The Music Box Lighthouse at The Festival of Manchester

Date: 31 August 2019 to 31 August 2019

Location: Platt Fields Park, Manchester

Client: Manchester City Council

We were excited to be back for the second year at the Festival of Manchester, a one day festival that celebrates the diverse communities of Manchester.  For this commission, our challenge was to create a magical end of the day finale spectacle for a family audience focused on the lake at Platt Fields Park.

The Manchester Music Box was designed as a piece that festival-goers could play a part in making happen throughout the day - thereby building momentum and anticipation for the big finale once light had faded.

Celebrating a pre-digital era of mechanics and engineering (cogs, wheels etc), festival-goers were invited to take part in a series of workshops to craft and decorate their own cogs, overseen by a curious Lighthouse Keeper who appeared by the lake every so often to check on the progress of the Music Box machinery.

As the sun set over the park, children were invited to bring their cog creations to the machine at the lakeside to help put everything together to make the magical Music Box Play.

The finale piece saw the music box come to life with a magical moment of reveal inside, enhanced by pyrotechnics to give it added spectacle.

The Manchester Music Box  was created by Walk the Plank for the Festival of Manchester, a Manchester City Council event.

Images by Mark Waugh.

Project Specification
Firework Displays
Project Scale
Creative Content
Design and fabrication
Site responsive performance