Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. Live updates on Thursday 22 September 2016
  2. Watch the live stream of the events click on the launch thumbnail above
  3. Launch of Hull 2017 to be marked by firework display
  4. Council say city 'will be ready'

Live Reporting

By Louise Wheeler

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Five things we learned today

Louise Wheeler

BBC Local Live

That's all from me for today.

We now know more about what we can expect from the first 'season' of UK City of Culture, Hull 2017.

Let's have a look back at 5 things we didn't know this morning:

We'll be back tomorrow morning from 08:00 with all your live news, sport, travel and weather updates.  


Your views: Hull to feature on every local and national BBC weather map

Hull 2017: UK City of Culture announcement

One of the things that has got people excited on social media following the UK City of Culture programme announcement is the news that the BBC will feature Hull on every local and national map from 01-01-17.

The Director General of the BBC Tony Hall made the commitment earlier today.

Very exciting times ahead for Hull...because next year they'll FINALLY be a fixture on the BBC weather maps!


Fantastic launch event @2017Hull so many ace things, highlight is Hull to be named on every BBC national weather forecast map #Hull2017


The biggest cheer of #Hull2017 launch is confirmation from BBC Director General Tony Hall that Hull will feature on all BBC weather maps!

Weather map

Hull 2017: Music highlights for UK City of Culture

Hull 2017: UK City of Culture announcement

Music highlights:

  • Holy Holy, the band made up of Hull's own Spiders From Mars drummer Woody Woodmansey, David Bowie producer Tony Visconti and Heaven 17's Glenn Gregory will perform The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars live for the first time.
  • A three-day festival will celebrate Hull's ambient music pioneer Basil Kirchin, and will feature Goldfrapp's Will Gregory, saxophonist Evan Parker and The Specials' Jerry Dammers.
  • Singer-songwriter John Grant will curate a festival of Nordic music, tapping into the city's links with northern Europe.
  • Opera North will turn the Humber Bridge into an "epic musical installation", with sounds that change depending on your route and the climate.

Press Association

Hull 2017: Investment and makeover promised for Hull

Louise Wheeler

BBC Local Live

  • Lighting specialist Nayan Kulkarni will be lighting up historic buildings and sculptures across the city
  • The Drypool bridge will receive a makeover from artist Sarah Daniels celebrating the work of John Venn - the 19th Century mathematician and philosopher from East Hull.
  • The Ferens Art Gallery, built in 1927 is undergoing a £4.5 million refurbishment and will be staging the Turner Prize 2017

Hull has a great history and past and all of the work currently going on in the city plays on our unique heritage. We’re looking forward without losing what has made the city great. Our current regeneration programme complements and enhances the city’s historic structure that already exists in the city.”

Garry TaylorCity Manager, Major Projects and Infrastructure, Hull City Council

BBC boss vows to put Hull on the map

Ian Youngs

Entertainment and Arts Reporter, BBC News

Tony Hall

Lots of people have spoken about how being City of Culture will "put Hull on the map".

BBC director general Tony Hall means it. He says the biggest complaint he gets in Hull is about the city not appearing on TV weather maps. 

"I've just made a call and as of Jan 1 Hull will be there on every weather map, national and local." That got the biggest cheer of the day.

Watch: BBC Newsbeat - an alternative guide to Hull

BBC Newsbeat

Nick and Jim are from Hull - here's their alternative guide to Hull.

Chip spice anyone?

I have a feeling that chip spice might feature in this...

Hull 2017: So, isn't it all a bit of waste of money? I don't think so.

Will Gompertz

BBC Arts Editor

So, isn't it all a bit of a waste of money?

I don't think so. I accept the arts festival on its own won't change much. But its very existence might. It has the potential to transform the city.

The real point of having a City of Culture, an idea that started as a pan-European initiative, is not the fun stuff per se, but to use the festivities as a catalyst for change.

It's simple human psychology - if you're inviting people you want to impress around to your house for dinner, the chances are you'll have a bit of a tidy up.

Being bestowed with the title of UK City of Culture has already changed Hull. I've seen it with my own eyes.

The old dry dock has been turned into an amphitheatre, while old cracked paving stones are being replaced by smart granite setts. Right now the place is a building site. I kept expecting to bump into Kevin McCloud from Grand Designs, sucking his teeth and shaking his head at the last-minuteness of it all.

It's noisy, messy and impressive. Hull is not going about being UK City of Culture in a half-hearted way. It is really going for it.

Hull 2017
Hull 2017

Hull 2017: BBC to stage four-day spoken word and poetry festival

Louise Wheeler

BBC Local Live

A major new national spoken word festival, a ballet for young children made in Hull and the recruitment of a hundred local community reporters are just some of the projects the BBC will host as part of UK City of Culture.

