BP and Hull UK City of Culture 2017

BP was the first major corporate partner to support Hull UK City of Culture 2017 which launched on the 1st January this year. The vision is to deliver 365 days of transformative culture through an impressive range of diverse, high profile events and projects in which BP is playing a significant part

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Hull is only the second city to hold the title of UK City of Culture and the first in England. The year-long celebration is an unprecedented opportunity to show how much there is to Hull's story and to reveal the many new and exciting sides of both traditional and contemporary culture. From theatre, music and poetry to wind turbines and caravans, Hull has long inspired great ideas, great people and great artists.

The partnership with BP is also delivering an inspiring programme throughout the year.

BP cultural visions lecture series

In collaboration with the University of Hull, BP is running a series of lectures designed to spark reflections about culture. Featuring luminaries from the UK arts world, they'll be taking an intimate look at their respective creative journeys. Listen to the challenges and the obstacles they faced and how this shaped them into the person they are today, then be part of the conversation around a cultural vision for the future. Speakers include:

  • Sir Andrew Motion – poet, novelist and biographer who was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2009
  • Nick Cullinan – art historian, curator and director of the National Portrait Gallery in London
  • Kevin O'Hare – director of The Royal Ballet and former ballet dancer
  • Alex Beard – chief executive of The Royal Opera House
  • Sandy Nairne – director of the National Portrait Gallery from 2002 to 2015
  • St John Simpson – the British Museum's senior curator for pre-Islamic collections from Iran and Arabia
  • Ian Blatchford – director and chief executive of the Science Museum Group 

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