Hull’s a host city for Creativity in the UK

Hull’s landmarks will be transformed into canvasses for animations and cutting-edge projection as part of a 10-city celebration of creativity taking place across the UK in 2022.

Unboxed: Creativity in the UK will be staged across the country in 2022, and as part of the nationwide celebration Hull will host About Us, a combination of live shows and multimedia installations.

Taking place from 1 March to 2 October 2022, from the Outer Hebrides to Dover and from Omagh to Swansea, it will feature free large-scale events, installations, and globally accessible digital experiences in the UK’s most ambitious showcase of creative collaboration.

And Hull – the UK’s 2017 City of Culture – will see a variety of live shows and multimedia installations with animation, poetry, original music, and performance as part of About Us, one of 10 projects that make up the nationwide celebration.

It will transform buildings and landmarks in Paisley, Derry/Londonderry, Caernarfon, Luton and Hull into a canvas featuring bespoke animations, projection mapping, and a new score by composer Nitin Sawhney, performed by local choirs.

Billed as a ‘thrilling multimedia ride through 13.8 billion years of life, the Universe and everything in it’, About Us will be a free to view spectacular open-air event, which will also have an online element too.

Martin Green CBE, who was the chief executive and director for Hull’s tenure as UK City of Culture in 2017, is the chief creative officer for Unboxed.

He said, “Hundreds of creatives from across science, technology, engineering, arts and maths are creating extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime events and online experiences for millions in the UK’s biggest and most ambitious public creative programme to date.”

Unboxed is funded and supported by the four governments of the UK and is commissioned and delivered in partnership with Belfast City Council, Creative Wales and EventScotland.

For more details about the project see https://unboxed2022.uk

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Photo: We Are Hull, 2017 © Thomas Arran