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Hull Day of Traditional Dance

Funded on Spacehive 28 February 2017

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Hull Day of Traditional Dance

Sam Hawcroft By Sam Hawcroft

Hull city centre will welcome more than 40 teams of traditional folk dancers on September 23, 2017, for a dancing extravaganza.

Hull Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 28 Feb 2017!

Hull and East Yorkshire’s four folk dance teams – Green Ginger Garland, Rackaback Morris, Beverley Garland and Makara Morris – have come together to organise a major day of dance. Between 20 and 40 teams will perform for the people of Hull, who will be surprised and delighted by the explosion of colour on the city centre’s streets. Up to 500 men and women of all ages, from children to 70-plus, will be dancing in public spaces accessible to all. It will be folk dancing on a massive scale – as people in Hull have never seen it. Audience members will get the opportunity to join in, and be given information about the various dances and styles, and how they can join their local team. We will work with businesses to help them boost trade, in return for sponsorship or the use of their venue. To round off the day, we are organising a ceilidh at the Guildhall with one of the region’s leading dance bands, and it will be open to all to come and learn traditional barn dances.

What we'll deliver:

  • Organise a big public barn dance bash to round off the day
  • Create information about the dancers and teams for audiences to take home
  • Provide an event to remember and a new fixture in the city's entertainment calendar
  • Record the event for posterity via film and photography

Why it's a great idea:

We want to bring in hundreds of visitors to Hull from around the country, who will in turn be watched by hundreds of local people - with the vastly increased footfall providing a welcome boost to the city centre's economy. We also aim to demonstrate how folk dancing allows freedom of expression, and the freedom to have fun. We want to show it is accessible, affordable, healthy and liberating. And we do not intend the 2017 event to be a one-off. We want it to become a firm fixture in the city’s cultural calendar for years to come, rivalling similar events in cities such as York and Lincoln.

Steps to get it done:

  • Finish construction of event website
  • Printing of promotional flyers/leaflets
  • Commissioning film company and photographer for the event

Folk dancing is born out of ancient traditions, but we will use modern technology to bring it to new audiences. We are creating the Hull Day of Dance brand and website at, plus a social media presence. We will use Twitter and Facebook to build up a following online, and we will encourage people to use the #hulldance hashtag to spread the word, and use Periscope to live-stream video around the world. We will record the event with images on our website and social media, and commission a short film.

Location Hull

About the space

Hull city centre, including Paragon Station, Victoria Square, Museums Quarter, Fruit Market area, the Deep, Queen's Gardens


Hull City Council

How will the money be spent?Total £5,036

Film company to produce short video - £1,750 (35%)
Guildhall hospitality (tea/coffee/biscuits for visitors) - £750 (15%)
Use of Guildhall for the day - £700 (14%)
Dance band for evening ceilidh - £500 (10%)
Promotional flyers/audience programmes - £500 (10%)
Promotional souvenir badges - £200 (4%)
Event photographer - £200 (4%)
Town crier to MC event - £100 (2%)
Other - £336 (7%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Film company to produce short video
Guildhall hospitality (tea/coffee/biscuits for visitors)
Use of Guildhall for the day
Dance band for evening ceilidh
Promotional flyers/audience programmes
Promotional souvenir badges
Event photographer
Town crier to MC event
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £5,036

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