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10:45 AM 7th September 2020

Time For A Lullaby

Freedom Festival brings an element of surprise and wonder direct to people’s homes.

An illuminated bike pases a bus stop in Luke Jerram’s Lullaby. 
A special surprise gift to the suburban streets of Hull. Image credit: Tom Arran
An illuminated bike pases a bus stop in Luke Jerram’s Lullaby. A special surprise gift to the suburban streets of Hull. Image credit: Tom Arran
This weekend, for the first time in 13 years, Hull city centre wasn’t filled with crowds of people eagerly awaiting performances at Freedom Festival, the city’s annual international outdoor arts festival.

Instead, putting audience, artist and team safety first, the team behind the festival responded to current times with a programme broadcast digitally and via the BBC during what would have been the festival weekend.

Unable to host the awe-inspiring outdoor events audiences have come to expect from the festival, it surprised residents over three nights, bringing an element of wonder as Luke Jerram’s sound illuminated artwork Lullaby was delivered at dusk to some of Hull’s suburban streets - a gift to the city!

Illuminated bikes in the streets of Hull. Image credit: Tom ArranIlluminated bikes in the streets of Hull. Image credit: Tom Arran
Image credit: Tom ArranImage credit: Tom Arran


Created by its own citizens and delivered to the public's door, Lullaby is the first artwork artist Luke Jerram has made specifically for young children.

Delivered in partnership with Back To Ours, at dusk music could be heard drifting down the city’s streets and a shoal of twinkling lights seen in the distance, getting closer as a mass of illuminated bikes producing the most ambient and serene music passed by the houses, surprising residents who looked out of windows or stood on their doorsteps.

Freedom Festival’s online programme featuring music, dance, circus, spoken word, talks and debates will be available for audiences to watch for 72 hours.