Manchester will thank everyone this weekend for helping and supporting each other with a fabulous festival of free entertainment during the pandemic.

During Thanks You Manchester Weekend (August 14th and 15th), downtown is hosting a free, fun, one-off weekend thank you party designed to bring back laughter and smiles.

In this way, the city pays a joyful tribute to all those who have helped us over the past year and a half.

With street theater, dance, live music and the opportunity to create a very special Manchester thank you with three artists from the city, there is something for everyone.

The weekend starts on Saturday with a big thank you from the city bosses to all the great people who Manchester simply couldn’t have done without over the past 18 months.

Doctors, nurses, shop assistants, bus drivers, blackboard workers, teachers, mothers and fathers and volunteers from vaccination centers will be given special mention at the opening event, which honors everything they have done during this time to help us protect us all and us keep going.

And to stick with the thank you theme, Mancunians are asked to add their own thank you to a giant Manchester thank you sculpture made up of giant 3D letters that spell out “Manchester”.

Under the leadership of the team behind Art Battle Manchester and with the support of event producers Engine No. 4, three local artists are hired to add their own designs to the letters, which will be a huge, colorful thank you to the city.

With a height of 1.4 meters and a length of 14 meters, it is hoped that after completion the huge thank you will be issued in the city as a reminder of the spirit of the city in the past 18 months and all and everything that Mancunians want to say thank you for.

Sir Richard Leese, Chairman of Manchester City Council, said: “None of us will forget what we have been through in the past year and a half, and along the way the people we have loved and lost.

“We will never forget the people who helped us to get through – be it through their friendliness, practical help, learning support or life-saving expertise.

“So many people from so many different parts of our city life deserve a big thank you for everything they have done to protect us and keep us going during the pandemic, and we want them to know how much we appreciate them and what your “help has meant for us.”

The council is working with outdoor arts specialist Walk the Plank to put together an exciting and exciting program of events for the weekend.

A spectacular weekend full of surprises and fun for all ages is promised, with music, circus performances and walk-in street theater conquering the streets and squares of the city.

From rainbow stilts and giant flamingos to human-sized pigeons, super-friendly special bees and adorable squirrels like you’ve never seen them before, all ready to bewitch and delight, there is something for everyone.

After a year and a half of lockdowns and the sound of silence on the streets and squares of the city, music lovers can indulge themselves at the weekend with a musical Manchester thank you for everyone who missed the sound of live music and performance.

With live music in Cathedral Gardens and Piccadilly Gardens, the city’s squares are enlivened with music and sounds that celebrate Manchester’s rich musical heritage. From Bollywood and brass to samba, soul beats and everything in between, as well as cool jazz beats, rhythmic drummers and a special performance curated by Matt and Phred’s.

The Manchester Central Library is hosting a musical extravaganza on Sunday with an invitation to try your hand at one of the many instruments in the library’s collection, listen to the Northern Chamber Orchestra, or see the amazing hip hop archive exhibition that is over 40 years old is of hip hop lifestyle and culture.

The weekend will also feature performances by some of the city’s most popular local community groups, all of whom are well known at pre-Covid city festivals. Hailing from across the Manchester community, they present everything from belly dancing to soul beats, samba and more.

Exchange Square will host a Manchester Market over the weekend, selling iconic Manchester imagery and Manchester-style clothing and accessories alongside tasty goodies from local bakeries and other local produce.

There will be an opportunity on Sunday to come together to remember the lost and reflect on the past year and a half when Reverend Canon Nigel Ashworth, along with Manchester Mayor Tommy Judge, will chair a short community meeting of Thanksgiving and Remembrance at 12:30 Clock in St. Ann’s Square.

This includes musical contributions from the St. Ann Church Choir and the Greenfield Brass Band, as well as singing together. There will also be a minute’s silence so the city can pause, stand together, remember and reflect.

The Reverend Canon Nigel Ashworth of St. Ann’s Church in Manchester said:: “We have all experienced a lot in the past year and a half. On Sunday we thank you for all the good we have seen and at the same time remember all the people we have lost. “

In true Mancunian fashion, an army of specially recruited volunteers will be on site over the weekend to support the event, which could not be carried out without them, with more than a hundred responding to the call for help in just a few days.

The festival will stretch over the whole weekend and the performances on Saturday will be repeated on Sunday to allow as many people as possible to come into town, soak up the atmosphere and safely have fun.

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