The Freedom Festival started this evening (Friday 2nd September) and will run until 6pm on Sunday 4th September 2016.
The city of Hull is hosting the ninth Freedom Festival; an annual free music and live arts event celebrating Hull being the UK's city of Freedom and holds an established reputation as one of Hull and East Yorkshire’s largest, highest quality and most prolific arts events.
This is a very high profile event for the city, creating a lot of national and international media interest. It is expected to attract a large number of visitors to the area. The family fun event last year attracted over 114,500 unique visitors (independent audience evaluation figure).
To ensure the safety of all our visitors, Humberside Police has worked closely with the event managers. If you are visiting the festival this weekend, you will see specific event security and management of various functions.
Each performance arena will have a council appointed team of dedicated staff including a stage manager, security officers, volunteers, ambulance and first aid staff.
Under ‘normal’ circumstances the event will be managed by Hull City Council. The police will assume their statutory role outside the site perimeters as well as supporting the event security and management with various functions within the site.
Permission and arrangements have been made with Hull City Council to close some roads for public safety. Road closures will be by way of barriers and signage, and will be staffed at all times. Diversion Routes will be implemented and maintained by Event Marshalls.
It is reasonable to anticipate an increased level of demand on policing due to the significant levels of people visiting Hull City Centre during the events as well as information from previous years which indicate that there is an increase in alcohol related disorder and risks associated with large numbers of people.
Humberside Police Officers will be at the event across all three days and will be welcoming and friendly. If you need help or wish to pass on information to the officers on-duty, please have no hesitation in speaking to them.
Please note road closures will be at:
• Nelson Street – closed from now until midnight on Monday, September 5.
• Wellington Street - closed from now until midnight on Sunday, September 4.
• Humber Place – closed from now until Sunday at midnight.
• Queen Street from Humber Street – closed from now until Sunday at midnight.
• Humber Street – closed from now until Sunday at midnight.
• High Street from Liberty Lane – closed from now until 9pm on Sunday.
• Blackfriargate – closed now until 9pm on Sunday.
• Wellington Street West – closed on Friday from 8pm to 10pm.
• Dagger Lane – closed now until 9pm on Sunday.
• Princes Dock Street – closed now until 9pm on Sunday
With an increased amount of visitors expected into the city and numerous road closures in place, please allow extra time for traveling over the weekend and care when enjoying the event.
Make life harder for thieves. It is advised you should only take essential valuables with you, to prevent any potential opportunistic thieves taking your belongings.