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Manchester Day workshop opens for business at Old Granada Studios

The legendary Manchester Day creative studio – known as the WoW workshop – is now open and welcoming volunteers and artists as production begins on this year’s event.

The legendary Manchester Day creative studio – known as the WoW workshop – is now open and welcoming volunteers and artists as production begins on this year’s event.

Manchester Day returns on Sunday, 19 June, but the magnitude of the day requires thousands of people hours in the weeks running up to the event.

The creative hub of the festival has this year moved to a new home at the Old Granada Studios, gifted to the event by owners Allied London, for producers Walk The Plank to create the Manchester magic with the help of more than 50 North West artists.

Offering a huge amount of space, the Granada studios site will help community groups from across Manchester create the most ambitious Manchester Day celebration to date.

This year the city’s achievements in science will be the inspiration for Manchester Day and the theme: EUREKA!

Now in its sixth outing, Manchester Day has become a must-see event with tens of thousands of spectators flocking to celebrate the best of Manchester. 

Around 2,000 people will eventually perform on the day either in the parade or in one of the city centre squares as Manchester is transformed for the afternoon.

Once again, the city centre squares will become open-air venues for the afternoon welcoming beguiling range of outdoor theatre, music, circus and performance arts – along with attractions for all the family, and a mouth-watering selection of food and drinks - from midday until 6pm.

The parade will leave Liverpool Road at 1pm, weaving its way through the city centre and finish in Exchange Square at approximately 2.30pm. Last year tens of thousands of people attended the day-long event and expectations are high for an even bigger turn out this year.

The iconic town hall will also become an interactive laboratory – the Brainbox - welcoming scientists from the city’s universities to conduct fascinating live experiments in front of the Manchester Day audience.

Cllr Pat Karney, Chair of Manchester Day, said: “For the audience Manchester Day transforms the city for one afternoon, but in reality weeks of works from hundreds of people go into creating the artworks and costumes that make the celebration the most incredible afternoon of the year.

“This year’s theme – EUREKA! – allows the imagination to explode in so many different directions, with a huge scope for creativity. I can’t wait to see what the come up with.”

Liz Pugh, Co-founder and Creative Producer of Walk the Plank, said: “The WoW workshop provides a space for the community groups and artists to work on their creations, costumes and performances. Mas (Masquerade) camps are also held at WoW and bring a flavour of carnival tradition to the event as a wider spectrum of participants are welcomed into the workshop for a weekend of creating and crafting.”

And don’t forget Albot² - the official Manchester Day time travelling robot - that will be visiting some of the history’s most incredible scientific discoveries and keeping a twitter journal of her travels.

Keep up with the journey up until Manchester Day, 19 June – along with all the Manchester Day updates and news. @manc_day

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Manchester Day is created by Manchester People, commissioned by Manchester City Council and produced by Walk the Plank.

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