Invisible People

Freedom Festival 2018: exposing the reality of modern day slavery

In a world of endless possibilities, get ready to explore the streets of Hull and fuel your imagination as the city comes alive on Friday 31 August for Freedom Festival 2018 - a weekend of street theatre, dance and acrobatics alongside a community feast, debates, exhibitions and participatory projects.

Freedom Festival was launched in 2007 to commemorate anti-slavery pioneer William Wilberforce. More than a decade later, it continues to be the jewel in Hull’s cultural crown, with last year’s Freedom Festival hailed as the best and most diverse to date. Freedom Festival 2018 marks the eleventh anniversary of the Hull festival.

Hull has been recognised not only as a city where freedom for so many was and continues to be realised, but as a city rich in arts and culture, something which benefits every aspect of the city and which Rollits is proud to support.

As a sponsor of Freedom Festival, this year Rollits has helped bring Invisible People, a powerful, compelling and vital exhibition commissioned by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA), to Hull.

The exhibition sheds light on the insidious issue of modern slavery as multiple award-winning photographers including Rory Carnegie, Juliette Carton and Haitham Naser bring into view, through recreated images, the ‘invisible people’ effected by a crime which seeks out the most vulnerable men, women and children and abuses them for criminal profit.

Slavery was abolished in the UK in 1807, yet more than 200 years on it still exists. Sometimes it is right before our eyes and yet we don’t really see it. Presenting a snapshot of life in modern slavery, this powerful exhibition includes a glimpse into the worlds of agriculture, construction, maritime, cannabis farming, food processing, child trafficking and forced prostitution.

This year’s festival explores these issues and this year’s programme also includes a discussion on where responsibility for modern day slavery falls led be award-winning human rights journalist and editor of the Guardian’s Modern-Day Slavery In Focus series, Annie Kelly.

Rollits is a proud sponsor of Freedom Festival.


Invisible People – Freedom Festival weekend at Beverley Gate

Thursday 30th August / 10:00am to 7:30pm

Friday 31st August / 10:00am to 7:30pm

Saturday 1st September / 10:00am to 7:30pm

Sunday 2nd September / 10:00am to 7:30pm

Visit the festival’s new website to find out more about Invisible People, the rest of the festival programme and how you too can support Freedom Festival:

Posted on: 02/08/2018

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