Exploring freedom….and freedom withheld

Open Bridges includes a series of workshops hosted by Lou Duffy-Howard with creative writers Christina Lewis and Russ Litten who are working with schools, prison, hospice and community venues to explore freedom and the impact of freedoms denied in the world today.

Visit the Pearson Primary School Workshop

Visit the Withernsea High School Workshop

Visit the HMP Humber Prison Workshop

Visit the Dove House Hospice Workshop

Visit the Willerby Library Workshop

Visit the Spider T Session


Open Bridges is a whole tapestry of threads. It’s a celebration of the lifeblood of the city, the River Hull and its 13 movable bridges – more than any other city. Beautiful historic vessels representing three centuries – 18th century HMS Pickle, 19th century Humber Keel Comrade and 20th century MV Syntan mustered on the River Hull, met on the Humber by powerful 21st century tugs from SMS Towage and Svitzer. Open Bridges is an exploration of the notion of freedom during the City of Culture’s Freedom Season. The culmination of Open Bridges – the live world premiere of John Stead’s new musical work, Moments in Time was magical. And the city momentarily split in two – for the first time ever.

All 13 bridges over the River Hull closed for one minute – at 20.17 on the autumnal equinox 2017.

Open Bridges is an independent Hull based project taking place during the City of Culture Freedom Season.