‘The Spirit of Manchester’ Flower Festival

Flower Festival at St Ann’s church

On Monday 21st May to Wednesday 23rd May, St Ann’s will be hosting ‘The Spirit of Manchester’ Flower Festival to commemorate the 12-month anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing, in partnership with Flowers North West.


Following this heart-breaking event, St Ann’s Square became a shrine to those who were killed in the attack, with mourners flocking to the city to pay their respects, leave floral tributes and to show solidarity with one another. The Square became a sea of flowers.  St Ann’s Church also became a focal point, for people seeking solace, comfort and support.


The flowers laid in the Square were an astonishing expression of our city’s response to the tragedy. It is estimated that around 250,000 – 300,000 tributes were laid in the three weeks after the bombing. It was our privilege to meet so many people.

It is hoped that the various events being held in our city around the 12-month anniversary will allow us to remember all those affected and strengthen relationships and solidarity for all Mancunians, whatever their religion, their background or politics.


The Festival will also feature an Art Exhibition, ‘Embracing Manchester’ by artist, Ghislaine Howard.


Monday 21st May

10.00am – 6.00pm Festival open to the public

7.30pm – 10.00pm Festival open to the public


Tuesday 22nd May

10.00am – 11.00pm Festival open to the public

10:31pm – church bells will toll across Manchester to mark the time of the bombing one year ago


Wednesday 23rd May

10.00am – 6.30pm Festival open to the public

7.00pm – 8.00pm– ‘Songs of Hope and Inspiration’ Open to all

8.00pm – 10.00pm – Festival open to the public

10.00pm – 10.15pm – Closing prayers