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Manchester's metal tree opens weird weekend in Whitworth Park

Manchester Evening Standard

A metal tree made by the Turner Prize-nominee to replace a real London planetree lost during the renovations of the Whitworth Art Gallery will be unveiled this weekend.


Around 12 metres tall and positioned next to the Whitworth's glass cafe, the tree is the latest in a series of public art installations to be added to the neighbouring park.


Created by artist Anya Gallaccio, the tree will be unveiled at 6pm on Friday June 24, kicking off the two day WARP Festival - a special weekend of entertainment in the park.


The festival starts on Saturday, June 25 and will feature music, performance, art, and workshops - everything from bees to bands, bike rides, and building game Minecraft.


On Saturday, there's live sets from Manchester's Kaleidoscope Orchestra and local hip-hop crew Cul De Sac, Dance Manchester and Kapow Collective pick up the tree theme in GROW, while Walk the Plank open its WARP Art Sheds - designed by the young programmers as performance and workshop spaces.


The grand finale to Saturday is a fire and circus show called Whitworth on Fire, and starring the Whitworth Young Contemporaries team.


There's a family feel to the programme on Sunday, June 25, with a kid-friendly Big Fish Little Fish rave, funny street art The Bees, banks of Minecraft to play, and a mini art market from Manchester Craft Mafia.


The WARP Festival runs from noon to 9pm (free, suitable for ages 15-25 years) on June 25, and the WARP After Dark Party opens in the Whitworth Art Gallery from 9pm to 12midnight (free, but tickets essential). Gates on June 26 open at 11am with activities suitable for all ages running until 5pm (free).