'Hulloween' festival fun for city centre and Avenues in run-up to Halloween
A WEEK-long festival of poetry and live music will keep families entertained throughout the spooky season.
Hulloween arrives in the city hot on the heels of a summer of popular arts events supported by the Hull Business Improvement District (Bid).
The festival is now in its fourth year and organisers Martin Lewsley and Lloyd Dobbs have put together a top programme to inspire the city.
Promising spoken word and music rather than ghouls and pumpkins, Hulloween will begin on Thursday at Union Mash Up in Princes Avenue, west Hull.
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Mr Lewsley said: "It would be great to turn Hulloween into something along the lines of the Camden Crawl, which I was involved in during the early years.
"Maybe a procession of art, poetry and music all the way from the Avenues area into the Old Town.
"It started as a bit of a joke over a beer but we're now into our fourth year and we've got a unique event – Hulloween wouldn't mean anything anywhere else.
"We've also got some fantastic performers and a lot of variety ranging from spoken word to folk, Americana, samba and indie.
"Our theme is the Black Death of 1349AD, the great plague – a fascinating part of our shared European history."
Hull Bid is supporting the organisers with funding to help promote the event and raise the profile of the entertainment available in the area, with many performances in the city centre.
The first night of Hulloween will include performances by the likes of Salbo Baggins, who will deliver an infectious array of folk stories intertwined with kitchen samba-pop.
She will be joined by punk poet Jim Higo and performers Ashley Fisher, Rose Drew and Julie Corbett.
Salbo, 26, who is classically trained, has been playing instruments since she was a child.
She said: "I used to play with the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra and have been in a number of bands.
"I'm really looking forward to the Hulloween festival and it will be nice to be in fancy dress all week. I'm renowned for wearing silly costumes.
"There are a lot of artists I want to see."
Other events include End Of Level Baddie, Fire and Black Delta Movement at Adelphi on Saturday night and nights at Pave, Oscar's Bar and the Queen's Hotel.
The final event will take place on Friday, November 2, at Ye Olde Black Boy in Hull's Old Town.
Visit the Hulloween website for more information about the festival and a full line-up.