Haphazard 2017

A free day out for the
curious of all ages.

Presented by Word of Warning + Z-arts

Saturday 1 April 2017, 12noon-4pm. FREE

Intriguing images and offbeat oddities dotted around the historic Z-arts building with an April Fool’s twist. Playful, quirky, engaging and sometimes plain daft: this is a free day out for kids and their adults, adults and their adults — in short, anyone looking for a different day out.

Turn up at any time; come + go as you please + expect the unexpected…

Now that it’s over, read a review by Rainy City Kids.

Artists + Activity, subject to change

AAA Batteries | Benjamin McChrystal Plimmer | Chris Sav | Delpha Hudson + Nigel Bispham | Grace Surman + Clare Dearnaley | Lani Irving + Chloë Smith | Megan Egglestein | Michael Gleave | Natalie Wearden + Indigo Branscombe | Nicola Smith | Philip Breadney | Playing Up | Rebekka Platt

Sing-a-long with a fish, walk like Sponge Bob, dance with a bear or play a trick on your friends…

Venue + Booking Details

Date: Saturday 1 April 2017, 12noon-4pm
Venue: Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Manchester, M15 5ZA
Tickets: FREE, no ticket booking required, come + go as you please (N.B. some activity may operate on a first-come, first-served basis.)
Venue Tel: 0161 232 6089

Access Information

Age advisory: suitable for ALL. Haphazard 2017 takes place in a number of different spaces and formats — some seated, some standing, some spoken word, some visual, some limited capacity, some participatory. We apologise but some parts of the Z-arts building are not wheelchair accessible. For specific age + access information please email haphazard@habmcr.org or call 0161 232 6086.


To date, Haphazard has seen ping pong balls and squeaky toys; human dogs, cats, giant rats and the Gendersaurus Rex; hula-hooping and human quoits; a giant periscope, a golden toilet and a tiny bee-shaped world — why not join us to see what 2017 will conjure?

To get a feel for it have a look at 2016/2015/2013’s image galleries and to get an idea of what’s gone before see 2016/2015/2013’s archives.

What people have said about Haphazard

Bizarre surreal fun. Creative. Very interactive. Unpredicatable.
Quirky performances, lots going on. First-timer here, would come back.
Better than Shrek the Musical… freedom to explore & children to play. Brilliant!
Audience Feedback from 2016
Absolutely brilliant, for kids and grown ups.
We liked the drop-in, continuous feel, like you weren’t missing stuff.
Loved the way the event uses the whole space. Wacky and creative fun!
Audience Feedback from 2015
Great! Everyone was energetic & friendly — very easy to interact with!
Suitably crazy & surreal for children and their grown-ups.
Really enjoyed the event and it’s particularly nice to experience something a bit different, especially as adults, it is quite eye-popping…
Audience Feedback from 2013

Haphazard 2017 was previewed in Manchester Wire and recommended by Creative Tourist, Manchester Confidential + Rainy City Kids.


Haphazard 2017 is produced by hÅb; supported using public funding by Arts Council England; funded by Manchester City Council; supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. | Image: Chris Sav


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Haphazard 2017

Sat 1 Apr, 12noon-4pm. FREE | Z-arts
Participating artists subject to change.