SHSH has been working for the most generous production Bells for Peace, a participative and experiential public event at the opening of the Manchester International Festival 2019.

A simple and careful approach to the stage design, bell towers, screens, wish trees and to the whole site was proposed and developed together with Yoko Ono and the MIF team.

- quotation from MIF
Join us on Thursday 4 July for our big free opening event. Bring a bell and ring out for peace!

Yoko Ono invites the people of Manchester to gather together in Cathedral Gardens and send a message of peace to the world. Join thousands of diverse voices and a people’s orchestra of bells from home and abroad as the city rings and sings out for peace – and welcomes the world to Manchester.

Yoko Ono has been among the world’s most renowned and respected artists for more than 50 years. This new commission is the first major work she has created for the city of Manchester.

People across Greater Manchester are currently designing and creating their own unique handcrafted ceramic bells at a series of special workshops. Join them on the day to hear them – or bring a bell of your own and join in!

‘Come and join together to send a message of peace to the world. The beauty of this piece will break the sky and more. Ring for peace! PEACE is POWER! I love you all.’ – Yoko Ono

Emily Lim – Event Director
Shizuka Hariu & Shin Hagiwara – Site Designers
Ian William Galloway – Video Designer
Ben and Max Ringham – Sound Designers

Ceramic Bells – Produced by communities across Greater Manchester, facilitated by Standard Practice.

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival. Supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation as part of My Festival.

Ceramic bells produced by communities across Greater Manchester in workshops facilitated by Standard Practice.

Photo Matthew Placek, Copyright Yoko Ono.

Juillet 2019
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