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2-19 July 2009
Events: Festival Programme 2009

Jeremy Deller
Sun 5 July / Deansgate, City Centre

Watch a clip of Jeremy Deller’s Procession on Sun 5 July

Celebrate the launch weekend of MIF by lining the Deansgate mile to witness a free and uniquely Mancunian procession, created by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller’.

‘I love processions – as humans, it’s almost part of our DNA to be instinctively attracted to big public events that bring us together. A good procession is in itself a public artwork: part self-portrait and part alternative reality.’
Jeremy Deller

Procession will last approximately 1 hour and will start at the Liverpool Road end of Deansgate. Expect the noise, the colour and the excitement of a typical parade – but with a Mancunian twist. Here are just a few of the things to look out for:

From Bolton - the Blackout Crew with their latest track, specially composed for a fleet of modified cars
From Trafford – a centenary celebration of Stretford’s extraordinary Rose Queens
From Tameside – the Stalybridge brass band marking their 200th anniversary with a commemoration of the Peterloo Massacre
From Oldham – a musical tribute to the world’s first fish and chip shop
From Bury – the legendary Valerie’s market café recreated in all its glory
And from all over Greater Manchester – the largest ever gathering of local sporting mascots

Procession also has its own website. To explore the event and its accompanying exhibition (see below) further, visit Manchester Procession online.

Start time
2pm prompt.

Procession will start from the Castlefield end of Deansgate and will end at Manchester Cathedral.
Click here to view a map of the route.

Procession will last approximately 60 minutes.

Procession is suitable for families and children and will contain loud music, floats and vehicles. We recommend Great Northern Square as a suitable family viewing place. Lost Children service will be based there.

Disabled Access
Disabled viewing bays will be positioned next to John Rylands Library.

Jeremy Deller’s past projects have included Acid Brass, a collaboration with Stockport’s Williams Fairey Brass Band that linked acid house with brass band culture; The Battle of Orgreave, a 1,000-person re-enactment of the notorious 1984 battle between police and pickets during the miners’ strike; and Folk Archive, an exhibition that investigates British vernacular art.

Procession: An Exhibition
To accompany Procession, there will be a major exhibition at Cornerhouse.
A specially commissioned film will also play as part of the show, alongside a programme of other special events. Visit the event’s page and for full details.

This is an MIF Creative project.

Video clips

Above video courtesy of TateShots

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and Cornerhouse.

Photo © Tim Sinclair