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Reflecting on a week of culture and robot doodles…

Reflecting on a week of culture and robot doodles…

As I’m writing this we’re half way into another week, brimming with events and cultural happenings across the city. To be in a position where there are quite simply too many things going on, to cover even a small fraction of them, is pretty amazing. As well as art exhibitions and instillations, music events and an eclectic assortment of live theatre, interactive shows and new venues popping up we’ve also seen the unveiling of the stunning mirror pools near Hull Minster.

The Big Malarkey 2017

The Big Malarkey 2017

Having the opportunity to take part in book festivals and shows is always fun. It's one of those rare opportunities as an author and artist that I get to work with people, face to face. It's also an opportunity to teach kids (and families) of all ages how to draw.

Celebrating women, girls and equality in all of its forms…

Celebrating women, girls and equality in all of its forms…

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.

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.)

Changes to the city will have an impact beyond cultural circles…

Changes to the city will have an impact beyond cultural circles…

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.

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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