Risham Syed: Each Tiny Drop

A picture of a park with lots of greenery and a small river flowing through the middle

29 Jun 2023

Mayfield Park, Boardman Gate Entrance, Baring Street , Manchester M1 2PY


FREE, pre booking required

6 - 10pm

For information on Access tickets and how to book Personal Assistant discounted tickets, visit our How to Book Access Tickets page

Running time: 30 minutes approx.

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Accessibility features available for this event: Captioning Wheelchair Access

Honour our connection to water – and to one another – in this joyful gathering at Mayfield Park.

Join us on the banks of the River Medlock to celebrate the start of MIF23 with Each Tiny Drop.

Rivers from all over the world flow into our oceans, just like people from all walks of life come together to create a vibrant community. Each Tiny Drop celebrates this togetherness and the gift of water, drawing on ancient practices and river rituals from South Asian culture.

A restorative event you can experience at your own pace, Each Tiny Drop welcomes you to take part, or simply soak up the atmosphere among family and friends.

You’re invited to collect water specially transported from the Soan River in Pakistan and steward it into the River Medlock. You can also join in with singing led by a chorus, or just take a moment to relax, reflect and let their calming sounds wash over you.

A celebration of the life source we so often take for granted, Each Tiny Drop connects us through the cycles and wonders of nature. From artist Risham Syed, director Angie Bual (Trigger) and with water-driven kinetic sculptures by Savinder Bual, it's a gesture of renewal and hope – and a reminder that each of us can care for our rivers.

Based in Lahore, Risham’s work often traces changes in our cities. For Each Tiny Drop, she turns her attention to Manchester, the Medlock and welcoming you to MIF23.

Image: Lee Baxter


Concept by Risham Syed

With Kinetic Art Works by Savinder Bual

Directed by Angie Bual (Trigger)

Curated by Alnoor Mitha

Sound Design by Dan Jones

Musical Direction by Beth Allen 

Commissioned and produced by Factory International for Manchester International Festival.


This is a free timed entry ticketed event, you will need a ticket to attend. The event is bookable in 10-minute slots, but we recommend spending around 30 minutes to get the most out of your experience.

For ticketing and box office related enquiries, please contact tickets@factoryinternational.org.

For more information please visit: Ticketing and Sale of Goods Terms & Conditions – Factory International

Accessible ticketing can be booked online and via email for this event.

Below is an overview of access booking information:

Online booking: How to book Access and PA Tickets

Email Address: access@factoryinternational.org

Access Information

The full address of the park is Boardman Gate Entrance, Baring St, Manchester M1 2PY

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Accessible ticketing can be booked online and via email for this event.

Below, is an overview of access booking information:

Online booking: How to book Access and PA Tickets

Email Address: access@factoryinternational.org

The event takes place along the main pathway through the park. There are places to sit throughout the park, including a mix of benches with arms and without. You can stop and rest at any point. The pathways are a mix of smooth concrete surfaces and metal slatted bridges. For this event, we will also be providing temporary accessible routes to the River Medlock using pathways over grassed areas.

An accessible toilet is available at Mayfield Park. It is located near the children’s playground.

Mayfield Park is dog friendly.

There is one element of the show where some lyrics will be sung in Punjabi – an English translation of these lyrics will be displayed for everyone.

There is no BSL translation for this event – there is only one element of sung lyrics, which will be on display for everyone.

Although there is a designated route through the event, you are free to go at your own pace, take breaks and move to quieter areas as you need to.

Further Information about accessibility can be found on the Mayfield Park website.

Travel Information

The closest stations the Mayfield Park are:

Manchester Piccadilly station : 0.2 miles

St Peter’s Square tram: 0.9 miles

Manchester Oxford Road train station: 0.9

Click on the links above to find detailed access information for each station.

The following bus lines have routes that pass near Mayfield Park: 101, 17, 192, 201, 231, 83, 86, X43, X50.

There are eight bike parking spaces on Baring Street, Manchester M1 2PY

There is a car park approximately 0.4 miles away from Mayfield Park at NCP Car Park Manchester Store Street, Store St, Manchester M1 2WD.

Accessible Parking:

Chorlton St. (7 bays) - 0.5 miles away from Mayfield Park

For a list of other parking bays available in the area, visit Manchester City Council website.

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