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Everything you need to know about Manchester Day 2024

This year's Manchester Day 2024 has a unique theme to celebrate a wonderful summer of sport ahead
Manchester Day

Manchester is gearing up for its most exhilarating celebration yet as the city transforms into a colossal playground for Manchester Day 2024, themed Let the Games Begin!

On Saturday, July 27th, the city’s streets and squares will come alive with a vibrant mix of music, dancing, and interactive activities, promising a day of fun and excitement for all ages.

Manchester Day 2024

This year’s event, inspired by an international summer of sport, is set to be the biggest and most diverse Manchester Day yet.

Outdoor arts specialists Walk the Plank have collaborated with the city council to craft a medal-worthy program that caters to everyone, from the fleet-footed to the leisurely-paced.

One of the event’s highlights is the world’s slowest race, featuring giant snails jockeying for first place in a slow-motion spectacle that will captivate onlookers throughout the day.

Manchester’s city centre will be buzzing with an eclectic array of activities.

What’s happening at Manchester Day 2024?

Hip-Hop Wrestling

Attendees can dive into the action at a Hip-Hop wrestling ring that combines breakdancing and wrestling, or enjoy a spot of opera and drag.

Vintage fairground attractions like the hook-a-duck challenge and darts will bring a nostalgic touch, while an oversized reality arcade will immerse visitors in life-sized console games.

Award-winning dance company Motionhouse will amaze with their outdoor show “Wild,” where performers will soar through the city on a forest of poles in a daring dance-circus production.

No Fit State Circus

No Fit State Circus will defy gravity with a mesmerising performance that involves constructing towering bamboo structures using only human strength, trust, and harmony with nature.

Music lovers are in for a treat with performances that promise to transport them to different worlds.

Bringing the Copacabana Beach to Manchester

Jubacana, a youth-led fusion and dance project, will bring the vibrant sounds of Copacabana beach to Manchester with a show full of percussion, guitars, and sequins.

The city’s freshest DJs, the Bridgewater Hall Choir, and the Global Grooves procession will fill the streets with diverse beats, culminating in a show-stopping finale by the Detroit Soul Collective, one of the UK’s finest live soul bands.

This year’s Manchester Day also features a special focus on sports, with partnerships with leading UK sports bodies offering a plethora of taster sessions and fitness activities.

British Taekwondo will provide demonstrations and lessons in board-breaking and self-defense, while GLL’s 60m pop-up athletic track will host fun family challenges, including a tennis mini rally and a basketball shootout.

The excitement of The Hundred

Cricket enthusiasts can experience the excitement of The Hundred, a turbo-charged version of traditional cricket, with batting, bowling, and catching sessions.

England Netball will host netball challenges for all skill levels, and the Manchester United Foundation’s Panna Cage will offer football fans the chance to hone their skills with professional coaches.

Roaming referees will keep the day’s activities lively, occasionally bursting into song or playfully handing out red cards to ensure a fun-filled atmosphere.

Families are encouraged to try their hand at various games and sports, with gold medals awarded throughout the day for categories such as cheekiest grin and best Dad dancer.

Councillor Pat Karney, Chair of Manchester Day

Councillor Pat Karney, Chair of Manchester Day, expressed his excitement: “We know how much Mancunians of all ages love to celebrate the city’s special day with us and this year we’re really going for gold.

“We’ve got an absolutely fantastic day lined up, stuffed full of free things to see and do for all the family, all with a sporting flavour – so grab your granny and your trainers and come on down and join us!”

Walk the Plank

Bev Ayre, Senior Producer at Walk the Plank, added: “We’re delighted to be helping produce the Manchester Day programme again this year. We’ve some of the best music, dance, theatre and performance the city has to offer. Where else would you find a wrestling drag queen, a sporting dinosaur and a hip-hopping opera singer? So – Let the Games Begin!”

For more information and the latest updates on Manchester Day 2024, you can find out more on the council’s website here

Mark your calendars and prepare for a day of unforgettable fun and games as Manchester Day 2024 promises to be a celebration like no other.

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