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A showcase of 100+ giant bees created by artists and over 125 bees created by young people.


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Bee in the City celebrates Manchester’s exceptional creative talent.

What’s the buzz about?

A colony of giant Bee sculptures took to the streets of Manchester for an art trail we’ll never forget…

Wild in Art and Manchester City Council brought Manchester together in summer 2018 for Bee in the City, one of the most spectacular public art events the city has ever seen.

Thousands of people discovered more than 230 Bees all over Manchester, taking in the city’s landmarks and undiscovered gems. Each of the 101 super-sized Bees was designed by a different artist and celebrated the unique buzz of Manchester, from its industrial heritage to its vibrant music scene. 131 little Bees joined the trail, created by the children and young people of our city.

Bee seekers saw the Bees again at the Farewell Weekend on Friday 12 – Sunday 14 October at the HSBC UK National Cycling Centre. Many were then auctioned off to raise money for the Lord Mayor of Manchester’s We Love MCR Charity to improve the lives and life chances of Manchester people.

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The buzz about town

December 03, 2018

Findings from an independent report into the economic and social impacts of Bee in the City has found that more than 3 million people saw Manchester’s art trail of Bees. The free, family-fun art event which animated t....Read more

November 15, 2018

As well as winning the hearts of Manchester’s residents and visitors, Bee in the City has been recognised at the inaugural This is Manchester Awards. The Bee in the City team took home a trophy for Leading Live Event ....Read more

October 18, 2018

It's what you've all bee-n waiting for! Here are the final hammer prices from the Bee in the City charity auction. The charity auction took place last night, raising an un-bee-lievable £1,128,250 for The Lord Mayor of....Read more

October 18, 2018

Manchester was all abuzz last night as 77 of the Bee in the City sculptures which featured on this summer’s art trail were auctioned to raise £1,128,250. Net proceeds from the money raised at last night's auct....Read more
blank bee

October 17, 2018

We’re excited to reveal a large blank Bee has been added as the final lot to tonight’s auction! The lot also includes working with a Bee in the City artist, so the successful bidder will be able to turn their giant ....Read more
Bee Farewell Weekend

October 15, 2018

The HSBC UK Cycling Centre was buzzing at the weekend as 15,000 Bee seekers visited the Bee in the City Farewell Weekend to see all big Bees ahead of the Charity Auction. The colony of Bees were displayed in the centre....Read more

October 08, 2018

Manchester United welcomed a new six-legged player to the first team last week when Bee United paid a visit to Old Trafford. Bee United flew in to meet some of the first team during a training session at the team’s ho....Read more
Coronation Street stars Samia Longchambon, Jane Danson and Julia Goulding meet Hilda Bugden

October 06, 2018

With online bidding now open, we take a closer look at some of the Bees set to make the city buzz with bidders digging deep to help leave a lasting legacy for the city. The online Auction is now live at www.beeinthecit....Read more

October 05, 2018

The Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor June Hitchen tells us about We Love MCR Charity and her experience of Bee in the City. How do you feel about your We Love MCR Charity being chosen as the charity beneficiary of B....Read more
bee in the city auction

October 03, 2018

Everything you need to know about the sweetest ticket in town. The unmissable Bee in the City Charity Auction takes place on Wednesday 17 October, acting as the finale to the spectacular summer-long art trail enjoyed by....Read more

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