Freedom Festival Arts Trust (FFAT) is an arts organisation integrated within the city of Hull and custodian of the city’s annual award-winning, international arts festival, Freedom Festival.


Born out of the William Wilberforce commemorations in 2007, the annual Freedom Festival has evolved into one of the UK’s most distinctive international arts festivals. A commitment to presenting work exploring themes of freedom – democracy, equality and protest – sets it aside, celebrating the city’s unique history while simultaneously engaging in a global conversation around human rights.


With an expanding year-round programme of work rooted in audience engagement, talent development and health and wellbeing, FFAT continues to evidence a significant impact upon the social, cultural and economic vitality of the city.