The spoken world festival will be called Contains Strong Language. 

It'll be a four day festival and will open on National Poetry Day on September 28.

I want the BBC to be unashamedly Hull-centric in 2017. The plans we've revealed today show we are living up to that commitment.

Tony HallDirector General, BBC
Octovision Media

Hull 2017: Travel writer impressed by Hull's energy

Stuart Harratt

BBC Local Live

Simon Calder, travel editor for the Independent newspaper, said he was very impressed “just seeing the energy that is going into the city”.

However, he sounded a note of caution about the prospects of Hull benefitting from a tourism boom during the City of Culture due to its “geography”.

“The trouble is for Hull just that extra distance from the main north south corridors is always going to be bit of an ask,” he said.

“There’s quite a lot in terms of image that people have to contend with if they are going genuinely to benefit from the City of Culture year in terms of creating an image, a  tourism industry as it were for Hull rather than being somewhere people go to on the way to or from the ferry.”

“They don’t necessarily come here because it is a great and fascinating place that has no parallel elsewhere in the UK.

Simon Calder

Your views: Reaction to Hull 2017 artistic programme

Louise Wheeler

BBC Local Live

So we now know what we can expect from the first 'season' of UK City of Culture, Hull 2017.

A musical Humber Bridge, an outrageous 1960s art collective and a promise to have Hull on every local and national BBC weather map.

Lots of comments on social media following the launch.

What do you make of today's announcement?

Least we know it is never dull in Hull #Hull2017


Lord Hall could consider changing his name by deed poll to Lord Hull for #Hull2017


Listening to the #Hull2017 programme revealed on @RadioHumberside so many amazing events to look forward to #everyonebacktoours


Proud of #Hull2017 - let's show how amazing our city is

Just watching the live stream of the launch of #Hull2017 so proud to be part of the story


Hull to be marked on all weather maps! Amazing. Will there be sunshine too? #Hull2017

Hull 2017

Hull 2017: Hull will be on every local and national BBC weather map from next January!

Louise Wheeler

BBC Local Live

The Director General of the BBC Tony Hall admits that Hull doesn't always feature of the national weather map.

But he has made a telephone call....and from January 1 2017 for a whole 12 months Hull will feature every day on the weather map!

We won't be forgotten now, will we?

Hull 2017

Hull 2017: Art highlights for UK City of Culture

Hull 2017: UK City of Culture announcement

Arts highlights:


Hull 2017: 'It will be the art that brings us together'

Louise Wheeler

BBC Local Live

Chairwoman of Hull 2017 Rosie Millard says they have recruited 2,000 volunteers and pledges that 60,000 children and young people will have access to events.

Ms Millard says that art will be commissioned throughout the city and expects that this will bring us together during Hull 2017.

Hull 2017

Hull 2017: Film and festival highlights for UK City of Culture

Hull 2017: UK City of Culture announcement

Film and Festival highlights:

  • A retrospective of the late English Patient director Anthony Minghella (pictured), who went to university in Hull, will be staged.
  • Two film festivals will examine dystopian visions of a digital future and Hull's contribution to British film and TV.
  • The BBC is staging a new four-day spoken word and poetry festival titled Contains Strong Language
  • Festival LGBT 50 will mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality
  • WOW (Women of the World) Hull will take place, with a focus on Hull-born pianist, composer and conductor pioneer Ethel Leginska.
Anthony Minghella

Hull 2017: Theatre highlights for UK City of Culture

Hull 2017: UK City of Culture announcement

Theatre highlights:

  • The world premiere of The Hypocrite by Hull-born Richard Bean, best known for One Man, Two Guvnors, billed as a "riotous comedy" about Hull's role at the star of the English Civil War, will be staged at the Hull Truck theatre.
  • Northern Broadsides theatre company will return with Richard III, 25 years after staging the play as their first production in a boat shed in the city.
  • The premiere of Mighty Atoms, a play about "Battling" Barbara Buttrick, a boxing champion in the 1940s and '50s, by Amanda Whittington, will also take place at the Truck.

Getty Images

Hull 2017: So, what can we look forward to for UK City of Culture?

Ian Youngs

Entertainment and Arts Reporter, BBC News

A musical Humber Bridge, a 14th-Century masterpiece, an outrageous 1960s art collective and the Spiders From Mars will all be part of the line-up for Hull's year as UK City of Culture.

The £32m programme will take over streets and venues throughout 2017.

Hull 2017 director Martin Green said it will reflect ideas from the city "that have changed and enriched the world".

