What Is the City but the People?

Created by the People of Manchester. In association with Islington Mill

Thu 29 June, 2017

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2017's Festival opened with an invitation – for everyone to come to Piccadilly Gardens and join friends, neighbours and total strangers for this self-portrait of the city.

Raised high above the pavements, a unique selection of individuals from across Manchester walked along a runway stretching more than 100 metres through Piccadilly Gardens.

All eyes were on the people of Manchester as they become the opening event of the Festival.

With live music from Graham Massey assisted by an unexpected mix of local musicians, What Is the City but the People? captured and celebrated Manchester as never before.

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival. Supported by Arts Council England's Ambition for Excellence and My Festival Circle.

What Is the City but the People? can be found internationally on 15th September in Utrecht, Netherlands as the opening event to Uitfeest 2018.

Image credits: Tarnished Vision

From an idea by Jeremy Deller

Richard Gregory Director

Simon Banham Designer

Graham Massey Musical Director

Sonia Hughes Writer

Gavin Parry Photographer

Hawkins\Brown Architects

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