Stimulating… extraordinary… performance…

Based in Manchester, hÅb is a producer, developer, and strategic advocate of contemporary performance, live art, and 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 partners to produce showing opportunities, platforms, and artist development projects including: Divergency, Domestic, Emergency, Haphazard, + Works Ahead.

Essentially industry-facing, hÅb works with artists, colleagues, venues + others to create the best possible opportunities for new work to flourish, and is:
• a core partner in Divergency alongside STUN — encouraging diversity in live art;
• supported using public funding by Arts Council England;
• a GM Artist Hub partner — a joint artist development project from thirteen arts organisations across Greater Manchester, and;
• a Live Art UK member — a national network supporting + developing the UK’s Live Art infrastructure for the benefit of artists, presenters + audiences.

Since Jan 2012, hÅb gone ‘public’ in the guise of Word of Warning — a peripatetic programme of, and regular bulletin for, contemporary live work in Manchester + beyond… NB: this part of our site aims to offer information to artists wanting to know more about hÅb’s 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 presenting around 30 short pieces in a day each autumn (date of twenty-first event tbc) and it’s latest iteration StopGap (new for Feb 2020); through Works Ahead, a series of small commissions for new work (last in May 2020, its ninth 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 that takes performance out of the black box environment and into Manchester city centre (last in Aug 2018, its seventh year), as well as Haphazard, our frequent foray into all ages live art with Z-arts (last in Apr 2019, its fifth year). We also co-produce Turn with Contact, a regular micro-festival for new northern dance + dance-makers (last in Apr 2017, its ninth year).

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

Updated 4 January 2021, 8pm