Thousands of Mancunians brought seven major new artworks to life for MIF19:

BELLS FOR PEACE our opening event included a people’s orchestra of handcrafted ceramic bells which were designed and created by hundreds of Greater Manchester residents at special workshops throughout the city and across the region.

School of Integration artist Tania Bruguera and over 100 people who have made Manchester their home from another country took over Manchester Art Gallery to deliver unique classes, from food, customs, ethics, politics and many other forms of knowledge.

Parliament of Ghosts included a team of 30 ‘Everyday Experts’ working alongside artist Ibrahim Mahama, curators and conservation teams at the Whitworth to encourage visitors of all ages to explore an extraordinary collection of historical documents from Ghana.

The Anvil a day-long series of performances across Manchester inspired by the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre, created by immersive theatre group ANU with people from across Greater Manchester – from cyclists to gardeners, activists to medical students.

Utopolis Manchester began at a host of venues throughout the city centre – from cafés and shops to hair salons and dance studios. Our 67 hosts created new audio material for the show welcomed audience members during the show’s run.

Tuesday starred a 30-strong chorus of Salford residents and amateur singers in this beautiful site-specific theatre for children and adults at the Grade I listed Victorian church of St Augustine’s, Pendlebury.

Animals of Manchester took place on our closing weekend and featured activities co-hosted by a team of Young Ambassadors from Claremont Primary School in Moss Side, and by classes of children from Holy Trinity C of E Primary School in Moston.

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