Cultural Transformations

The Impacts of Hull UK City of Culture 2017

Thursday 15th and Friday 16th March 2018

Our major conference explored the outcomes and impacts of Hull’s year in the cultural spotlight.

In 2013 it was announced that Hull had been successful in its bid to become the UK City of Culture for 2017. The announcement set the city upon a four-year culture-led journey, intended to boost economic activity, promote social well-being and learning, build positive perceptions and foster civic pride. The journey has been one of planning, negotiation, building partnerships, delivery, and finally monitoring and review. At the end of a phenomenal year, it is time to look back and reflect upon the purpose, the processes and the outcomes of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, and ultimately to ask, how can Hull’s experience inform culture-led regeneration and policy in the future?


UK City of Culture status brought Hull into the national spotlight, with major investment in a world-class cultural programme and cultural and visitor infrastructure; increased visitor numbers; unprecedented media coverage; and a significant increase in participation amongst the resident population in a city that had previously had low participation in arts and culture.

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The evaluation of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and the Cultural Transformations conference is being led by the Culture, Place and Policy Institute at the University of Hull, in association with Hull 2017.


Photo credit: James Mulkeen