Days + nights out for the curious.

Updated 16 August 2021

Emergency is our annual platform for live art and contemporary performance, usually showing about 30 short works over a day/night in Manchester each Autumn — the upcoming 21st edition takes place in its seventh home, Contact, and is necessarily a bit different…

Emergency 21 is a socially-distanced live walkthrough event at the brand new Contact on Saturday 25 September — audiences will be guided on a one-way journey through the refurbished building, pausing en route in gallery fashion.

Have a look at 2019’s programme/gallery of images and 2018’s programme/gallery.

N.B. we sought approximately 10 works to fit these conditions: durational, performance installation, looping + intervention-based live works that can run over a minimum period of 4 hours. We realised it wouldn’t be for everyone as the ask was constrained by circumstances — but we really thought we should give it a damn good go! Shifting regulations meant we postponed from Nov 2020 to Sep 2021.

Emergency 21 presented by Word of Warning + Contact; produced by hÅb + Contact.
Enquiries: emergency@habmcr.org | EmergencyMcr.org | #EmergencyMcr

Emergency StopGap was a new iteration for 2020 — a small informal platform to bridge the gap between gallery + theatre, and to fill the empty months of winter… Taking place on 27 February 2020 in Manchester’s NIAMOS, it was an informal ‘Thursday Late’ style evening featuring 13 durational live works + interventions in and around the building — see our gallery of images.

Emergency StopGap (2020) presented by Word of Warning; produced by hÅb; supported by NIAMOS.