Swan Song

Date: 1 September 2018 to 1 September 2018

Location: Platt Fields Park, Manchster

Client: Festival of Manchester

An enchanting brief encounter on the lake between a Swan and a Peacock

On Saturday September 1, join us both in the day and the evening, for a late summer experience as part of the Festival of Manchester featuring the proudest of peacocks and the most elegant of swans as they create a fleeting moment of fiery magic on the lake at Platt Fields Park.

During the day, families can work with our expert ‘peacock maker’ to create fantastic tail feathers to ensure he’s looking his very best for his evening encounter with the Swan.  Tail feather making workshops will be available from midday to 6pm at the Arts & Crafts tent.  Why not join us throughout the day – suitable for accompanied children of all ages.

Return to the lake at 8pm, as dusk falls, to hear the peacock calling. See if you can catch the fleeting moment when the swan and peacock come together in a magical encounter featuring musical performance, fire, an illuminated swan and the most handsome peacock in the park.

We're delighted to be working with the Manchester International Roots Orchestra including a singer, rapper and seven musicians to create the accompanying music for this enchanting evening encounter.

Swan Song has been created by Walk the Plank for the Festival of Manchester, a Manchester City Council event.

"It's great to be producing this small moment of spectacle at the Festival of Manchester using unique work created by our artists.

Both the Swan and the Peacock will be stunning animated features and, during the day, we've created opportunities for children and families to work on creating additional feathers for the peacock - a great way for everyone to be part of the creative fun and discover their 'inner Peacock' feather making skills."

Lauren Barton, Production Manager.
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