Bells for Peace

  • Cathedral Square, Manchester, 2019

For the opening event of Manchester International Festival 2019, Yoko Ono invited the people of Manchester to gather together in Cathedral Gardens and send a message of peace to the world. Thousands of diverse voices and a people’s orchestra of bells from home and abroad rang and sang out for peace – welcoming the world to Manchester. People across Greater Manchester designed and created their own unique handcrafted ceramic bells at a series of special workshops.

We worked with MIF to design the timeline of the event, the layout of the screens and a delivery system, comprising a mix of live relay, text, animation and short films. We worked with Soup Co to write and produce the short films used in the event, and the entire event was packaged for live streaming, viewed online around the world.