Professional Programme

  • Dates: 29th August - 1st September, Hull

The Freedom Festival Professional Symposium 2019 – The Art of Unconventional
Thursday 29th August and Friday 30th August

Arts professionals, artists, urban planners, policymakers, and technologists from across the globe will converge to explore the interface between art, technology, communities, urban design and health and wellbeing. They will consider the ubiquitous nature of art in public space, the rise of socially engaged artistic practise and the impact of emerging and smart technologies on our everyday landscape and consider how do we build extraordinary places where people thrive?

To register your place and find out more visit the Freedom Festival website

Opening Reception
Friday, 30th August – 5:30 pm – 7 pm

Guildhall, 77 Lowgate, Hull, HU1 2AA

XTRAX Shorts – Saturday, 31st August | 10 am – 12 pm

Showcase Hub, 66 to 68 Humber Street, HU1 1TU

XTRAX Shorts is our signature brand of artists pitch sessions where artists and companies give imaginative presentations about outdoor projects in development to an audience of UK and international festival and event representatives, producers, and others working in the sector. XTRAX Shorts is followed by networking, providing those in attendance with the opportunity to find out more about these projects.

XTRAX Shorts supports artists by giving them the chance to present a project to people who can potentially commission, present or support it in other ways including in-kind or low-cost provision of rehearsal space, mentoring, or advocacy. For festival programmers and event producers, it complements the showcase programme by providing them with an additional chance to network, and find out about new work. Projects presented as part of XTRAX Shorts have often gone on to be supported, commissioned or booked by those in attendance.

The following projects have been selected to present: 

Bureau of Silly Ideas – Garden of Curious Amusements
Enter Edem – Un Dia
Ramshacklicious – Club Geek
Murmuration Arts – Nightlights
Tit for Tat – Books!
Wired Aerial Theatre – Wave
Cultural Assembly – Up My Street
Middle Child Theatre – Living Here (working title)
Kapow Dance – Mayfly
Full Tilt Aerial – Nexus
Luke Jerram Ltd – Of Earth & Sky

International Newsround – Sunday, 1st September | 10:15 am – 11:45 am

Showcase Hub, 66 to 68 Humber Street, HU1 1TU

We will host an informal networking session where will invite promoters to share information about their projects. We will also invite some of our international colleagues to share information about any opportunities for UK artists to get involved. If you are a promoter, we will ask you to speak briefly about your festival and/or events, upcoming opportunities and ways to get involved. Feel free to bring promotional material to share as well.

Drinks at the Fruit Market, 66 to 68 Humber Street, HU1 1TU – Every day 
Join us and other delegates after a busy day to relax with a drink


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.



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