Manchester International Festival 2021 takes over the city, with around 3 million people in attendance!

5 August 2021

Manchester International Festival brought an incredible showing of culture and expression to Manchester, and Showsec was proud to support this event, supplying site security and customer service to Festival Square, Sea Change at Deansgate, and more!

With art from all over the globe, this festival opened the eyes of 3 million people to the beauty of world culture and the expression of art, with a further 1.2 million people experiencing it online. The festival founders’ vision was to bring together artists from all kinds of different backgrounds and art forms to create new work, to inspire people, and they certainly managed to carry this through from the 1st to 18th July.

Festival Square was a hotspot at this event, with free live performances from a number of up-and-coming artists, such as ‘Billy Nomates’ and Honeyfeet, the atmosphere was buzzing. To top it all off, there were mouth-watering treats perfectly crafted by some incredible companies, like Eat Well and Heathcote&Co, and whilst all of this was happening around them, the Showsec team were on hand to ensure a safe environment for attendees to enjoy everything that Festival Square had to offer.

Showsec also had a hand in the traffic stopping performance ‘Sea Change’ performed on Deansgate. With 150 dancers joining French Choreographer Boris Charmatz, this dance filled the street with an entourage of professional performers, capturing a celebration of togetherness in a post-lockdown world, our team were pleased to secure the site for this captivating scene!

Tom Rigby, Regional Manager for North East said “It was a fantastic opportunity to work with MIF again for this year’s Manchester International Festival, to be able to present a fantastic city-wide event, successfully and safely, after long 24 months away due to the pandemic was amazing.”

Showsec provided security across all external sites at this festival, and worked alongside the client to meet their vision, whilst creating a family-friendly environment for all to enjoy. It’s safe to say this event was an astounding success!