City of Culture company Chief Executive Martin Green has delivered a presentation of his previous work and ongoing work to students, lecturers and officials of Hull School of Art and Design in the Horncastle Building.
Featuring much on his experience as Executive Producer for the opening and closing ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Mr Green laid out extremely impressive credentials to a captivated audience as to why he is the man to deliver the City of Culture celebrations in 2017.
“Ceremonies show who we were, who we are and, most importantly, who we wish to be,” Mr Green told the audience.
He showed videos of the opening ceremony for the London Olympics and the Beijing Olympics as well as videos of the preparations for the opening ceremony in 2012.
Being both engaging and entertaining he explained, sometimes in quite comedic ways, how he helped deliver on promises that had been made about the games, he also spoke of his involvement with the o2 Arena.
He then carried on by explaining about what is expected for Hull 2017 saying “We’re not at the end of the road, we’re at the beginning of it, we’re the gateway to Yorkshire,”
Mr Green also said that a volunteering initiative will begin at the start of 2016 because of the size and complexity of such an operation.
Taking questions from the audience he continued to engage with everybody there and still had time, despite his busy schedule, to talk to people afterwards, both inside and outside the building.
One man from the south bank said; “When Hull won the bid I was dreading it, I thought typical, more money to Hull and still nothing for us, but after today I’m actually genuinely looking forward to it,”
Mr Green also explained that Hull will do City of Culture in a unique way because it is a unique place.
“I believe culture can move mountains,
“The bid was good, it won, we’re curating what is in the bid, that’s our central act,” He concluded.