KCOM brings culture to all as part of major Flood spectacular


Everyone will be able to enjoy an epic story of survival thanks to KCOM’s ground-breaking technology.

Audiences will be pouring into Hull’s Victoria Dock this month to witness the ambitious live spectacle called Flood, which has been created as part of the Hull UK City of Culture 2017 programme by theatre company Slung Low.

The show, described as “the story of what happens when the world is destroyed, and how those who survive try to make it new again”, will welcome thousands of visitors to the water-side residential area to witness the ambitious production which will make use of the whole dock area.

And thanks to KCOM’s Wi-Fi technology, people who have hearing difficulties or visual impairment will also be able to enjoy the full scale of the production on Thursday, April 13.

Around 30 audience members will be given Android tablets before the show which will provide audio description and subtitles to make the production as accessible to as many people as possible.

The project is the latest event at which KCOM has collaborated with the 2017 team to provide Wi-Fi connectivity.

As well as providing Wi-Fi for the Humber Street Gallery, KCOM is working closely with the UK City of Culture to make sure audience members will be able to interact with as many outdoor arts projects as possible – and tell the world about what is happening in Hull.

David Watson, Hull 2017’s Head of Digital, said: “We’re always trying to go above and beyond to deliver a great experience for our audiences.

“KCOM has been instrumental in helping us to do just that by providing brilliant connectivity at events allowing us to deliver new and pioneering services such as live captioning making our events truly accessible.”

Part One of the “epic adventure” is called From The Sea and is now available to watch online. The live events taking place in Victoria Dock form Part Two of the multi-media performance and is titled Abundance.

Cathy Phillips, KCOM’s chief marketing officer, said: “We are delighted to be working with the UK City of Culture to make this exciting production available to as many people as possible.

“Staging a spectacle of this size and scale in an outdoor setting creates some technical challenges, but our engineering team has risen to the challenge to make sure Victoria Dock will be connected to the very heart of the action as the show unfolds. It looks set to be something special and yet another highlight of UK City of Culture year.”

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