XTRAX/ Freedom Festival 2019 Showcase

A contemporary vision of an outdoor arts festival, where digital performances stand side by side with dance, circus and street theatre.
  • Dates: 30 August - 1 September

Building on last year’s success, which attracted 129 delegates, we are partnering with Freedom Festival for the second time to bring our International Showcase to the former UK City of Culture.

Taking place from 30 August – 1st September, Freedom Festival is a blend of theatre, music, comedy, poetry, outdoor spectacle and performance aimed at a wide audience of all ages, bringing renowned national and international artists to Hull while providing significant opportunities for local and regional talent. Born out of the William Wilberforce commemorations in 2007, which celebrated the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade led by Hull’s most famous son, the annual Freedom Festival has evolved into one of the UK’s most distinctive international arts festivals. A commitment to presenting impactful work which explores themes of freedom such as, democracy, equality and protest set it apart from other comparable festivals, celebrating the city’s unique history whilst also engaging in a global conversation around human rights.

We invite you to spend three days in the context of this ambitious festival and see a rich programme of outdoor shows, learn about new models of working and meet with others working in the industry in a professional programme that will include talks, networking and pitching sessions.

What to expect

  • A programme of +30 world-class UK and international shows
  • 6 Without Walls 2019 Commissions
  • Large-scale Nighttime shows
  • Community projects
  • Full programme to be announced soon.

Professionals programme – a sneak preview

With details to be confirmed, you can expect another high-calibre event including….

  • Panel discussions
  • A Festival launch event
  • XTRAX Shorts
  • Formal and informal networking opportunities

Find out more about last year’s success.

The XTRAX / Freedom Festival 2019 Showcase is supported by Arts Council England through National Lottery Project Grants

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XTRAX / Freedom Festival Showcase 2018 Show Reel
I really enjoyed my first experience of XTRAX and left Hull feeling really inspired and full of ideas and people to contact for our 2019 shows.
Amy Grundy, Festival Assistant, From The Fields Ltd
I learned to know better the UK outdoor arts, with a surprising number of groups which are bringing very nice work.
Jan Victoor, Director, De Gevleugelde Stad Ieper, Belgium


Hull, United Kingdom