26 - 28 MAY 2023

Welcome to Our Future Starts Here 3

Successfully launched in 2022 and attracting 40,000 audiences across two programmes of events, Our Future Starts Here aims to explore issues of our time, while providing new experiences for North East Lincolnshire residents and highlighting Grimsby’s place in the world now.

This new programme for 2023, with more to come later in the year, offers time and space to chill, connect, talk, learn, get creative and just ‘be human’.

Culture House Director, Charlotte Bowen, said: “We’re all aware of the issue of climate change and there’s still a lot of ‘carry over’ from Covid impacts, as well as worry about the world at large. All of this can feel overwhelming and working with a diverse range of brilliant partners, we wanted to create a space for chat, support, expression, problem-solving and well-being.”

Our Future Starts here is supported by locally-based and globally trail-blazing eco-smart technology company myenergi.

Let’s look after the planet & each-other!

Dream Setting
Marco Woolf

Friday 26 May 5pm & 8pm
Two shows: 5pm relaxed performance for SEND audiences (all ages). 8pm (all ages). All tickets £5 + booking fee. Suitable for all ages. Lasts 1 hour.

Marco Woolf presents dream setting, a playful and interactive journey of music, dance and storytelling, supported by Opera North and Jazz North.

Audiences are invited to enjoy this experience of improvisational storytelling and dance, in a show that makes use of the Minster’s beautiful grand piano and invites those present to be active participants in creating a dreamlike musical world with future themes.

Marco Woolf – vocals, acoustic guitar
Carmel Smickersgill – synth, electric guitar, vocals
Tom Harris – piano, clarinet, vocals
Sara Marques – dance, vocals

WTAF Comedy night

Hosted by Live Laugh Lincs
Friday 26 May 8pm
Roy Kemp Suite. All tickets £5 + booking fee. Age 18+.

Following recent sell-out events showcasing regional up and coming talent, host Grimsby resident and female comedian Lauren Smith hosts a break-out night looking at WTAF is going on in the world with a line up of diverse comedians from the national circuit. Are you ready?!


By Joli Vyann
Saturday 27 May 12pm & 2.30pm
Free. Running time: 40mins.

Timeless is about the passing of time and the fear that we as humanity are literally running out of it. Joli Vyann uses their unique and dynamic style of dance, circus and theatre on a rotating hourglass, to tell the story of civilisation as we know it and its fragile relationship with time and nature.

The performance moves through a story of climate change, its consequences and the larger question of how humanity copes with the balance that could at any point tip into ‘chaos’.

Four performers dance, gracefully balance and with acrobatic skill throw themselves around, on and inside the hourglass. This is a ‘dare devil’ yet sensitive exploration of the nature of time and how the need to take action is urgent.

Following the second performance, the show’s cast will be available to chat and answer questions in the Minster from 3.30pm.

Choreographed & Directed by Joli Vyann
Performed by Jan Patzke, Olivia Quayle, Michael Kelland, Jennifer Wilson
Original Music by Nao Masuda
Set Design by William Datson
Produced by Joli Vyann
Executive Producer Dougie Evans

Our Future Starts Here
Market & Social

Saturday 27 May 10am - 4pm
Free entry.

The place and time where and when you can explore and buy from some of North East Lincolnshire’s creatives, while chilling, chatting and finding out more about sustainable futures.

Suitable for all ages, the OFSH Market & Social invites you to browse a range of stalls, some of which have introduced sustainable elements to their business, as well as take part in a range of well-being and nature activities, hosted by local and visiting organisations.

Both children and adults can get involved in activities from Nurture Nature Forest School, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, The Woodland Trust, The Little Trees (offering mindfulness sessions by Claire Roach) (book here) and more. A number of creative stalls themselves will be hosting free drop-in activities on the day too.

There will also be a number of ‘drop in’ table-top talks that you can sit down and get involved in, hosted by various creatives and organisations exploring a range of mental health and well-being topics.

Artist Sarah Palmer will be leading on a doodle-y ‘Worry Wall’ where you can offload all of those icky things on your mind, with the chance to also relax and get stuck in with mindful colouring activities.

As well as hosting a talk table, local author Katie Hopper will be explaining the background behind her series of children’s books The Girl Who Found her Glow and The Boy with a Heart-Shaped Balloon, covering subjects such as grief and bullying. There will be children’s story-telling sessions on the day, based on her books.

Recently featured on ITV, Grimsby-based Be Great Fitness will be present on the day with their Food for Thought initiative, a new project recently highlighted by ITV aiming to redress the negative impacts of social media on young people – children, teenagers and adults can all get involved in on the day.

Grimsby Minster itself will be offering sustainability and well-being focussed activities too while the Minster cafe will be open, with Vegan options.

Also outside alongside the installation and performance will be delicious food from Greek Shack and Cooky Cooks.


Saturday 27 May 1.30pm - 4pm & 4pm - 6.30pm
Free. Advance bookings only.

Holiday Inn Express’ meet space will be turned into a mini-cinema for the afternoon, offering free screenings of a popular Disney film promoting looking after the planet and each-other! There will be free popcorn and a drink for kids.

You have the option to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea created with locally-sourced produce for the whole family (£15 adult, £10 child) before the film begins.

Holiday Inn Express also have a special stay offer for Our Future Starts Here audiences…if you stay overnight on Friday 26 May ready for all the action the next day, or on Saturday 27 to make the most of the weekend, you can do so for just £50 for a family room for up to four people, including breakfast. Those staying the night can either enjoy the day-time film sessions or will have the option to watch the film from 6.30pm as part of their evening in Grimsby, when the bar menu will be available.

Afternoon tea and / or the hotel stay can be booked by contacting the hotel directly in person, or by phone on 01472 80600 or by email: reception@hiexpressgrimsby.com quoting OFSH. Car parking available (charge applies).

Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the event.

Freshney Wildlife Walk

Sunday 28 May 10am
Family Freshney Wildlife Walk for all ages, with the Canoe River Cleaner. Meet at Garth Lane bridge.

We invite you on a walk with the Canoe River Cleaner which will includes a brief history of the Freshney, an overview of the wildlife resident there and a nature i-spy for the kids. Give back to nature afterwards by joining in with a litter pick, ending up at Grimsby in Bloom for a cuppa. Includes a duck feeding session with feed supplied by Haiths.

Our Future Starts Here is produced by The Culture House, an arts and cultural organisation based in Grimsby working to widen access to culture, enliven spaces and provide more opportunities for connection while exploring issues that matter to us all. The Culture House is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.