26/04/2010 by mcmakarolyn
Manchester Creative and Media Academy (MC&MA) is to make history after securing a highly sought after spot in what will be Manchester’s answer to Rio Carnival.
Staff and students are using their creative talents to create and star on a spectacular float for the all-new Manchester Day parade on Sunday June 20.
The academy will be working with Mark Bedford, professional set designer from Salford-based events company and parade producers Walk The Plank.
The designer will help MC&MA to produce the larger-than-life display for the ‘Out Of This World’-themed parade, commissioned by Manchester City Council in line with their ‘Be Proud Love Manchester’ campaign.
The Manchester Day parade will travel around central Manchester. It will assemble on Liverpool Road and process along Deansgate as far as St Ann’s Sq. It will then returning past the Town Hall, back to Deansgate and then disperse at Castlefield.
Celebration of the city and its people
It aims to celebrate Manchester’s people, cultural diversity, history and vision for the future by emulating the colourful and playful look and feel of world-famous street parades such as Rio Carnival and the New Orleans Mardi Gras.
There will be towering puppets, music, dance, sparkling costumes – and even interactive performances.
Fantastic opportunity for MC&MA
MC&MA Executive Principal, Barry Fishwick, said: “The Manchester Day parade is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our students. How many kids –or even adults – will get the chance to be in a parade like this?
“I think it’s brilliant that we have managed to secure this opportunity to show off our Creative and Media Academy. We are a Manchester academy; and will be showing the rest of the city what we are all about.”
Walk The Plank is internationally renowned. It has produced the lantern element of the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games’ closing ceremony and done work for Toronto’s Winter Festival and the Singapore Arts Festival.