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The event takes place on Saturday 1 September from noon until 10pm.


Swan Song on the boating lake

As part of our first Festival of Manchester we’re delighted to have on board Walk the Plank, the incredible creative team behind Manchester Day.

Join them both in the day and the evening for a late summer experience featuring the proudest of peacocks and the most elegant of swans as they create a fleeting moment of fiery magic on the lake at Platt Fields Park.

During the day, families can work with their expert ‘peacock maker’ to create fantastic tail feathers to ensure he’s looking his very best for his evening encounter with the Swan.  Tail feather making workshops will be available from midday to 6pm at the Arts & Crafts tent.  Why not join in throughout the day – suitable for accompanied children of all ages.

Return to the lake at 8pm, as dusk falls, to hear the peacock calling. See if you can catch the fleeting moment when the swan and peacock come together in a magical encounter featuring musical performance, fire, an illuminated swan and the most handsome peacock in the park.

Walk the Plank has also joined forces with the Manchester International Roots Orchestra including a singer, rapper and seven musicians to create the accompanying music for this enchanting evening encounter.

Swan Song has been created by Walk the Plank for the Festival of Manchester.