Emergency


Days + nights out for the curious.

Emergency is our annual platform for live art + contemporary performance, showing around 30 short works over a day/evening in Manchester each autumn — the upcoming 21st edition takes place in its 7th home and is necessarily somewhat different…

Originally planned for November 2020, our 21st Emergency will be a socially-distanced live walkthrough event at the brand new Contact on a date to be confirmed — small, booked audiences will be guided on a one-way journey through the building in timed slots, pausing en route in gallery fashion.

Our open call for proposals has now closed — we were looking for 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.

N.B. we realised this wouldn’t be for everyone as the ask was constrained by the current circumstances — but we really thought we should give it a damn good go! Shifting regulations mean a date for Spring 2021 is to be confirmed.

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

21st Emergency 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…

Our inaugural StopGap took place on 27 February 2020 in Manchester’s NIAMOS — an informal ‘Thursday Late’ style evening featuring 13 durational live works + interventions in and around the building — see our gallery of images.

Emergency StopGap presented by Word of Warning; produced by hÅb; supported by NIAMOS.
#EmergencyStopGap

Updated 4 January 2021, 8.15pm