Yoko Ono invited the people of Manchester to gather together in Cathedral Gardens and send a message of peace to the world. Thousands of diverse voices and a people’s orchestra of bells from home and abroad rang and sang out for peace – welcoming the world to Manchester. Yoko Ono has been among the world’s most renowned and respected artists for more than 50 years. This new commission is the first major work she has created for the city of Manchester. People across Greater Manchester designed and created their own unique handcrafted ceramic bells at a series of special workshops. Join them on the day to hear them – or bring a bell of your own and join in! ‘Come and join together to send a message of peace to the world. The beauty of this piece will break the sky and more. Ring for peace! PEACE is POWER! I love you all.’ – Yoko Ono Emily Lim – Event Director Shizuka Hariu & Shin Hagiwara – Event Designers Ian William Galloway – Video Designer Ben and Max Ringham – Sound Designers Ceramic Bells – Produced by communities across Greater Manchester, facilitated by Standard Practice. Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival. Supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation as part of My Festival. Ceramic bells produced by communities across Greater Manchester in workshops facilitated by Standard Practice. Photo Matthew Placek, Copyright Yoko Ono.
BELLS FOR PEACE is a public event which takes place in Cathedral Gardens, a public space in Manchester city centre.
Cathedral Gardens is located approximately five minutes’ walk from Manchester Victoria station and Metrolink, and directly next to Exchange Square Metrolink (which has step-free access to the platform).
Accessible parking is available nearby in Q-Park Deansgate North which has 23 Blue Badge bays. There are also accessible spaces at NCP Manchester Arena, from where you can reach Cathedral Gardens via a lift through Victoria Station.
Cathedral Gardens itself is an outdoor space with a flat flagstoned floor. Dress appropriately for the weather conditions on the day, and bear in mind that it may get cold.
There are no on-site toilets at this event. There are nearby toilets, including accessible toilets on the ground floor of Manchester Arndale centre, as well as inside Victoria Station (with a RADAR key). The nearest Changing Places facility is also located inside Manchester Arndale centre in the lower mall opposite Shopmobility.
BELLS FOR PEACE is a walk-up event, and audience members are free to come and go as they please. There will be a small area reserved for wheelchair users, which will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Volunteers will be able to direct you to this area on the day.
This a standing event, but there are places to sit around Cathedral Gardens. There will be a small amount of additional seating available in the wheelchair area for those with mobility issues. This is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
This performance may include loud/continuous noise, bell-ringing and video effects.
We will have provision for those who may need ear protection on the day, if you are bringing small children we advise that you bring ear defenders.