Manchester City Council is leading the city’s arrangements to mark the anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack on Tuesday 22 May 2018.
Those affected by those terrible events will want to mark the date in different ways, so the programme is varied and takes different forms, to make sure that people can feel connected to it.
The commemoration programme is based around two themes: Remembrance; Reflection and Celebration of Life – recognising each of the 22 people who lost their lives in the attack, those who were injured and first responders – and Manchester Together, embracing the solidarity shown by the city.
Manchester Cathedral 2-3pm
One of the events is a Civic Memorial Service at Manchester Cathedral. The service will be attended by bereaved families, those injured and first responders. Many more will want to attend than there is space, so the service will be live streamed in Cathedral Gardens, as well as Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, York Minster and Glasgow Cathedral.
Manchester Together – With One Voice
Albert Square 7.30-9pm
This event is open for all to come together, with one voice, for a mass-singalong in a united act of remembrance. Supported by choirs from across the region, there will be a selection of songs that evoke pride and solidarity.
Manchester Together – There is a Light
St Ann’s Square dusk – midnight 22-26 May
For five nights, song lyrics will be projected onto the pavements and buildings in the St Ann’s Square. The square became an important place for reflection and paying respects to those who lost their lives. Lyrics from songs chosen by the public will be projected.
10.31pm 22 May City Centre
At 10.31pm on 22 May, a year since the attack took place, bells will ring out from church and civic buildings in the city centre.
Trees of Hope
Victoria Station to St Ann’s Square
A Trees of Hope Trail through the city centre will begin the weekend before the anniversary. People will be able to leave personal messages of hope, and support for those affected, on trees placed at key locations around the city centre including St Ann’s Square.
Manchester Run and City Games
A one-minute silence will also be held during the Great Manchester Run, with further commemorative elements during the Games including fundraising for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.