Hull is staging a special event this summer to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the death of pioneering aviator Amy Johnson, who was born in the city in 1903.
The Amy Johnson Festival from 1 July to 6 September 2016 will celebrate Amy’s life, achievements and legacy with an ambitious international programme of the arts and engineering sciences. Key events so far confirmed include:
- Cultural exchanges with some of the locations where she landed to re-fuel on her record-breaking solo flight from England to Australia: Vienna, Istanbul, Aleppo, Baghdad, Karachi, Calcutta, Rangoon, Bangkok, Surabaya, Singapore, Darwin, Brisbane
- Theatre performance by Ensemble 52
- Exhibition of British art of the period
- Performance of the opera Amy’s Last Dive
- Biographical exhibition – A Portrait of Amy
- Flight Path, music and visual imagery reflecting the countries on her route to Australia,
- Engineered, a major exhibition of sculpture with Leonardo da Vinci’s flying machines as the centrepiece
- Touring plays inspired by Amy’s life
- Historic bi-plane flypast, kite festivals, drones and remote controlled aircraft displays
- Artists in residence with engineering companies and educational and training institutions
- A Moth for Amy, mass engagement public art project.
The Festival organsiers are also working with local schools to develop a programme with a focus on enthusing young women about careers in engineering. One of the aims of the Festival is to help set the scene for Hull as the UK City of Culture 2017.