The year will begin with an outdoor extravaganza using projections and performances to tell the story of Hull.


Live: Schedule of events for Hull 2017

View more on facebook

Watch the announcement of next year's schedule live from the Hull Truck Theatre

Picture: The stage is set for Hull 2017 announcement

Louise Wheeler

BBC Local Live

The stage is set for the Hull 2017 announcement.

Details of the UK City of Culture artistic programme will be released shortly.


Hull abuzz with anticipation

Ian Youngs

Entertainment and Arts Reporter, BBC News

Nicholas Serota

Dozens of journalists and movers and shakers from the arts are filing in to Hull Truck for the line-up announcement and there's a real sense of excitement.  

Outgoing Tate boss Sir Nicholas Serota and Hull 2017 chair Rosie Millard have just given the great and good (and me) a short intro. 

Not sure the excitement has yet spread throughout the whole city quite yet though. Walking here, I passed one man who saw a poster, said "City of Culture?" then let out a loud, incredulous laugh. 

Picture: Director of Tate supporting Hull 2017

Louise Wheeler

BBC Local Live

We know there will be a massive fireworks display over the Humber Bridge to mark City of Culture - but what else can we expect?

Details will be revealed shortly.

Here's Sir Nicholas Serota, the director of the Tate, lending support to Hull 2017.


Picture: Students at Hull Academy design mural for City of Culture

Louise Wheeler

This 'Made in Hull' mural at Sirius Academy West echoes the theme of the first season of City of Culture 2017.

The first of the four seasons draws on the 'distinctive spirit of the city and the artists, writers, directors, musicians, revolutionaries and thinkers' who have help to develop art and ideas in Hull.


Hull 2017: International journalists due to descend on Hull

Louise Wheeler

BBC Local Live

Journalists from Spain, The Netherlands and Germany are just some of those arriving in Hull this lunchtime to find out more about what the City of Culture programme will look like.

Here are just a few of the publications:

  • El Pais - a Spanish newspaper
  • La Vanguardia - another Spanish newspaper based in Barcelona
  • The German radio station ARD
  • Die Welt - a German media group that has a newspaper, TV station and website
Hull 2017
Hull 2017

Hull 2017: Meet the people behind City of Culture

Louise Wheeler

BBC Local Live

Rosie Millard: Chairwoman of the company running Hull's UK City of Culture activities

  • Studied at the University of Hull and read English and Drama
  • Former BBC arts correspondent
  • She writes for most of the UK’s broadsheet newspapers and has a weekly column in the Independent  
  • The first article Rosie wrote for a national newspaper was about the Humber Bridge
  • Keen marathon runner

Rosie Millard

Martin Green: CEO of Hull 2017

  • He was the man behind the London 2012 Olympic ceremonies
  • The executive producer of the Tour de France's opening ceremony in Leeds  
  • Read Theatre Studies at the University of Plymouth
  • Grew up in Essex
Martin Green

Picture: Town crier ringing in the Hull 2017 programme

Victoria Holland

BBC Look North

Hull has borrowed the town crier from the East Riding of Yorkshire to ring in the Hull 2017 programme in Bransholme.

If you want to hear what's going to be on offer before the official announcement at 13:30 then head to the North Point shopping centre.

Town Crier

Picture: Even Larkin is getting ready for #Hull2017

Louise Wheeler

BBC Local Live

The poet Phillip Larkin held the post of librarian at the University of Hull and completed many of his prolific works in the city.  

A statue commemorating Larkin stands proudly at Hull Paragon Station.

Larkin: “Originality is being different from oneself, not others"

Hull 2017: Students at schools around Hull find out about culture plans

Louise Wheeler

BBC Local Live

Students have been listening to culture plans for Hull 2017.

They were told at their morning assembly about some of the things they can expect to see, including a huge firework display for the opening night.

Phil Batty from the Culture team visited the Sirius Academy in West Hull.


Watch: Pupils at West Hull say they're 'excited' for opening night

Katy Austin

BBC Look North

It seems like the fireworks that are planned for the start of Hull 2017 are causing excitement among students at the Sirius Academy in West Hull.

They were told at school assembly about the City of Culture plans.

Watch: What has Hull ever done for us?

BBC News England

All eyes are on Hull today for the announcement of the programme of events for City of Culture 2017, here is a look at some of its famous faces and surprising facts about its history.

Your views: #Hull2017 trending on social media

After 13:30 we're expecting to know more about the first part of events for UK City of Culture.

The national press are due to arrive this lunchtime and already it seems like there's a buzz about Hull 2017 on social media.

