Arts Council awards £1.25 million to Hull City of Culture 2017 legacy company Absolutely Cultured

After delivering the City of Culture for Hull in 2017, Absolutely Cultured has now been awarded £1.25 million by Arts Council England to delivery an ambitious programme of cultural events until 2021.

The programme aims to cater for the city’s growing local audience and visitors, and continue to build upon the legacy of Hull 2017. 

Katy Fuller, Creative Director and Chief Executive of Absolutely Cultured said: “This is a fantastic endorsement of the aspirations for the company and the city. We’re delighted to continue to work in close partnership with Arts Council England to prove that the City of Culture status was a catalyst for long-term change in Hull.    

With this funding in place, we can continue to push the boundaries of the ambition of the work; we will be animating the city’s outstanding outdoor spaces, introducing audiences to work they have never seen before, through new commissions, and offering artists the opportunity to take risks and develop their work.”

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said “The tremendous success of the UK City of Culture has cemented Hull’s place as a centre for world class artistic and cultural events. So I’m delighted to confirm that the Arts Council will be investing a further £1.25 million in the city through a grant to Absolutely Cultured which aims to build on the achievements of 2017 and ensure that the people of Hull and visitors alike can continue to experience life-changing arts and cultural activities.” 

Large-scale events currently planned include Dominoes by Station House Opera (11 August) and Urban Legends: Northern Lights (29 November–2 December).

Dominoes by Station House Opera / Image: Absolutely Cultured


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