‘A surprise at every turn’ promised in festival line-up

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A FESTIVAL aims to live up to its reputation for providing a surprise at very turn with an eclectic mix of outdoor spectaculars, street theatre, comedy and dance. Thousands of people are expected for the Freedom Festival’s main event on Saturday night: Spellbound, inspired by the one of the great ancient epics of India, Ramayana, which will take place on the city’s waterfront.

Further details of its line-up, revealed today, include C-12 Dance Theatre’s trolleys - a ballet of supermarket trolleys set to an electro-acoustic score and “dazzling” neon light show Halo.

More than 200 artists and attractions are taking part in the event from September 5 to 7, which will start with a light trail wending its way through the Old Town. Liz Pugh, from organisers Walk The Plank, said: “As an outdoor festival set in a remarkable location it’s key we reveal, enhance and open up the space we have available with hugely entertaining, often ground-breaking performance that blurs the edges between theatre, dance and in some cases sport.”

Meanwhile Hull-born comedian and ex-criminal Sam Harland will join copper-turned-comic Alfie Moore for Friday night comedy from both sides of the law.