Hours of entertainment
A party in the park packed full of performances and activities to keep you delighted and entertained, including music, dance, sport, words, food and crafts.
Once again the vibe of a street party will top off the whole day off, with plenty of ways for all the family to join in the fun, with a traditional funfair to boot!
Find out about local community organisations and the inspiring work they do. Have a chat, share ideas and discover how you can make a difference through volunteering.
And to round off an amazing day, marvel at the spectacular show on the lake after dusk. Outdoor arts experts, Walk the Plank, who brought the 2018 Swan and the Peacock, will be the creative genius behind the finale show.
Platt Fields is one of Manchester’s principal parks situated just south of the city centre and nestled in amongst a myriad of different cultural communities with over 43 languages spoken just in the streets closest to the park.
The park was opened in 1908 and is known as the ‘people’s park’ due to a huge campaign by local people to purchase the land using subscription and council funding. The park is home to the 300 year old Grade II* listed Platt Hall, a classic Georgian design manor house once owned by the Worsley Family
The centerpiece of the park is the large lake, which is used as the stunning back drop to the festival. The festival itself incorporates many of the park features into the event including a BMX Track (built to Olympic standards), a skateboarding park, community orchard and allotment and a Shakespearean themed garden. It’s hilly landscape with wooded glades is the perfect setting to enjoy the festival.
Outdoor arts company Walk the Plank, who last year thrilled our Festival of Manchester audience with their Swan and Peacock, return for this year’s festival with the Manchester Music Box, an evening spectacle on Platt Fields Park lake which, with the help of festival goers, will come to life with a fantastic magical moment.
The Manchester Music Box celebrates the magic of pre-digital mechanical contraptions so will only work once all its various cogs and moving pieces are finally in place.
A lighthouse has appeared on the lake in Platt Fields Park….but this is no ordinary lighthouse: it’s a magical Manchester music box lighthouse. By day it can play music and at night it comes to life as the light turns, and everyone finally discovers what’s inside.
Throughout the day festival goers will be invited to make cogs to help make this music box finally spring back to life in the evening. Look out for the cog making hub in the Make & Create area.
Once they’re all in place, the magic of the box will be revealed in the finale show at 9pm.