13 June 2019
Manchester Day Reflections – Lauren Moore, artist
A series of interviews with artists, participants and volunteers who have worked on Manchester Day, which celebrates its 10th anniversary on June 23, 2019.
In the first of our flashback articles to mark the 10th anniversary of Manchester Day we talk to Lauren Moore who danced in the first Manchester Parade back in 2009, and also volunteered to make costumes with the group she was involved with.
Since then she’s become a die-hard Manchester Day aficionado and has worked as a lead artist in 2013, 2015 and 2018, the latter as part of the ELEVATE programme. This is a training and professional development programme for artists funded by Arts Council England and delivered by Walk the Plank in partnership with Manchester City Council.
Back in 2010, Lauren had never had any experience with carnival and community arts but says that after working on our first ever Manchester Day she got hooked straight away. At the time she first worked on Manchester Day she was still a student. Her first year as a lead artist came in 2013, just one year after graduating.
“I was still quite fresh. It was quite nerve wracking and I felt like I didn’t know what I was doing. It was a great learning curve though, and the costumes from my first year are still my favourites.”
Manchester Day is all about working collaboratively so Lauren has gained some new skills that go beyond just her artistic input.
“I’ve definitely become more confident at managing projects and people. You work with a lot of volunteers of varying experience and skill levels, which is definitely one thing I really love about working on Manchester Day. It’s really lovely to see someone come in and enjoy developing a new or existing skill. It’s also helped me to develop a much more collaborative approach to my work.”
This year Lauren is working on the front section with Casaba Carnival Arts.
“I believe they’ve got some choreography up their sleeves but I’ll be dancing further back in the parade with Juba de Leao though, as I can’t resist the chance to join in with it all’.
Before we finish our interview with Lauren we ask her one final question to see what Manchester Day means to her.
“It genuinely led me into what I do today, which is working full time as a freelance artist and maker. Agreeing to dance in that first parade with Manchester School of Samba was the catalyst for finding a career and a way of life that I really love.”
Watch out for the next in our 10/10 reflections.
Manchester Day. Created by Manchester People. Commissioned by Manchester City Council. Produced by Walk the Plank. ELEVATE is supported by Arts Council England.
2019 Presenting partner Manchester Airport