From the 3rd of May 2021 to the 3rd of May 2022
With Freedom Festival Arts Trust, Hull, UK


On 3 May 2021, a year-long vigil will begin in Hull with the UK premiere of a monumental performance telling the story of a city coming back to life. Every day for a year, at sunrise and sunset, a vigil will keep watch over Hull from a bespoke structure located on top of the Hull College building. Over the course of one year, 730 people will contribute to the collective vigil - a 365 day silent and peaceful performance - to watch over the city.

Freedom Festival, an organisation known for creating the unexpected, is welcoming The Hull Vigil, as it brings the performance to Hull - the first UK city to host this timely, thought-provoking, large-scale monumental work by Australian-Belgian choreographer Joanne Leighton / WLDN.

Over the past 10 years, The Vigil has been running continuously in France, Germany, the Netherlands and Austria and in 2021 it comes to Hull for its 10th performance.

While each vigil stands alone, together they form a human chain and a manifestation of community, humanity and resilience. Something even more significant today amidst these troubling times, as a community, nation and society, we watch over and protect each other, our cities and our planet.

Standing alone but together, each vigil will step inside the bespoke wood and glass structure, without their phone or other distraction, to watch over the city for an hour at sunrise and sunset - looking out across the Humber River to the east, the urban spread to the north and out across the suburbs and countryside to the west. Each participant will have their own unique experience. One of the fundamentals in the practice of choreography is the nature of presence, to stand back from the world for an instant. At the same time, the participants will experience being part of a vast, human adventure on a larger scale than that of a population or a city.

Each day, the vigils will express their thoughts and experiences about their vigil and watching over the city of Hull. These words, along with photos of the performance will be posted on to The Hull Vigil website, telling the story of the performance.

This performance runs simultaneously with Türmer Münich.

© Photo : R&R Photography