January 2017 in Hull is bound to be special, as it's when our year as UK City of Culture finally kicks off. We've been waiting ages for this, counting down the days until Hull can show the world what a wonderful, cultural and interesting place it is to live and visit. The first month is jam-packed full of fireworks, heritage, arts, film and music, so what are you waiting for?

In With a Bang

Although the tickets to the epic firework display at Hull Marina have now sold out, you'll probably be able to see them from a few places in the city. At 20:17 on Sunday 1 January, Hull's sky will light up with fantastic colours and sparkles. This will mark the beginning of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, and set the scene for an exciting and vibrant year ahead.


To commemorate Hull's rich whaling heritage, visitors to the Hull Maritime Museum will be able to catch a glimpse of a Greenland Right Whale (fondly nicknamed Bowhead). The lifelike audio visual installation, created through a collaboration between The University of Hull and Hull School of Art and Design, will demonstrate the best of the area's musical and design talent.

This exhibition is open 10am-5pm Mon-Sat and 1:30pm-4:30pm Sun.

Made In Hull

Within the first seven days of the New Year, Hull will reminisce over the past seven decades. Experience the city in a whole new way, as the streets light up and buildings are illuminated with the story of its people. The trail will uncover Hull's heritage, through harrowing tales from the Second World War and nostalgic legends of the thriving fishing industry. It's completely free and suitable for all ages, so take the whole family and immerse yourselves in some rich culture.

Lines of Thought

The Brynmor Jones Library at The University of Hull presents a spectacular exhibition of some of art's most prominent masters. The work has been loaned from the British Museum, so this really is a once in a lifetime chance to get a glimpse of these masterpieces in Hull. Featuring drawings from the last 500 years, including those of Rembrandt and Michelangelo, this is a must-see in January 2017.

The exhibition is open from 10am-7pm Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm Sat and 11am-4pm Sun.  

Hull Charters

In 1299, Hull was granted its first Charter. It was the same year that King Edward I bought the settlement of Wyke and created Kingston upon Hull, recognising it as an important spot after years of use as a port. The Charters, which will be on display at Hull History Centre from January, show how the people of Hull were granted rights, privileges and responsibility. They are the foundations of how we live as citizens today.

The Oska Bright Film Festival

Coming to Hull Truck Theatre on Thursday 19 January 2017 is The Oska Bright Film Festival. The celebration presents international films, created by or featuring people with learning disabilities. The incredible UK-wide event is also managed and presented by a team of ten individuals with learning disabilities. For just £4 you can join in the fun and watch some amazing films.

For more information, please visit the Hull 2017 website.

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