A vigil, or watcher, is the person who holds a presence – a figure which has become even more significant in today’s world - someone who takes responsibility for watching over their city.

Joanne Leighton
Choreographer & Director of WLDN

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Image credit: Benjamin Tovo 

730 vigils take turns to hold watch over the city... 

Over the course of one year 730 people will contribute to The Hull Vigil - a 365 day silent and peaceful resistance - to watch over the city of Hull.

Local residents over 18-years-old are invited to participate in The Hull Vigil, signing up via the calendar page on this website. Bookings will go live on 1 March 2021 at 10am.  

Participants can choose their own date and time (either sunrise or sunset) and will have their own reasons for participating. 

Only one date can be booked per person and the dates will be reserved on a first come first served basis, just as you would book a free ticket to a performance. If dates do become available they will be re-released and publicised on social media.

You'll receive an email confirming the provisional time and date of your vigil, and a member of the Freedom Festival team will be in touch to confirm with further details about your training.

The Hull Vigil is free to participate, however you must attend a workshop and also give you permission to have your photograph taken as part of the performance. It will also be your responsibility to make your way to the shelter which is located at Hull College.

Once you've taken part in The Hull Vigil, you're invited to become a companion. The companion is the person who watches over the vigil.

A number of celebratory events are also scheduled to take place as part of The Hull Vigil. Every three months, sharing evenings will be hosted for the vigils and companions. At the end of the project, a celebration will bring together all 730 vigils and companions, to reflect on and celebrate the year of The Hull Vigil.

A vigil, or watcher, is the person who holds a presence – a figure which has become even more significant in today’s world - someone who takes responsibility for watching over their city.

Joanne Leighton
Choreographer & Director of WLDN

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