasticon, those wishing to embrace the culture and dress as their favourite characters or comic book figures are rather well catered for. As well as Cosplay panels there is a 'Cosplay Hospital, a dedicated area for those taking part to fix up their costumes and make-up.</span></span></span></p>
<p class="western"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">If that's not enough to entice you to check out what's on offer then two simple words should do the job. Nerf War! Find out more at fantasticon.co.uk or on Facebook at facebook.com/FantastiCon2016</span></span></span></p>
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