Calling all graduates of Drama, English, Film and Creative Writing – can you take part in #GulbFest2019?

Gulbenkian Careers Festival 2019 | Friday 1 – Sunday 3 November 2019

Calling all members of the extended family of graduates of Drama and related subjects to this year’s edition of the Gulbenkian Careers and Employability Festival (#GulbFest2019). After several highly successful events in recent years, we are hosting this encounter that uniquely combines:

  • talks, sessions and workshops with and for current and recent students offered by graduates;
  • social events and reunions;
  • tours and walks down memory lane;
  • a celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the Gulbenkian Centre; and
  • two special performances by current and former students.

The Drama department family (known unofficially as the Hull Mafia) is a unique phenomenon: the sense of community, belonging and generous, cross-generational support make the department a very special place. The Gulbenkian Fest has come to realise it, celebrate it as well as benefit from it, with alumni coming back to share their professional experiences irrespective of the paths their lives have led them on: from theatre through the arts, writing, academia, funding and administration, to more adventurous career in business, police or politics.

This year, we are expanding the reach beyond Drama towards related disciplines such as Film, English and  Creative Writing.

Expressions of interest to come and join are welcome. Graduates may participate in a range of capacities: from offering a session (a talk, a workshop, a one-on-one tutorial), through joining a colleague on a session, convening it as a moderator, offering help as a professional mentor to current and recent students, to simply being there to enjoy the company, get to see the department again, and meet students, staff and graduates.

The event is planned to start on Friday 1 November 2019 at around 1700 (performance and introductions), continue with talks and social events on Saturday, and with practical workshops on Sunday, and is expected to conclude on Sunday 3 November in early afternoon.

If you would like to get involved, please contact Pavel Drábek at, ideally by 30 June 2019.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you here.

On behalf of:

  • the Drama department,
  • in collaboration with: the Screen department, and English and American Studies department,
  • and with the help and support of: the School of The Arts, the Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education, the Development and Alumni Relations Office, and the Careers, Entrepreneurship & Study Abroad team,

Pavel Drábek (Professor of Drama and Theatre Practice), Tom Atkinson (Class of 1976), and Ian Lancaster (Class of 1971)


Pavel Drábek
School of The Arts (Drama)
University of Hull
HU6 7RX | +44 (0)1482 465206

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