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Welcome to Hull: City of Culture 2017
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What makes Hull a worthy UK City of Culture 2017? Far better to have someone with local knowledge guide us around, rather than parachuting in a generic southern arts presenter. Lucy Beaumont fits the bill – a Hull-born stand-up comedian, she plays on stereotypes about Hull in her stage act and authored the inevitably titled Radio 4 comedy To Hull and Back.
She’ll tour the events and exhibits that have arrived in the city to boost its moment in the spotlight, as well as digging into the avant-garde scene with performance artist Cosey Fanni Tutti, and looking at the legacy of Hull’s most significant cultural figures, including Philip Larkin.
Comedienne Lucy Beaumont returns to her home city to preview some of the cultural highlights due to take place during its time as the City of Culture 2017. She takes viewers on a whistle-stop tour, visiting the Old Town, the marina and the Ferens art gallery - which is due to host the Turner Prize this year - and speaks to actress Maureen Lipman and writer Richard Bean, both also born in Hull. Lucy also profiles the city's most famous literary resident, the librarian-poet Philip Larkin, and performance artist Cosey Fanni Tutti, who revolutionised industrial music with the band Throbbing Gristle. Finally, she discovers how smaller communities around Hull are engaging with the City of Culture festivities, including the residents of a high-rise block of flats, who are lighting up their building in bright colours to celebrate Hull's maritime history.
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