Grow Festival 2017 to take part in artist exchange with Hull-Freetown 2017

In line with their commitment to introducing audiences around the world to the best of UK creativity, the British Council is organising Hull-Freetown 2017 as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, including an artist exchange with Grow, our annual Artist Development Programme for artists of all ages and at all stages of their careers.

Put together in collaboration with Freetown City Council and the Hull Society, the programme builds on the long-standing civic links between the twinned cities with a series of cultural and educational projects.

Our annual Artist Development Festival, Grow, will go international this year by hosting emerging theatrical talent from Freetown and working with artists from Sierra Leone on new performances and installations.

Hull Truck Theatre and British Council Sierra Leone are working together to support 3 artists (theatre-makers) from Sierra Leone to increase their practical and entrepreneurial skills as theatre makers. We are looking to recruit preferably a writer, a performer (actor, singer, musician, composer, spoken word artist etc.)  and a theatre producer to participate in the project.

The selected theatre makers will visit Hull for 2 weeks. They will meet and work with artists connected to The Grow Festival and participate in workshops, watch performances, deliver skills sharing sessions and benefit from other cultural events in the city as part of Hull 2017. They will be fully immersed into the cultural life of the city.

In the autumn of 2017, three artists from Hull and the Associate Director of Hull Truck Theatre will make a return visit to Sierra Leone. They will work together with the three Sierra Leonean artists plus up to six new artists from Sierra Leone to create a scratch performance which will be shared informally at the end of the project.