Manchester City Council

The official countdown to this year’s magical Manchester Day has begun!

Manchester Day is just round the corner as the workshop creating this year’s incredible artworks opens its doors.

This year’s Manchester Day (Sunday, 18 June) will celebrate the city with this year’s theme – Abracadabra – that revels in the everyday magic of Manchester, as well as the amazing and charmed achievements by Manchester people through its history.

Run by the outstanding outdoor arts organisation, Walk the Plank, the now famous WoW Workshop – located inside Upper Campfield Market on Liverpool Road for the first time – has now opened for business welcoming top artists from across the North West.

The artists will be joined by the hundreds of volunteers from community groups across the city who are ready to begin the mammoth task of creating the artworks, costumes and props that make Manchester Day the best show of the year.

Expect a cacophony of colour, sound and magic this coming June as hundreds of people from community groups from across the city come together in a parade full of celebration for the city we live in.

As always, the parade will also spill over into the city centre squares for a full afternoon of entertainment, food and drink – all of which will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Don’t forget, there is still time to be part of the show, either by helping to create the miraculous parade or by volunteering to help on the day.

Visit and find out more in the “Get Involved” section.

Keep up with all the Manchester Day news at the official twitter - @Manc_Day - and join the conversation using #McrDay17

Cllr Pat Karney, Chair of Manchester Day, said: “It’s a magical time to be in Manchester as we begin the countdown to the best event of the summer – where the streets and squares are transformed in to a huge open air stage and more than 2,000 people parade through the city centre.

“Now the hard work begins. The hundreds of artists, community groups and volunteers will be working tirelessly for the next two months to make our wildest imaginations come true before our very eyes.

Liz Pugh, Co-Founder of Walk the Plank and Manchester Day Executive Producer, said: “Now in its eighth year we’re delighted to be working on another Manchester Day in partnership with the City Council.  This annual celebration of all things Mancunian is not just a brilliant day out but a fantastic way in which a wide range of community groups can present their unique identity and culture to the people of Manchester.”

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