Manchester Day 2018

Gemma Gibb, Families Editor
Manchester Day courtesy Mark Waugh
Mark Waugh. Walk the Plank

Manchester Day, 17 June 2018, free entry - Visit now

This annual celebration (which drew crowds of over 100, 000 last year) is the perfect opportunity to remind ourselves that Manchester has never needed an excuse to celebrate all that is blinking amazing about this city.

Now in its 9th year and produced by Manchester’s world renowned, showstopping outdoor arts producers Walk The Plank, we love that this event never does things by halves.

The centrepiece of the day is a mile long (yes, you read that right) spectacular carnival parade featuring the work of over 60 artists and 70 diverse community groups from across the city. Walked and danced by over 2000 local people it will be led by key Manchester figures and is expected again to also feature tributes to those lost, injured and affected by last year’s attack.

Manchester Day 2017 courtesy Mark Waugh
Manchester Day 2017 courtesy Mark Waugh


Starting at 1pm from Liverpool Road taking in Deansgate, Albert Square and Exchange Square, its scale means it will take an hour to watch in its entirety and promises sensational huge artworks and other big wows. This year’s theme is “The Word On The Street” with artists and community groups celebrating Manchester’s global reputation as a city which has always been a pioneering voice through key moments in its history. From street culture and the printed word, to music and art, we are sure to see some off the scale creative responses as per.

Manchester Day courtesy Mark Waugh
Manchester Day courtesy Mark Waugh


City centre squares will be hosting live music, performance, and food and drink in association with Manchester Food and Drink Festival.

As events of the last year have emphasized, creativity and artistic responses, community action and celebrating the pride in and diversity of the city are all the things that make Manchester iconic worldwide.  We can’t think of a better way to continue the spirit of solidarity than a massive street party by the community groups of Manchester for the people of Manchester like this.

17 June 2018
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