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 event takes place in its 7th home and will necessarily be somewhat different…

Emergency 2020 will be a socially-distanced walk-through live event at the brand new Contact — so new that this will be the first sneak preview audiences get! Our open call for proposals seeks durational, performance installation, looping + intervention-based live works that can run over a minimum period of 4 hours on 21 November, 12-6pm.

Small, booked audiences will be guided on a one-way journey through the building in timed slots, pausing en route in gallery fashion. We’re looking for approximately 10 works to fit these conditions, with an estimated audience journey time of 75 minutes.

NB: we realise this won’t be for everyone as the ask is constrained by the current circumstances, and we have to put the caveat on that it might just not happen — but we really think we should give it a damn good go! Please also bear in mind that this event will be subject to lifting of local lockdown in Manchester.

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

Emergency 2020 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.

Updated 9 September, 3pm