A Freedom tea party in Queen’s Gardens and big screen bonanza!

Freedom: Friday 2 - Sunday 4 September 2011

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Freedom, Hull’s annual celebration of the arts, will present a spectacular mix of entertainment for all the family in Queen’s Gardens this year including open air cinema- featuring everything from family classics to cult teen favourites- children’s theatre, en-masse ballroom dancing, and classic movie sing-a-longs!

The Freedom Gardens programme runs on the evening of Friday 2nd September from 4.30pm and from 10.30am into the evening of Saturday 3rd September the British premiere of The Cow-Go-Round and its Mooh Organ.  This magical, musical and magnificent mechanical cow carousel by performing arts company, Theatre de la Toupine is a combination of theatre, activities and a fairground ride for children that is powered by the parents! As part of the kiddies corner there will also be face painting, storytelling and craft workshops.

Architects of Air will install a huge Luminarium – a monumental inflatable structure whose maze of winding paths, soaring domes, incredible ambience and light are explored from within.  The Mirazozo structure will measure 55 metres long and joins Freedom as part of a global tour this year which has included shows at Sydney Opera House, Segovia (Spain) and Prague.

All the Freedom Gardens entertainment can be enjoyed for free with the exception of a nominal £3 entry fee for the Mirazozo.

Queen’s Gardens will also host the Freedom open-air cinema experience on Friday evening and throughout Saturday. A host of popular films and related entertainment will be showing throughout the day.

The Freedom open-air cinema experience begins on Friday afternoon with a selection of family favourites and teen hit flicks. The show starts with Babe, before Jack Black stars in School of Rock, and the evening ends with Scott Pilgrim vs The World.  The films will be interspersed with jumping DJ sets.

Saturday’s programme begins with Toy Story 3 then the audience will be given dance fever with the 1935 classic Top Hat, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.  Once inspired, the audience will get the chance to show off a few moves of their own at the Freedom Tea Dance – 45-minutes of foxtrots, quicksteps, cha chas and many more!

Abba fever comes to Freedom early Saturday evening when a host of stars including Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth appear on screen in hit film, Mamma Mia!, followed by a sing-a-long Abba tribute! The musical extravaganza reaches its peak with a special showing of a sing-a-long version of cult classic Grease

 Tickets for Freedom 2011 @ City Hall range from £6 on to £12 and can be purchased on-line at www.hullcc.gov.uk/hullcityhall; by calling 01482 300 300 (available every day between 10am and 10pm), or in-person at Wilson Customer Service Centre, Alfred Gelder Street, Hull – open Monday to Friday, 9am - 4.30pm, Saturday 9am - 12pm. Tickets are also available for Freedom performances at Hull Truck Theatre by calling 01482 323638.

Please keep checking the website for further programme updates and road closures: www.freedomfestival.co.uk

The following road closures will be implemented at different points between Wednesday 31st August – Tuesday 6th Sept. Please note that all times are in the 24 hour clock.

Hull City Centre
Wed 31st Aug (8:00) – Tues 6th Sep (12:00) : Guildhall Road (part) between Wilberforce Drive and Quay Street
Fri 2nd Sep (8:00) – Sat 3rd Sep (23:59) : Guildhall Road (part) between Alfred Gelder Street and Quay Street
Fri 2nd Sep (8:00) – Sat 3rd Sep (23:59) : Quay Street
Fri 2nd Sep (8:00) – Sat 3rd Sep (23:59) : Hanover Square (access only from Wilberforce Drive due to Quay St closure)
Fri 2nd Sep (21:00) – Fri 2nd Sep (23:59) : Queen’s Dock Avenue between Dock St and Alfred Gelder Street
Sat 3rd Sep (21:00) – Sat 3rd Sep (23:59) : Queen’s Dock Avenue between Dock St and Alfred Gelder Street
Thurs 1st Sep (21:00) – Thurs 1st Sep (23:59):Paragon Street (part) between Chariot St and Carr Lane
Fri 2nd Sep (21:00) – Fri 2nd Sep (23:59) : Paragon Street (part) between Chariot St and Carr Lane
Sat 3rd Sep (21:00) – Sat 3rd Sep (23:59) : Paragon Street (part) between Chariot St and Carr Lane
Fruit Market

Fri 2nd Sep (14:00) – Sun 4th Sep (08:00) : Humber Dock Street
Thurs 1st Sep (18:00) – Sun 4th Sep (08:00) : Humber Place
Fri 2nd Sep (14:00) – Sun 4th Sep (8:00) : Minerva Terrace
Fri 2nd Sep (14:00) – Sun 4th Sep (8:00) : Blanket Row
Fri 2nd Sep (8:00) – Sun 4th Sep (8:00) : Humber Street
Fri 2nd Sep (08:00) – Sun 4th Sep (8:00) : Wellington Street
Thurs 1st Sep (18:00) – Sun 4th Sep (8:00) : Nelson Street
Fri 2nd Sep (14:00) – Sun 4th Sep (8:00) : Pier Street
Fri 2nd Sep (14:00) – Sun 4th Sep (08:00) : Queen Street
Fri 2nd Sep (14:00) – Sun 4th Sep (08:00) : High Street (part) from Liberty Lane to Humber Street
For residents that will be affected by the Fruit Market closures, there will be parking available. The location of this car park will be confirmed shortly.

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