Nice to see #Hull2017 trending this morning! 100 days to go! 'ull 'ull 'ull


Nice to see my hometown trending this morning regarding @2017Hull #Hull2017


Ignore the #Berry news nothing to see there. All eyes on #Hull2017 thanks.


Any chance of special permission to wear my #Hull2017 volunteers cap all day despite not being on shift?! #SeaofScandalousBlue #Hull2017


Argh! #Hull2017 announcement today, can't wait for everyone to hear about how awesome next year will be.


Picture: Welcome to Hull

Caroline Brockelbank

BBC Radio Humberside

A grey kiosk at Hull's railway station has been turned into a tourist information spot.

It's hoped it'll encourage visitors to the city to learn more about City of Culture.

You definitely won't miss it if you're passing through Paragon station!

Train station

Picture: Telling commuters about Hull 2017

Caroline Brockelbank

BBC Radio Humberside

Welcome flags have been put up at Hull's railway station telling everyone about Hull 2017.

Commuters earlier enjoyed singing from the Hull Freedom Chorus.  

This lunchtime national journalists from London will arrive in the city.

Train station

Hull 2017: City of Culture opening event

Details of Made in Hull',curated by award-winning, Hull-born documentary filmmaker Sean McAllister, have been revealed. 

The first night will culminate in a New Year's Day fireworks fired at 20:17 that will light up the night sky above the Humber, signalling the start of Hull 2017's year in the spotlight. The fireworks will be accompanied by an audio visual soundtrack by DJ Cheeba.

Hull 2017

Everyone is invited to Made in Hull, which runs each evening from 4pm to 9pm from 1 to 7 January 2017. It is a free event and does not require a ticket. 

The fireworks display on the first night of Made in Hull is also free, but will be ticketed in advance. Tickets will be available in late October. To keep updated, please go to

Hull 2017: What's happening today

Hull 2017 volunteers will also be helping to spread the word across the city at a series of events later this morning:

  • 11.30am - 2pm: Michael Wood, East Riding's town crier, announcing the programme at North Point Shopping Centre in Bransholme;
  • 11.30am - 2pm: Pop up installation of local artist Debi Keable’s Hull Sculpture at Holderness Road 
  • 11.30am - 2pm: Live illustration with local artist Reg Tait at Hessle Road
  • 1pm-4pm: Artist Sarah Mole will lead an arts session at Octagon Children’s Centre, The Octagon

Illuminated block of flats
Hull 2017

Watch: Are you ready for the time of your lives in Hull?

Chloe Deakin

BBC East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Have a listen to the Freedom Chorus who are singing to commuters at Hull's railway station this morning.

The events that will be planned for the first three months of Hull 2017 will be announced later.

'Made in Hull' will be title of the first programme of event that'll run between January to March.

Today marks the day when events planned for Hull 2017 will be revealed

Hull 2017: The story so far

Louise Wheeler

BBC Local Live

City of Culture

Picture: Songs of freedom to greet visitors to Hull

Chloe Deakin

BBC East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

The Freedom Chorus is ringing in the City of Culture programme reveal day.

They are singing songs of freedom at Paragon Station.  

What a way to start the day!


Watch: 'It will be ready' says Deputy Leader at Hull City Council

BBC Breakfast

£100 million pounds is being spent on doing up the city to get it ready for Hull 2017.

Deputy Leader of Hull City Council Daren Hale says despite the ongoing works everything will be ready for the big year.

The BBC's Arts and Entertainment Correspondent Colin Paterson is live this morning for BBC Breakfast at Hull's railway station.

Hull was named UK City of Culture in 2013

Picture: All will be revealed later for Hull 2017

Gill Sennett

BBC Local Live, East Yorkshire and Humber

Later this afternoon we'll find out what events will be planned for the first three months of Hull 2017.

All will be revealed in this booklet that the CEO of City of Culture, Martin Green is clinging on to.

We can't wait to find out what's inside...

Martin Green

Hull 2017: Huge fireworks show to rival London's New Year's celebration planned

Louise Wheeler

BBC Local Live

It's been announced a huge light and fireworks show will launch Hull's year as the UK City of Culture.

It's hoped the display will rival London's New Year's celebrations.

The first 3 months of events will be revealed this lunchtime, and it's thought there'll be plans for shows on the same scale as July's Place des Anges performance.


Join us for today's live coverage

Louise Wheeler

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to Local Live for Thursday 22 September

Today's the day we find out what events are planned for Hull 2017 City of Culture.

Keep checking the feed for updates as we bring you the announcements throughout the day.

Please get in touch and let us know what you think of the culture events as they're announced, by emailFacebook or Twitter