Event TV: Hull's immersive 'Place des Anges' show showers guests in feathers

Two tonnes of white feathers were used to create an immersive show as part of the build up to Hull UK City of Culture 2017 on 2 July.

Created and performed by French company Gratte Ciel, the free ticketed event in Queens Gardens in Hull city centre was watched by 10,000 people. It was held in association with the Yorkshire Festival and Amy Johnson Festival.

Guests watched as acrobatic 'angels' appeared over the rooftops. The show culminated with around two tonnes of white feathers being dropped onto the crowds below, transforming Queens Gardens into a feathery playground.

The show was one of the many events scheduled as part of Hull's programme of cultural events and activities this summer to mark the city's title as UK City of Culture 2017.

The vision of the Hull 2017 Culture Company is "to deliver 365 days of transformative culture in 2017 through a range of diverse and high-profile events and projects".

Martin Green, CEO and director of Hull 2017, said: "We are thrilled with how Place des Anges went and the public response to it. It was a joyous experience, which we hope will live in people’s memories for years to come. It was wonderful to see people of all ages throwing feathery snowballs and even rolling around on the soft white blanket that covered the ground, surrounded by some of Hull’s architectural heritage."

Matt Burman, artistic director of the Yorkshire Festival, added: "Place Des Anges was a stunning and fitting finale for this year's Yorkshire Festival. It encapsulated everything the festival is about - collaboration, spectacle and bringing the best creative talents from around the globe here to Yorkshire. I don't think anyone who experienced it will be able to walk past this area of the city again without thinking of this night."

Place des Anges was made possible through the support of Spirit of 2012, which invests in events as catalysts for change for people and communities across the UK.

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