Stimulating… extraordinary… performance…

Based in Manchester, hÅb is a producer, developer + strategic advocate of contemporary performance, live art + sited work in the North of England. greenroom’s key partner for over a decade, hÅb aims to maintain its legacy — working in collaboration with a range of venues + other partners to produce showing opportunities, platforms + artist development projects like Divergency, Domestic, Emergency, Foot In The Door, Haphazard, Hazard + Works Ahead.

Essentially industry-facing, hÅb works with artists, colleagues and venues to create the best possible opportunities for new work to flourish. A member of Live Art UK — a national network supporting + developing the UK’s Live Art infrastructure for the benefit of artists, presenters + audiences — hÅb is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Since January 2012, however hÅb gone ‘public’ in the guise of Word of Warning — a peripatetic programme of, and regular bulletin for, contemporary live work in Manchester + beyond. N.B. this site aims to offer information to artists wanting to know more about our work and how to get involved; for more information about our public programme please see Word of Warning.

From Emergency, an annual micro-festival for new live work (next in September 2019, its twentieth year) which presents about 20 short pieces in a day each autumn (and its former Merseyside sibling, ‘Poolside Emergency); through Works Ahead, a series of small commissions for new work (next in May 2019, its eighth year) — we aim to provide a joined-up series of opportunities for emerging new work and artists in contemporary performance + live art.

hÅb works as a curator of sited performance + intervention presenting Hazard, a biennial micro-festival of intervention, taking performance out of the black box environment and into Manchester city centre (last in August 2018), as well as Haphazard, our more frequent foray into all ages live art with Z-arts (next in April 2019, its fifth year). We also co-produce Turn, a regular micro-festival for new northern dance + dance-makers (last in April 2017).

In any given year, hÅb might work with 150 artists, present 2 platforms, 1 sited festival, and show over 60 pieces of work as Word of Warning.