Manchester City Council

Abracadabra! Magical Manchester Day is back!

The city-wide celebration of Manchester is back this coming June ready to transform the city centre with a theme that is all about magic…

Returning on Sunday, 18 June, Manchester Day has become one of the UK’s biggest outdoor events and an unmatched community project, inviting up to 2,000 people to parade through the streets to celebrate the city’s achievements through its history.


This year’s theme – Abracadabra – will be inspired by the real magic of science, defying expectations and conjuring up a wonderful vision of the magic of Manchester!


From the thrill of the make believe, to the real magic of science, Manchester is always conjuring up something different to defy expectations.


From a small Lancastrian township, to an industrial metropolis of the world, Manchester is no stranger to magical transformation. We’ll be celebrating a city that’s full of surprises and always has a trick or two up its sleeve.


The city council along with the producers of Manchester Day, Walk the Plank, are now inviting applications to get involved with this year’s amazing celebration and be part of one of the biggest street parties in the country.


Whether you’re part of a group or interested in taking part as an individual, all applications are welcome.


You could be part of Manchester Day 2017 performing in one of the city’s squares or even as part of the WOW CROWD, which gives individuals not connected to a community group the chance to work on a collaborative piece as part of the parade or work backstage.


The deadline for applications is Monday, 6 February 2017



Cllr Pat Karney, Chair of Manchester Day, said: “We’ve all felt the magic of Manchester -the history, the achievements, the pride – and this is your chance to be part of the biggest celebration of the year. The colossal event has become a red letter day that communities across the city look forward to, and this year’s theme will reveal itself as the best yet.


“The magical Abracadabra theme gives this year’s community groups so much scope to be creative with their ideas and gives our magnificent artists a huge challenge to bring everything to life before June. This will be the best thing you do in 2017, so come forward and get involved.”


Liz Pugh, Walk the Plank co-founder and Manchester Day producer, said: “This is our eighth Manchester Day and this year we’ll be daring you to take your imaginations as far as they can go as we transform the city centre streets and squares in to a visual feast of tricks, alchemy and invention. Once again our community groups will be working with artists to magic up fantastic parade floats, costumes and choreography, so make sure you have the 18th June in your diary.”


Manchester Day is commissioned by the city council, produced by Walk the Plank and created by Manchester people.


We want as many people as possible to be involved with Manchester Day. However, entry is subject to a selection process and, as there is always a high demand from potential participants, places cannot be guaranteed for every applicant.

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