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.

Delegate Bags and Name Badges collection

Bags and badges will be available to collect at the Reception (Hull Guildhall) on Friday 6 – 7 pm, and at the Showcase Hub on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 12 pm. 

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 28 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

  • Over 30 world-class UK and international shows including Foreign Tongues by Liquid Loft (AT); The Great Escape by Adhok (FR); SESSION by Still House, Empire Sounds and Steppaz (UK); Gregarious by Cie SOON (FR); Vespaqua by Swoolish Garage (NL)
  • 6 Without Walls 2019 supported shows: On Edge by Justice in Motion, Congregation by Ray Lee, Boing by Plunge Boom, Wild by Motionhouse. My House by Apocalyptic Circus, Catch Me by Upswing
  • A large-scale nighttime show: Bivouac by Générik Vapeur
  • Community projects including the Hull International Carnival and Freedom Chorus
  • A live music programme that includes Drizilik; Natty Bo & The Top Cats and East (Martin & Eliza Carthy with Sheema Mukherjee, Duotone and Ewan Wardrop), The Turbans and more.

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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For more information

For more information about our showcase with Freedom Festival contact: info@xtrax.org.uk

Our Videos

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


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