Manchester Day is an annual event that celebrates everything great about the city, taking place on Sunday 19th June 2016. It is a day for people to get together and celebrate all things that have well and truly put Manchester onto the map.
Last year, over 70,000 people enjoyed the sunshine and watched the parade through the city centre. Over 2,500 people participated in Manchester Day 2015, including 90 Manchester charities, community groups and companies. Manchester Day 2016 promises to be even bigger and better than ever! As well as an amazing parade through the heart of the city starting at 1pm, Manchester’s city centre squares will feature a dazzling array of performances and decorations.
This year’s theme, EUREKA! will take you on an adventure of wonder, invention and curiosity as we celebrate Manchester’s achievements in the world of science, as part of the ‘European City of Science’ celebrations.
The Brain Box
The Town Hall will also be home to The Brain Box – an interactive laboratory welcoming scientists from the city’s universities to conduct fascinating live experiments in front of members of the public.
The Brain Box will celebrate the wonders of the brain: explaining how it works, how it is studied, what can go wrong, and how this might be fixed. This will be a unique opportunity for you to interact with scientists, clinicians, creative practitioners and artists at a unique event with exciting and thought-provoking exhibits, displays and hands-on activities for all ages.
The Brain Box is a unique collaboration between Manchester City Council, The University of Manchester, Salford University and Manchester Metropolitan University, with contributions from the Museum of Science and Industry, the Stroke Association, Alzheimer’s Research UK, Parkinson’s UK and the National Autistic Society, along with many other contributors. The Brain Box is also funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Physiological Society.
Pain and the brain
As part of The Brain Box activities, come and learn about pain… how the brain can deceive the pain experience and how flies can help us to understand pain. You will also be able to learn more about a nationwide experiment led by Arthritis Research UK.