Friday 3 – Sunday 5 May
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Immerse yourself in spinning tales of alchemy and legend from the East and West, brought to life with spellbinding theatre, magic and wonder.
In the hour between twilight and dark, restless souls appear – in the echo of a song, a rumble of thunder, a trick of the light.
They flicker in the treetops and travel through hidden tunnels. West to East, East to West, anchored in the North. From the magical Alleys of East Hull to the Witches Circle in Birkenhead.
These souls take sanctuary in two enchanting parks and keep alive the memories of all that’s gone before.
The Witching Hour is a brand-new outdoor performance commissioned for Hull and Wirral – two amazing locations each using culture to breathe energy into place and connect communities.
In 2019, whilst Absolutely Cultured continues to build on the success of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, Wirral became Liverpool City Region’s 2019 Borough of Culture.
Designed to connect people and inspire imagination, the performance explores stories of local wise women, magical mythical characters and childhood memories from East Park in Hull and Birkenhead Park in Wirral. The Witching Hour will immerse audiences across the country in a unique and shared experience, weaving a story between the two locations.
Keep an eye on our social media channels and website for updates and further information about the event.
The Witching Hour by Periplum
Commissioned by Absolutely Cultured and Wirral Borough of Culture 2019.
Produced by Absolutely Cultured
Installation view, 2020. Jamie Crewe, Solidarity & Love. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2020. Photo by Jules Lister.
Jamie Crewe, Solidarity & Love
Proboscidea Rappings, Ollie Dook
Wrapping, Nnena Kalu
Frances Disley, The Cucumber Fell in the Sand. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. ©Jules Lister
Frances Disley: The Cucumber Fell In The Sand
Jade Montserrat: Instituting Care
Ella Dorton, Journey to the Centre of the Couch (Couches & Other Good Ideas). Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. © Jules Lister
Journey To The Centre Of The Couch (Couches & Other Good Ideas), Ella Dorton
The Witching Hour
Keisha Thompson: Man on the Moon
IETM Hull 2019 Artistic Programme
Measures of Life by The Lumen Prize for Digital Art
A Duckie Summer Tea Party / LGBT50
Installation view, 2020. Lucy Clout, ZZZ. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2020. Photo by Jules Lister.
Lucy Clout, ZZZ
Dance Exchange Hull
© Chris Pepper
Hull Takeover: Previews
Image: Athena Papadopoulos, A Tittle-Tattle Tell-a-Tale-Heart, courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist 2019. © James Mulkeen
A Tittle-Tattle Tell-a-Tale Heart, Athena Papadopoulos
Suki Seokyeong Kang
Place To Place: Liverpool Biennial Touring Programme
Jamie Reid XXXXX: Fifty Years of Subversion and The Spirit
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Act VII: Land of Green Ginger
John Grant's North Atlantic Flux: Sounds from Smoky Bay
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The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca
Equanipolis, Aniara Omann
Image: Installation View. Mike S Redmond and Faye Coral Jones (MSR FCJ), Ecstatic Rituals.
Emerging Cultural Leaders Mobility Bursary 2019 - Information Event
PRS Foundation New Music Biennial 2019
Image: Cut, Humber Street Gallery 2019. ©James Mulkeen
Cut, Richard Houguez & Graham Jones
Candoco Dance Company Face In by Yasmeen Godder Photography by Hugo Glendinning
IETM Hull 2019 Plenary Meeting
Urban Legends: Northern Lights
Home Town Story
It Takes a Village