Hey guys! It gives me great happiness to say that as we transition back into normal life after lockdown, Hull is once again hosting many more events like we experienced pre-covid. This includes the Freedom Festival, which has the bulk of its events during the first weekend of September, and the events associated with Yorkshire’s Maritime City. The Navigate light installations at the beginning of 2020 marked the opening of this project to restore 5 of Hull’s iconic maritime sites. Now, 5 new installations for the event ‘Kraken’ have come to Hull as part of the project. They were here from 6 August until 26 August and fast became a must see attraction for any tourists. Here are my thoughts on the 5 Kraken installations in this review!
For some background, Kraken is a sea monster from Scandinavian folklore. Given the maritime trade links that exist between Hull and Scandinavia, there is no surprise that this was the inspiration for the event. According to these Norse sagas, the Kraken is believed to dwell off the coasts of Norway and Greenland and frighten sailors as they pass through its territory. It is pictured as a gigantic squid like creature and has been integral in sailor’s myths and superstitions for centuries.
The premise for the event was that the creature Kraken had escaped into Hull and captured some of its key tourist attractions. These attractions included Paragon Arcade, Whitefriargate, Spurn Lightship, Princes Quay and the Maritime Museum itself. There were also some of Kraken’s eggs planted near to Princes Quay. Cleverly, these places are not so distanced away from each other so as to make it hard to walk from one to the other but they are not too close so visitors and residents alike still get the thrill of seeing some of Hull’s best bits. Personally, it had been a long time since I’d been inside Paragon Arcade so it was enjoyable to see this classic part of Hull’s shopping district once again.
Kraken was represented with massive inflatable tentacles that were suspended from the windows or structures of the various attractions. They realistically flapped around in the light wind, adding significantly to the effect. It definitely helped you to imagine the monster thrashing around as it tried to escape from the building and cause trouble in another part of the city. We saw plenty of other people admiring the installations along with us which was great to see. Overall, I really enjoyed seeing Hull hosting an event again especially one so intrinsically weaved with its rich maritime history.
Thank you for reading this post! There’ll be another one out soon but until then bye for now!
Amelia Grace a.k.a Amelia in Hull