Listen to KCOM’s Call Father Christmas phone line from 1963
KCOM, then known at the Hull Corporation Telephone Department, launched its first Call Father Christmas phone line where youngsters were able to ring Santa and listen to a festive tale.
At 2pm on Sunday, 1 October, 2017, every phone box across Hull will ring. For those who dare answer the call a new and exciting future awaits.
At 2pm on Sunday, 1 October, 2017, every phone box across Hull will ring.
For those who dare answer the call a new and exciting future awaits.
A lucky few will be transported to Hull in 2097, 80 years from now, as the world waits on the cusp of another new century and a dazzling array of science fiction possibilities.
The event, called We Made Ourselves Over, has been created by “award-winning interactive art pioneers” Blast Theory who have teamed up with KCOM to produce one of the highlights of the Hull UK City of Culture 2017’s fourth and final season, Tell The World.
It will run throughout October, combining screenings of short science fiction films with calls from the future city of Aarhull – a mix of Hull and its 2017 partner city Aarhus - teasing what the next century may hold.
Nick Tandavanitj from Blast Theory said: “During October a leak will spring from Aarhull 2097 - the futuristic hybrid city we’ve created with your help - into Hull.
“Over the last year, we’ve been having a conversation with you and with future experts about what your city could be like 80 years from now. It’s time to find out and we can’t wait to show you.”
Kicking off on Sunday, 1 October, KCOM’s phone boxes across the city will ring in unison to herald 2097’s arrival. Those who answer the call will enter into a conversation with a character from Aarhull, who will ask people to record your own vision of the future.
A short sci-fi film will also be released each Saturday during October.
Shot on location in Hull and Aarhus with state-of-the-art visual effects, the films will be available to view online via www.wemadeourselvesover.com and on a loop at pop-up screenings each Saturday and Sunday in October in locations across Hull.
A smartphone app will also be available to download from Sunday, 1 October, where participants can talk with the characters onscreen, share their hopes for the future and discover more about the surprising world of 2097.
Martin Green, Director of Hull 2017, added: “We opened the year with our Made in Hull season, celebrating the historic stories of this city, and we will close the year by discovering the new in our Tell the World season.
“As the question on everybody’s lips is what’s next for Hull and Aarhus, 2097 invites you to step into a future hybrid version of the cities in an ambitious co-production between the two powerhouses of UK City of Culture and European Capital of Culture.”
We Made Ourselves Over is just one of hundreds of events, exhibitions, concerts, comedy, shows and art installations taking part in what is the fourth and final season in the 2017 programme.
Among the other highlights are the arrival of the always controversial Turner Prize art award at the Ferens art gallery, a spectacular series of illuminations called Look Up at The Deep, the Humber Mouth Literature Festival, the Heads Up theatre festival, a new play called The Last Testament Of Lillian Bilocca by actress Maxine Peake, the return of Hull-born comedy hero Reece Shearsmith in conversation and the finale of the spectacular, apocalyptic, Flood drama.
Sign up to be the first to find out about film screenings and other exciting ways to get involved at wemadeourselvesover.com, or follow it via social media @blasttheory #its2097