29 June – 16 July 2017

What Is the City but the People?

Created by the People of Manchester from an idea by Jeremy Deller. In association with Islington Mill.

For the opening event of MIF17, Manchester’s meeting place will be the setting for a self-portrait of the city. A specially designed walkway in Piccadilly Gardens will welcome a selection of local residents, who will parade on the runway to musical accompaniment for audiences both in the streets and online. Ranging from high-fashion statements to far more personal moments, What Is the City but the People? will capture Manchester through its outfits, attitudes and individuality.

What Is the City but the People? is a large-scale participatory celebration of Manchester and its people. If you’d like to take part, sign up to MIF’s local creative community, where we’ll keep you updated on how you can get involved with this and other MIF activities. 

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival.