Over the last few weeks I’ve been fortunate enough to work with dozens of young people from across the city on a range of different projects. It’s been amazing to see the passion, creativity and drive of young people of all ages across the city. They are a clear indication that the future of the city, it’s art, it’s creative businesses and it’s music are in safe hands.
Earlier this week saw International Women’s Day being celebrated and embraced across the country, around the world and of course, in Hull. The day, which celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women everywhere also serves as a call to action for people everywhere to work together to accelerate equality and gender parity.
This weekend sees a range of activities and shows taking place across Hull as part of the WOW (Women of the World) festival. Since it’s founding back in 2010 at Southbank Centre, London, the movement has seen festivals hosted across five continents.
This year sees our own City of Culture join the rapidly expanding global movement which is based on the idea that an equal world is a better world for all of us. WOW is a celebration not only of women and girls but of equality in all its forms.
Earlier this week I attended a discussion at Hull University, for the launch of the Culture, Place and Policy Institute, featuring several key people involved in the Hull 2017 programme. There were a lot of very interesting points raised and discussed by the assembled panel, which included chief executive and director of Hull 2017, Martin Green and Darren Henley, the Chief Executive of Arts Council England and former Hull University student.
As someone who spends quite a lot of time travelling around the country, meeting creative people from all walks of life in some of the country's best cities, it's always interesting to hear people's opinion on Hull.
You may have noticed one or two changes around the city recently. Changes that begin to reveal some of the exciting developments happening all around us as we draw ever closer to 2017.