Emergency


Days out for the curious.

Updated 2 Sep 2022

Emergency is our annual platform for Live Art and contemporary performance — offering a sneak preview of new live work over a single day in Manchester every Autumn and now resident at Contact, its seventh home.

Manchester’s twenty-second micro-marathon of the bizarre, the bold, and the beautiful takes over Contact on Saturday 1 October 2022 — with a daytime of performance installations, one-to-ones, and interventions from Noon — followed by an evening full of short shows from 5pm.
Overall, Emergency 22 presents 23 short works throughout the building.

Probably England’s longest running Live Art event, Emergency aims to be:
— a free to access public micro-festival and open submission platform;
— an opportunity for artists to meet, show, and peer review work;
— a selection event for a number of small Works Ahead commissions to be produced by hÅb + Contact.

Emergency 22 presented by Word of Warning + Contact; produced by hÅb + Contact.

Enquiries: emergency@habmcr.org · EmergencyMcr.org · #EmergencyMcr

Past Editions

Get a feel for Emergency with last year’s 21st edition, 2019’s programme + gallery of images, and 2018’s programme + gallery.

Emergency 21 was a socially-distanced live walkthrough event at a re-opened Contact on 25 September 2021 — with audiences guided on a one-way journey through the refurbished building, pausing en route in gallery fashion.

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