Hull was only the second city to hold the title of UK City of Culture and the first in England. The year-long celebration, which reached over 4 million people, was 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 delivered an inspiring programme throughout the year including the bp cultural vision series, an exhibition of bp portrait commissions at the University of Hull, and the bp Big Screens of opera and ballet. Around 22,000 people came along to take part in these events.
In collaboration with the University of Hull, bp enabled a series of lectures designed to spark reflections about culture. Featuring luminaries from the UK arts world, they took an intimate look at the creative journeys of several high profile people. Audiences heard about the challenges and obstacles that were faced and how this shaped them into the person they are today. Speakers included: