Women explore sex discrimination in Hull’s music scene – 23/02/18

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An open meeting for women raised concerns of gender inequality and sexual harassment in Hull’s music scene, writes Danielle Hayes.

Make Noise Hull joined forces with The Warren Youth Project to hold an event to consult gig-goers, musicians and engineers on issues and barriers they have experienced.

The majority of the women who attended said they feel unsafe going to gigs alone due to harassment they have experienced.

Here’s what some of the women said they would like to change in the music scene:

The female group (Make Noise Hull) consists of Rosie Collins, Yaz Watson, Megan Thundercliffe, Jazz Harbord, Yssi Wombwell, Philly McAndrew and Katie Hayes, who are all young women passionate about music.

As well as talks amongst everyone who attended the event, there was also a panel of three female music professionals who shared their experiences of working in the industry.

The panel members were Emily Dawson who is a freelance stage manager and backline technician, Ali Hubbard who is a tour manager and involved in the production of Humber Street Sesh, and Hannah Lutkin who has worked in the live music/festival scene for the past 15 years.

The panel, which was held on Wednesday 21 February, gave the audience advice on how to start their careers, shared their views on the gender divide in the industry and said what changes they would like to see happen in the future.

Make Noise Hull plan to host another open meeting for women in six months time to reflect on what they have done and what changes have been made for women in the music scene.


Number of phones stolen in night clubs has risen in Hull – 02/02/18

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There has been an increase in the amount of clubbers’ phones being reported to Humberside Police as stolen in the past month, writes Danielle Hayes.

In January, the police had nine reports of thefts of phones which were taken from people’s handbags and pockets.

In the three months before that, leading up to Christmas, 13 cases were reported.

The thieves have stolen phones in Atik, Mission and Propaganda, which are all clubs based in the city centre.

Some clubbers said they’re always cautious with their phones on nights out, when they’re around other people. Here’s what they said:

We are still waiting for the night clubs affected to comment on the matter.

Humberside Police are urging people to protect their devices, click on the link to find out more information.

City of Culture 2017 Preview: Turner and The Whale Exhibition at Maritime Museum – 6/10/17

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A whaling exhibition featuring works by artist JMW Turner is being displayed in Hull city centre, writes Danielle Hayes.

For the first time in the UK, Turner’s three rare whaling scenes are together in the Maritime Museum, on Queen Victoria Square.

The features are being displayed alongside Hull’s own whaling collection, from when the city held the title of the UK’s largest whaling port.

Co-curator of the exhibition Professor Jason Edwards said the exhibition is a “chance for people to see great art on their doorstep without having to travel to London”.

The professor from the History of Art department at University of York said: “We really raised our aspirations for the Maritime Museum, we put an ambitious programme together and this was going to be our climax so we thought big and we thought it doesn’t get much bigger than Turner.”

The exhibition is due to open to the public tomorrow, Saturday 7 October, and will be displayed until Sunday 7 January 2018.

Turner’s art will be complementing the Turner Prize that bears his name, which is being held this year at the Ferens Art Gallery.

Admissions are free to the exhibition and it is open Monday to Saturday from 10am until 5pm and on Sundays from 11am until 4.30pm. It is also open until 7.30pm every Thursday.

The exhibition is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, Hull 2017, UK City of Culture and sponsored by the NPS Group.

Create to Change project proven to be a success – 29/09/17

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A new project launched by Goodwin Development Trust, in Hull, has been deemed as life changing for young people, writes Danielle Hayes.

The trust launched the Create to Change project in May 2017, which encourages young people to work in the creative industry.

The project is an employment initiative targeting young people aged 16 to 29. It offers 51 people living in Hull paid work experience with small, creative local businesses for 12 weeks.

Kane Blythe, 22, who has started his placement as a gallery assistant at Queens Gallery Showcase and at Humber Street Gallery said he loves what he’s doing and it is what he wants to do in the future.

Mr Blythe and Thom Sheppard, 25, who is working as a marketing officer at Goodwin and as an artist development and merchandise worker at Warren Records, shared how they feel about being on the project:

The businesses on board with the project and offering individuals experience are Drunk Animal, The Warren, Thieving Harry’s, Larkin’s, Queens House, Pure Events, Humber Street Gallery, Brain Jar, West Hull FM, Dolly Day Dreams, Diony creative, Browse Magazine, Ambiente, Discs (bricworx), Drop point, Octovision Media and Simples Café.

Clive Darnell, Manager of FareShare Hull and Humber, who set up the project said his idea came from Hull being the City of Culture 2017.

Mr Darnell said: “I knew there was a lot of activity and business growth within the city and I noticed there was a lot of interest from young people to get involved with the creativity”.

Rachel Foster from Goodwin Development Trust, who enrols businesses for the project said a huge amount of young individuals and businesses have already shown interest in being part of the project in the next 12 week period.

She said: “I think over the next few months it is going to really kick off because we did a jobs fair thing at Britannia House on Tuesday and we got absolutely loads of people interested in joining the course, more people than we can actually take on”.


STORY: Campaign raises awareness of child sexual exploitation to schools across the region

School students from across the region have been taught how to spot the signs of sexual exploitation.

Not In Our Community, a campaign set up to raise awareness of child grooming, ran a youth summit at Hessle High School with 24 schools.

Around 150 school pupils took part in a day full of activities yesterday. The activities included watching videos and a performance by three Hessle High School students that told the stories of victims of child sexual exploitation. The students also received information from detective inspector Paul Welton and Charlene Kent from Corner House, who support victims and tackle the issue.

Campaign director John Gilbert said: “I think it’s our duty to make sure that young people are as best protected as they can be against people that mean them harm. When you’re growing up there’s so much to deal with and sexual exploitation is certainly one of the ugliest things that blights our society. So whilst a lot of work is being done with adults, a lot of work is being done with perpetrators, we need to better equip the victims as to how to do what they can to not be hooked into one of these terrible situations.”

The schools that participated in the event were Hull Trinity House Academy, Longcroft School, Ormiston Maritime Academy, Withernsea,Axholme, Baysgarth, Cottingham High School, Frederick Gough School,Ganton School, Headlands School andWolfreton.

Amy Knight, campaign manager, spoke more about the youth summit and what Not In Our Community do:


WOW festival to be held in Hull for City of Culture 2017

As part of City of Culture 2017, Women of the World (WOW) festival will be held in the city to celebrate women and equality.

WOW is an event made up of talks, activism, debates, music, film and comedy, that will take place between 10 -12 March.

WOW was founded in 2010 at Southbank Centre, London, and since then similar festivals have taken place across the world. The other continents that have got involved in the movement are Pakistan, Finland, New York and Sydney.

Across the weekend artist Alinah Azadeh will be working on a crafts instalment, in Hull City Hall, called Revolutionary Makers. This will entail people making badges, brooches, protest banners, clothing and sashes.

The artist, who has taken inspiration from the creative campaigns of the suffragettes and the growing movement of craft activism, told us more about her installment:


To Hull and Back 

A live performance of BBC Radio 4’s sitcom, starring comedians Lucy Beaumont and Maureen Lipma alongside the original cast.

This will take place at Hull City Hall on Friday 10 March, 7pm.

Tickets cost £10-15.


Bucket List

A theatre performance that tells the story of a Mexican woman’s fight for justice will be performed on Friday 10 March.

The show will take place in the Ferens Studio, in Ferens Art Gallery between 7.30-9.30pm.

Tickets cost £10-15.


Ethel Leginksa: The Musical Pioneer

An exhibition and concert will be held in Ferens Art Gallery about the first ever woman who conducted her own orchestra in a leading opera house.

The exhibition will highlight Ethel Leginksa’s achievements and share rare recordings of her work.

This will be open from 12-1.30pm on Saturday 11 March.


Club Wow

Hull Cheese, on Paragon Street, will be transformed into a nightclub featuring female DJs, on Saturday 11 March.

DJs involved are from The Welly Club, Spiders and Silhouette, as well as some of the cities new DJs.

The night will start at 9pm for only over 18s.


Now What?

A debate will take place in Hull City Hall bringing to light what needs to be done to make lasting changes for women.

The talk will take place on Sunday 12 March at 3.30pm


Weathered Estates

Hull University drama students, the Roaring Girls, will perform a playwright that tells the story of four women surviving the aftermath of war on Sunday 12 March.

The play, written by Zodwa Nyoni and directed by Amy Skinner, portrays the story of fleeing conflict, crossing borders and what it means to call somewhere home.

Zodwa Nyoni is a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2014-2015 and the winner of the Channel 4 Playwrights Scheme.

The performance will take place in Ferens Art Gallery between 3-4pm and 5-6pm.


Red Carpet screening: Viceroy’s House

A special screening of a newly released film starring Gillian Anderson and Hugh Bonneville will be shown on 12th March as WOWs closing event.

Gurinder Chadna (Bend It Like Beckham) directed the film that will be shown in Hull City Hall at 6pm.

Following the screening there will be a Q&A with the director and Amanda Nevill CBE, CEO of the British Film Institute (BFI).