After a sorely felt two-year absence, the Hull Maritime and Folk Festival is back!
Hullensians will be at liberty to experience this calendar busting event over the weekend of September, 9th-11th in Hull City Centre completely free of charge.
Festival goers will be treated to a folk and maritime extravaganza; one can expect to be enthralled by the cultural cadence of folk music, or perhaps try their hand at traditional activities like folk dancing, instrument making, and even songwriting. Of course, all this is sure to work up an appetite which will be satisfied by a myriad of expected food and drink stalls.
The previous Hull Folk and Maritime Festival, hosted in 2019, was a success. Highlights include the flotilla of historical barges and boats displayed on the Hull Marina as well as the three main stages which attracted reputable artists such as Sam Martyn, The Caistorways, Tim O’Connor and many more. If this festival is anything to go by, the one this year is something you do not want to miss out on.
This years’ festival is being laid on by Folk in Hull, a charitable organisation whose aim it is to promote and preserve the heritage of folk and roots in Hull. Readers may be aware of Folk in Hull from their frequent music sessions at local pubs The Minerva and The Whittington & Cat. If you are interested in helping Folk in Hull, they welcome donations and volunteers via their website.
Hull is well-suited to a festival of this kind with the city bursting at the seams with folk and maritime history. A quick glance across the waterfront tells the story in a nutshell; the city’s symbiotic relationship with the deep blue sea is readily apparent given the proximity of the Humber Estuary and North Sea.
Additionally, signs of Hull’s trading relationship with Europe and historic fishing industry stand proudly across the waterfront as does the Siemens wind turbine factory which will, hopefully, propel Hull’s proud maritime identity far into the future.
Folk too flies high with sessions being held on the regular and the city is able to boast of three fabulous folk songs, namely: Hedon Road Gaol, The Dalesman’s Library, and The Beggar Wrench of Hull.
Naturally, events such as these require plenty of funding and although Folk in Hull are being helped by Hull City Council and Hull Culture and Leisure, as part of their long-standing partnership, a GoFundMe page has been created with all proceeds going towards this year’s festival.
For more information check out their website here: www.folkinhull.org.