Where January was a little sparse in terms of activities, February in Hull is packed full of events. It is well and truly kicking off!
1 – 12: TAXI – An Exhibition by Mike Harvey
Over on Princes Dock Street, photographs taken inside taxi cabs are being showcased for all to see.
1 – 28: Marine Art – Mandy Barker
Photographer and artist Mandy Barker has travelled the globe taking pictures of the sea, but did you know she was born in Hull? This year she returns to host an exhibition at The Deep filled with her work.
2 – 31 December: The City Speaks
Concocted by artist Michael Pinsky, the tidal barrier has been transformed into an electronic, “21st-century Speakers’ Corner” where your words will be translated into text and will scroll down the huge structure. Funny story, the other night I went for a drive with a guy I’d met in a takeaway to see this thing but apparently it’s not on at 2am.
3 – 22 March: COUM Transmissions
The origins of COUM Transmissions are explored in this unprecedented exhibition of the Cosey Fanni Tutti and Genesis P-Orridge archives.
4 – 26: It’s Now Or Never
Throughout February, Kingston Art Group Gallery on Humber Street will be home to an exhibition full of work that has never been seen before, as well as new pieces from Kingston Art Group members. Apparently, these pieces will never be showcased again – hence the name.
7: Avalanche Party/ Blackwaters/ Strange Bones
The Sesh has apparently moved to The Polar Bear (?? Used to be involved in The Sesh but had no idea ??), and will feature Avalanche Party, BlackWaters and Strange Bones.
11: Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair
For £2 per person you can take part in the multi award-winning Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair at Hull City Hall. There will be 40 stalls packed with of vintage fashion, homeware and collectables, all of which will be on sale. There will also be a tea room where sweets from the Secret Cake Club will be served on vintage China, plus a retro makeover stand by Hair Majesty.
11 – 26: Tropical Reefs
Back at The Deep, their Lagoon of Lights feature will finally be open to the public.
12: Level Up
Towards mid-February, the Junior Adults Theatre Company will present Level Up – a play written by Georgia Nelson at The New Adelphi Club. According to Hull2017, Level Up takes place in a world where young people “earn points based on aspects such as job progression, relationships, personal health and commercial contributions, with each young person striving to earn enough points to reach their target by the time they turn 25.” Iiiinteresting.
12: Cult Cinema Sunday – Wild At Heart
Do you love laughing at Nicolas Cage’s face? Do you want to laugh at Nicolas Cage’s face with other people? Of course you do! Head over to Cult Cinema Sunday to watch David Lynch’s Wild At Heart.
14: Her Screening & Panel Discussion
I’m not entirely sure where Middleton Hall is, but they will be screening Her on Valentine’s Day this year. Spike Jonze’s futuristic film features Theodore Twombly, a dude who likes tech a little too much. At 6pm, the panel debate For the Love of Humanity: Being Human in an Age of Artificial Intelligence will begin and you can all argue with each other.
16: Roderick Williams and Christopher Glynn – Schubert’s Winter Journey
Also at Middleton Hall, Baritone Roderick Williams will be performing Schubert’s Winterreise alongside pianist Christopher Glynn.
17: Sean O’Hagan & Friends – We Start Counting
Sean O’Hagan, of The High Llamas, will be paying homage to Basil Kirchin’s work as part of the Mind On The Run festival. Hull’s own Liam van Rijn, also known as Revenu, will be supporting O’Hagan with a set of live and electronic music.
20: Josie Long – Something Better
Optimism and hope are the main features of Josie Long’s show, so if you’re looking for a pick-me-up head over to The Fruit Space at 7.30pm.
24: Laugh out Loud Comedy Club
The comedy club is back and this month four new comedians will be coming together to make you laugh out loud.
25: Philharmonic Orchestra
Karl Jenkins will be performing his new piece specifically for Hull UK City of Culture 2017, as well as Ravel’s Piano Concerto In G and Saint-Saens’ Symphony No 3 ‘The Organ Symphony’.