22 May First Anniversary Commemoration Programme

Please see below for an update on Manchester City Council’s plans to mark the 22 May anniversary of the Arena attack.

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, first responders and Manchester Together.

Remembering Together – Manchester Cathedral 2.00 – 3.00pm. A Civic Memorial Service at Manchester Cathedral will be attended by bereaved families and first responders. Many more will want to attend than there is space, so the service will be live streamed in Cathedral Gardens in Manchester City Centre as well as Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, York Minster and Glasgow Cathedral.

Manchester Together – With One Voice, Albert Square 7.30 – 9.00pm. 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.

Manchester Together – There is a Light, St Ann’s Square, from dusk, 22 – 26 May. For five nights song lyrics chosen by the public will be projected onto the pavements and buildings in St Ann’s Square.

10.31pm, 22 May City Centre. At 10.31pm on 22 May, a year since the attack took place bells will ring out from buildings in the City Centre.

Trees of Hope, Victoria Station to St Ann’s Square, Dates tbc. 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, 20 May. A one-minute silence will also be held during the Great Manchester Run with further commemorative elements during the Games weekend including fundraising for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.