Glenn Burgess, Acting Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hull, said: “The Culture, Place and Policy Institute is a key part of the University of Hull’s role as a strategic partner – and exclusive academic research partner – of Hull 2017. Research undertaken at the Institute will help make Hull a blueprint for future cities of culture, inform future policy across the globe and provide advice to key stakeholders. Our interim findings show that Hull’s City of Culture year - and the people and organisations that are contributing to it - is demonstrating extraordinary success so far. We look forward to unveiling a full report next year.”
Martin Green, Director of Hull 2017, said: "As we approach our third season Freedom, it goes almost without saying that this year has been quite a ride already. There's been an incredible response to the cultural programme and we are thrilled that 9 in 10 people living in the city have tried at least one cultural activity. Let's not forget, this is just a snapshot - there is plenty more to come and we hope people will continue to try things out, not just this year, but beyond 2017. Of course, none of this would be possible without the vision of the council, which successfully bid for Hull to become UK City of Culture, the support and collaboration of partners and residents, as well as the strong community of artists that will continue to ensure it remains a vibrant cultural centre."
Councillor Stephen Brady, Leader of Hull City Council said: “With six months still to go, it’s wonderful to see the difference UK City of Culture has made to Hull and how residents and visitors alike are responding to the amazing arts and culture we’ve seen across the whole city. The year is achieving everything we could possibly have hoped for and more – from increasing pride and participation to raising the profile of Hull and improving the economy. My thanks go to everyone involved in making it happen and to all of the residents, volunteers and visitors who have already made 2017 such a memorable and game-changing year for Hull.”
The research data include in-depth consultations that have taken place with local and national external stakeholders, evaluation of the main programme events and a residents’ survey. The research was carried out by the University of Hull’s CPPI which examines the impact of culture on a wide range of areas including economy, health, civic life, tourism and a city’s image, identity and pride.