Audit, tax and consulting firm RSM in partnership with the Freedom Festival Arts Trust kick-started this year’s festival with a fundraising gala – setting the tone for the three-day festival across Hull.
The event welcomed business and cultural leaders to enjoy a range of unique entertainment including award-winning comedy troupe Slightly Fat Features while helping to support the Freedom Festival Arts Trust’s ambitious plans for 2018.
Andrew Mould, tax partner at RSM, said:
‘Last night’s event was the perfect way to launch a programme of creative expression across the city this weekend. The Freedom Festival uses art to promote powerful messages of freedom, equality and diversity, and last night’s entertainment harnessed this ethos. We are extremely proud to sponsor the Freedom Festival as its values align closely with our own and we look forward to another great event this year.’
Jenny Howard-Coombes, Executive Director at the Freedom Festival Arts Trust, said:
‘What a wonderful way to celebrate the launch of the 10th Freedom Festival, and I would like to thank our sponsors and supporters for their continued generosity. Art and culture has swept through the city and ignited a new audience. The difference this year is that people aren’t passing through – they’ve arrived.
‘For 2017 we’ve created a rich programme which not only explores themes of Freedom, attracting high profile speakers such as Kofi Annan and Blair Imani to Hull but one that is intricately woven with moments of joy, wonder and contemplation! Which people have come to expect and love about Freedom Festival.’
‘We’ve expanded into unusual spaces and places, as empty shops are transformed into galleries and concrete car parks become stages. Come join the conversation, debate, dance and continue to be surprised as you turn every corner.’ Jenny said.