It's hard to believe that in August it will be the first anniversary of the passing of Tony Wilson. However, this June, the memory of the late Wilson will be celebrated in a 24-hour-long conversation party in Manchester's Cathedral Gardens on June 21, 2008. Steve Coogan, Peter Saville, Ben Kelly, Peter Hook, Mark Radcliff, Liam Spencer and 200 handpicked students will come together and talk about everything from architecture, urban regeneration, art and blogging at The Tony Wilson Experience - Reification.
Peter Saville commented on the Tony Wilson Experience via the official website saying, ""It seemed obvious to me that Tony was always more than just the sum of his parts - throughout his life and work Tony was a hub around whom creative people circled. There was always a bigger creative picture in play with Tony. If there was a chance to foster new talent he'd take it. If he could fuse several different disciplines together into something brave and new and unexpected, he'd make it happen. He was at all times crucible, catalyst and collector. The Tony Wilson Experience will be groundbreaking and absolutely unmissable for anyone out there with a creative talent who is really serious about what they do and is keen to learn from the 'experienced' who are going to be a part of this. Great things I'm sure will come out of this weekend - not just for the students but for the creatives themselves with experience who are also set to learn not just from each other but from some of the hugely talented and inspiring young people who will be chosen to take part in this."
To find out how you can participate, or for more information on the event, visit the Tony Wilson Experience website.