Created by Hull2017 Ltd., 2017
Contributed by Barbara Grabher, 2017
Keywords: Decorations, Equality as a brand
The banners originate from the celebratory week addressed as LGBT50 during Hull’s celebration of the title UK City of Culture. The event series marked the fiftieth anniversary of the partial decriminalization of homosexuality in England and Wales. These decorations physically alternated and marked the central square of the city, which became the stage of interventions and celebrations on the final day of the week-long event series.
The celebrations of LGBT50 are crucial to my research in the production of cultures of equality in the culture-led mega-event in Hull. Next to the importance of the celebrations as field for the investigation. The decorations, and their dismantling and gifting to community members inspires and informs my conceptualizations of the need, value but as well limitations of celebrations of equality.