Let the Hull and Humber buzz begin!
It only seems five minutes ago since we were tweeting, Facebooking and blogging about Hull being crowned City of Culture 2017. As soon as the news broke on November 20th, a wave of excitement swept across the region.
It may be another three years away, but the city has got so much to look forward to already – especially with recent announcements on both the corporate and cultural fronts …
Just last week, we heard that Siemens had signed a deal to bring Britain's first major offshore wind turbine manufacturing plant in Hull. The £80million assembly plant will be based in the east of the city and will create thousands of jobs for the area.
The Humber region is already one of the country's leading areas for the renewable energy industry, with 20 new wind energy projects now underway. However, the news from Siemens will really help establish Hull as a “global energy city” and a leading green energy hub.
The news is a major boost for Hull, which has beaten off stiff competition from ports in the UK and on the continent. It has created positive energy and momentum around the city, which is only going to build and enhance business here.
As far as creativity and culture is concerned, we don’t have to wait until 2017 to see talented acts take to the stage…
The inaugural Assemble Festival is taking place on Saturday 3rd May, and will see seven theatre companies showcase newly-commissioned works in various unusual locations down Newland Avenue. Live street art and performance will also take place throughout the day.
This week, we also discovered that the popular Humber Street Sesh festival is returning to Hull this summer. Attracting more than 40,000, the event showcases a whole host of local talent and celebrates the diversity of Hull’s creative community. Visitors can enjoy bands and musicians, street performers and market stalls when the event returns on Saturday 2nd August.
And, of course, we’re not forgetting Hull’s annual Freedom Festival, which is taking place from September 5th to 7th. This three-day extravaganza promises an eclectic mix of music, dance, theatre, poetry, visual arts and comedy for all ages to enjoy.
Finally, on a sporting front, we’d like to wish Hull City AFC all the best for this weekend’s match against Sheffield United. Hoardes of fans will be heading down to Wembley on Sunday 13th April to watch the Tigers in the semi-final of the FA Cup, which is creating a huge buzz in the city. And, if they are successful in qualifying for the European Cup, will bring even more people from across the continent to our thriving region at, what is, an exciting time. Up The Tigers!