Volunteers wanted to run Hull Freedom Festival 2013
THE search is on to find "inspirational" people to run Hull's Freedom Festival.
As the Mail first revealed, a new charitable trust is being set up to oversee the arts extravaganza in Hull.
Until now, the annual event has been managed by the Visit Hull and East Yorkshire tourism partnership, in conjunction with Hull City Council.
However, a requirement of continued funding support from the Arts Council is for a new independent arts-based body to be set up to run the event in future.
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City council leader Steve Brady gave the go-ahead for the new trust to be set up after rejecting an option for the council to run the festival in-house.
Now, interested people are being invited to apply to serve as board members of the new company.
Paul Holloway, the city council's art development manager, said: "To build on the success of Freedom and to maintain its position as a major event in the region, a new Freedom Limited Company will be set up as an independent arts organisation.
"A new board will oversee the development of Freedom and its aims and objectives and will deliver the festival each year.
"The council is looking for people to serve on the company's board.
"The board members will be inspirational people with a passion for the arts and culture, the Freedom Festival and the city of Hull."
The trust will operate as a limited company.
The board is expected to include at least one representative from the council.
Mr Holloway said as well as individual applications, the council was also keen to hear from people who might want to nominate someone else as a possible board member.
The new board is expected to be operational by January, giving it sufficient time to organise next year's festival.
One of its first major issues will be to decide whether to put a new contract to deliver the festival out to tender.
September's festival was the last in a three-year deal between the city council and Edinburgh-based Unique Events.
Applications with CVs and other nominations should be sent to the Arts Development Manager, Hull City Council, Fourth Floor, Kingston House, Bond Street, Hull, HU1 3ER.
Applications should be submitted no later than Sunday.