The second Assemble Fest on Newland Avenue took place on Saturday 23 May 2015. For one day we had five very unique performances inside and outside of businesses down a single street. It was a delight to witness people's responses as they heard the Hansel's story through Silent Uproar’s headphones, charted body image through PinUpRound’s physical theatre, hugged and cried at The Roaring Girls' memories, unexplainably protested with Open Umbrella, and were regaled by Bellow Theatre's tale of dubious pie fillings.
Not only that, but there was pop-up art, a yarnbombed car, Punch and Judy, the Tent of Mystery, The Gold Man, face painting, science buskers, dance, stilt walking workshops and treasure hunting. The day was a feast of people discovering and rediscovering the avenue, the places, the shops and the talent all on this very special street. It makes you really proud to live in Hull.
It’s a joy to be able to create a platform and to start to get national attention. One of the things that is continually exciting and inspiring is the people involved in the festival, particularly how willing they are to collaborate and share space, ideas, hard work and talent. It’s truly humbling and continually motivates us to grow, get bigger and better, and work together to make something truly amazing. So watch out, Hull; the ideas hats are back on and we look forward to offering even more in the future.
Author: Madeleine O'Reilly, Festival Director
All images: Facet Photography