Producers: Walk the Plank
Salford based arts organisation Walk the Plank , one of the UK’s leading outdoor arts organisations, return as producers of Manchester Day. From village square to international stage, they work in collaboration with diverse communities and artists to enrich lives through shared creative experience. In 2017 they moved to their new creative hub for outdoor arts, coinciding with their 25th anniversary. After a quarter of a century of inspiring creative excellence, they continue to have a huge appetite for artistic risk and innovation.
Their work has been acclaimed throughout the world, from the recent European Capital of Culture Opening Ceremony in Pafos in 2017, Cyprus to Ar Waith Ar Daith in 2015 celebrating Wales Millennium Centre’s 10th Anniversary. Many Manchester residents will recall their breath-taking closing ceremony to the 2002 Commonwealth Games featuring a large scale lantern display and hundreds of local community participants.
In 2013 the team worked alongside London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony writer Frank Cottrell Boyce to create a major event for the first ever UK City of Culture in Derry~Londonderry entitled The Return of Colmcille.
Artists working with Manchester Day
Each year Walk the Plank pair artists with successful applicant groups and individuals to help realise participants’ ambitious creative ideas. Creative development project ELEVATE also sees emerging artists paired with established artists to share skills and knowledge.