Over 365 days, Hull UK City of Culture 2017 delivered a cultural programme consisting of more than 2,800 events, exhibitions, installations, and cultural activities across Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. Cumulatively, the programme was experienced 5.3 million times by audiences, with more than 9 in 10 residents taking part in at least one cultural activity in 2017.
A key focus of the Culture, Place and Policy Institute has been to evaluate and monitor the processes, outcomes and impacts of the City of Culture year. Our research has involved the analysis of data and insights collected by CPPI researchers in collaboration with colleagues across the University of Hull, and with Hull 2017 Ltd, other partner organisations and specialist consultants. The results are published in an ongoing series of reports and papers.
Beyond 2017, our work continues with the tracking of longer-term impacts relating to Hull's City of Culture designation. Such work sits alongside other emerging research areas, including the analysis of heritage threats and opportunities within mega-events in Europe, research and training related to community-led arts commissioning and the creation of a network to explore the interaction between arts and sport practices and policies.
Find out about this at our major conference – Cultural Transformations: What's Next? - on 19-21 November. As well as sharing findings from the evaluation of Hull Uk City of Culture 2017, we will revisit the notion of culture-led urban transformations from a UK and international perspective. Questions about immediate impacts sit alongside the investigation of longer-term implications, and the conference explores the challenges for Cities of Cultures to keep the transformative momentum going.