About

Created by a concept from Jeremy Deller, What is the City but the People? is a celebration of the people who make up the fabric of the place we are situated in. Raised above the pavements, members of the community parades down a 60m catwalk backed by live music, photographic and literary work.

A work of the people by the people for the people, Director Richard Gregory works with a local team to showcase the story, sentiments and soul of the city. The work involves around 150 members of the community, new music by local musicians, a local photography and video team, a local writer and interview team and a local dramaturg. This project is especially suited to be an Opening/ Closing event for venues and festivals who want to deepen their relationships with their local community.

Premiered at MIF17: 29 Jun 2017

International Presentations

Utrecht

15 Sep 2018

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht in collaboration with Centraal Museum Utrecht and SPRING Performing Arts Festival, Utrecht

Recklinghausen

4 May 2019

Ruhrfestspiele

Munich

29 Jun 2021

Munich Kammerspiele

This is a beautifully simple idea from Deller... a piece tapping deep into the power of public spaces to generate fleeting human connections between strangers. For many participants, it was more than a parade: it was an act of self-affirmation.

The Telegraph

A platform that normally celebrates superficial appearance is instead used to celebrate the everyday brilliance and resilience of the people of the city. And it’s more beautiful than any fashion show. Beautiful, heartwarming and life-affirming.

BBC News

Credits

From an idea by Jeremy Deller

Richard Gregory Director

Simon Banham Designer

Graham Massey Musical Director

Sonia Hughes Writer

Gavin Parry Photographer

Hawkins\Brown Architects

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