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Place des Anges student review

Place des Anges, the first major event staged by the Hull City of Culture 2017 team, won rave reviews from audience members and featured giant cherubic inflatables, daredevil acrobats and a blizzard of angelic feathers.

20th September 2016

Nobody in Hull will ever forget the night that angels descended on the city and left their mark in the sky above Queen’s Gardens. 

The city had never seen anything like Place des Anges - the spectacular curtain-raiser for Hull’s year as the 2017 UK City of Culture.

Crowds packed into the city centre and looked up with astonishment as the night sky became filled with flying angels, feathers and fireworks.

Acrobats dressed as angels glided on wires high above the spectators and released 1.5 tonnes of feathers on them.

Initial demand for the 10,000 free tickets had caused the event's website to crash when they were released.

And nobody was disappointed by the show put on by Gratte Ciel’s travelling circus. 

It was a special kind of spectacle that served grace on a knife’s edge. Half of the joy was in allowing your experience to be shaped as the darkness descended. 

Place des Anges was a visual triumph and perfectly suited to Hull’s art scene. It set a strong precedent for what will surely be a spectacular year of UK City of Culture action.