Danny Boyle is to create a funfair-themed fireworks spectacular to mark the opening of Manchester arts centre HOME next month.
The Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire director, who created the memorable opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics, will kick off the opening weekend with an event on Thursday May 21st.
Bury-born Doyle, who is a HOME patron, will lead a fanfare ending in a volley of percussive mascletà pyrotechnics that will ring the First Street building and herald its arrival. There will also be music and performances from carnival troupe Juba do Leao.
The inaugural weekend will feature interactive film screenings, chat show-style discussions, live musical performances and family-friendly events.
Dave Moutrey, chief executive of HOME, said: “We want everyone to feel welcome in our new HOME, and that’s what this weekend is all about.
“In addition to the bold international contemporary art, theatre and film for which we’re known, the HOME warming will see a whole host of activities for all the family take over our new spaces and the surrounding streets of the First Street development.
“It’ll be five day celebration that’s fun, informal and friendly. Welcome to HOME.”
Housing a gallery, 500-seat theatre, five cinemas, café, bars and a restaurant, HOME will be the largest arts centre outside of London.