The UK City of Culture offers a chance to celebrate a city’s unique qualities and open its cultural life to the rest of the world.

Hull in north-east England takes the title for 2017, and the city's distinctive cultural identity has shone through in a year-long programme of events, festivals and activities that have spilled out beyond the walls of its galleries and theatres to take over the entire city and bring together its vibrant community.

Join us to explore some of the highlights of Hull 2017 as we look back on a successful year that is sure to put the city firmly on the cultural map.

Hull's Pride: 50 years of LGBTQ rights

Fifty years ago, a new piece of legislation was passed that set into motion the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK. The Sexual Offences Act 1967 was a landmark moment, implemented at a time when the prosecution of gay men was on the increase. Although it didn’t actually decriminalise homosexuality – and indeed there was a spike in prosecutions in the years that followed – it was a turning point in the legal and societal status of homosexuality in the UK, and paved the way for legal equality.

Martin Parr: Capturing Hull

Martin Parr has a reputation for capturing the eccentricities of British life in images that are playful and accessible. From his early monochrome explorations of Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire, northern England, to The Last Resort, his breakthrough showcase of seaside destination New Brighton in the north-west, Parr has carved his niche as one of the most incisive commentators on society. When Hull’s Humber Street Gallery were planning their exhibition Hull, Portrait of a City, it is no surprise that Parr was at the top of their list.

A House of Kings and Queens

Through a thought-provoking photography exhibition at Hull’s Humber Street Gallery, photographer Lee Price shines a light on the lives of Sierra Leone’s LGBT+ community. The show, titled The House Of Kings And Queens, was part of an ongoing partnership with Hull’s twin city of Freetown, Sierra Leone, and took place earlier this year to mark the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967, which brought into motion the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK.