UK City of Culture

At Hull, Culture is in our DNA.
Come and be part of something spectacular.

Inspiring culture for almost 90 years

Creativity lives and breathes at the University of Hull – always has done, always will. It’s central to what all universities do, but at Hull, we’ve always been a keen supporter of the arts and culture, be that on our own campus, or in the wider city. For example, we've once again sponsored the city’s biggest festival, Humber Street Sesh.

That’s why we’re ecstatic to be a Principal Partner of Hull 2017 UK City of Culture. UK City of Culture is awarded to a different city every four years, and this year, it’s our turn to shine. Not only does it bring a huge economic boost to the area, but it also brings a year-long programme of spectacular events, and the chance to get involved with some truly incredible opportunities.



Grab every opportunity

Not only are we putting on a show-stopping array of performances and exhibitions, but we’re also giving our staff, students, and the wider public fantastic opportunities to get more involved.

Opportunities include volunteering to help run our events, providing tech and operational support, or actually taking part in performances.

We also have a number of thriving creative societies, like the Performing Arts Society, Drama Society and Music Society, which are making the most of this special year.


Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy a state-of-the-art concert hall.

When it comes to culture, we’ve put our money where our mouth is with a £9.5 million investment in our all new Middleton Hall, turning it into a world-class concert venue, and creating brand new recording studios that are rivalled only by Abbey Road.

And that’s on top of the £28 million spent on completely revamping the Brynmor Jones Library. It now houses a brand new art gallery space that has played an integral part throughout 2017, playing host to exhibitions curated by the National Museum, and the National Portrait Gallery.

Campus highlight


Larkin: New Eyes Each Year

Featuring his love of music, unseen letters, photography and personal possessions, Larkin: New Eyes Each Year explores connections between Larkin’s life and work in Hull and the writing that led to him being described as Britain’s best loved poet.

Brynmor Jones Library

Until 1 October


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Inspired by the Korean May 1980 Democratic Uprising, ONE DAY, MAYBE conjures a kaleidoscopic dreamscape where live performance, installation and pioneering technology combine to create a vividly dystopian vision of a world spinning thrillingly out of control.

Hull City Centre

1 Sep - 1 Oct, Various times

£10 - £18.50

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Get in touch with us

Want to know more about how you can get involved, or how you can work with us? We’ve set up a special City of Culture Campus 2017 Office to manage the planning of this unique year.

You can get in touch with Marianne Lewsley-Stier, Head of the Culture Campus, at the contact details below.