By Tim Jonze
To launch Manchester international festival, artist Jeremy Deller created a catwalk show for 150 citizens. From whippet-owners to the cab operator who gave free rides after the terror attack, here are the stars of What Is the City But the People?
You could think of it as a Lowry painting brought to life. Or maybe a great fashion show in the sky. One thing you won’t mistake What Is the City But the People? for, though, is a typical opening ceremony.
“We didn’t want it to be about fireworks, building projections, the usual things,” says John McGrath about the inaugural event of Manchester international festival 2017, his first as the festival’s artistic director. “We wanted it to be about going to an artist and asking what their creative idea would be.”