People and cranes

Part of Meet the Neighbours: The Weekend

Saturday 9 November, 12 noon – 9pm, followed by gig
Secret locations, Manchester City Centre, UK

A performative response to the social and political issues created by Manchester’s rapid growth.

Manchester is a prime example of today’s fast-changing cities – a city with an industrial heritage long in decline, that has been revived as the heart of England’s Northern Powerhouse and a cultural hotspot. But as cranes populate the skyline, there’s been a visible rise in the number of homeless people sleeping rough on the streets below. As the urban landscape swells and shifts to meet the needs of a booming population, who is steering that change? And are everyone’s needs being met equally?

Join us for a day of guided excursions, expert provocations, installations, food and conversation exploring how the city’s development is changing the way we live together.

Reflecting on the politics of development, the changing nature of neighbourliness, and how we think about and plan for the future, People and cranes will create a complex subjective mapping of the city and its inhabitants. It will be an experiment in how we relate to one another, share experiences and exchange ideas.

Curated by Quarantine & Florian Malzacher and documented by Ladies of the Press


12 noon: Excursions

The day will begin in scattered locations across the city, you’ll be met by neighbours old and new, and be guided into places often unseen that reveal a unique perspective on life in Manchester.

You may find yourself on a hard-hat site visit, meeting the bees that live on the top of Manchester Cathedral, having tea with the person who has lived in the city centre the longest, or being guided through the streets by asylum seekers.

3pm: Encounters

We'll come together to hear a keynote provocation from leading Belgian artist Sarah Vanhee followed by an afternoon of performative installations and discussions that tease out the issues surrounding how Manchester is being shaped and the affect urban development is having on the people who live here.

A series of future gazing provocations will interrupt the afternoon, including from the Guardian’s senior economics commentator Aditya Chakrabortty, future transport researcher Dr Ransford A. Acheampong (University of Manchester), artist Sibylle Peters on humans and non-humans in the city and Rachael Gibbons on social housing and mobility.

6.30pm: Dinner and reflection on the day


8.30pm - late, Sachas Hotel, Northern Quarter, Manchester


The Northern Quarter has long been a hotbed of musical talent. Join us for an evening of music reflecting a slice of Manchester’s current live scene today.

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Saturday full day ticket (People and cranes + Noisy neighbours): £25 (£12.50)*
Saturday just gig ticket: £8 (£4)
Full weekend ticket: £35 (£17.50)*

Please note: Ticket sales for People and cranes officially closed at 10am on Thursday 7 November. We are now operating a late booking process. Anyone booking after this time may experience delays in communication about the start time & location of the Saturday event.

*The price of the Saturday ticket includes lunch and dinner, the full weekend ticket also includes lunch on the Sunday (all dietary requirements will be catered for).

The 50% off concessionary rate is available to seniors (aged 60+), under 18s, students in full-time education, job-seekers and those with disabilities.

People and cranes will begin in Manchester City Centre. You will be given your exact start time and location at least 24 hours before the event begins via email and/or text. The day will end at iconic Northern Quarter institution Sachas Hotel.

Quarantine do not wish price to be a barrier to anyone attending. A number of free places are available for those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend. To enquire about a free place, please email

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