Manchester Day Parade 2017

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Job Completed – Manchester Day

Event: Manchester Day Parade 18th June 2017.

Role: Project Manager for Elevate (budget management, scheduling, contracts, recruitment, logistics), ASM on event day.

Client: Walk the Plank

It’s a kind of Magic!  Celebrating it’s 8th year, Manchester Day promised to be bigger and better than ever with a theme of Magic.  And that proved to be the case with a huge audience on a very hot sunny day, watching the most amazing creations from artists and groups from across the region.

I had a lot of fun as the Project Manager looking after the Elevate strand of the project this year, (an artist development programme supported by Arts Council England, which aims to support regional artists to create world-class art in the public realm.)

This meant I worked with national and international artists across Manchester Day, as well as the community group Europia who created a really interesting and layered interpretation of the theme.  Being a maker I was exited to see their build come to life – ‘Rush Hour Reverie’ – and it was a real pleasure working with the artists in this group – Ruta Staseviciute and Hannah Wadle, mentored by Michael Pavelka and his assistant Stella Cecil.

I wasn’t able to help with the make, but I did source, rewire and install a 12V sound system for them, with new battery bank and mixer.  If you need to hire one, please get in touch.

A highlight was meeting and working with Gringo Cardia, a well known theatre designer from Brazil (Rio Olympics), who brought glittering costumes for the Manchester Malayalee Group and delivered an inspiring masterclass.  As a parting gift he gave me a copy of one of his beautiful books that he had signed, which was extremely touching and I absolutely treasure.

I also coordinated the dance element of the Manchester Day along with Dance Manchester and Jeanefer Jean Charles.

The Elevate programme continues into the autumn with another round of masterclasses happening in the Manchester region, so follow Walk the Plank on social media to find out more.

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