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 venues to produce showing opportunities, platforms and artist development projects like Emergency, Hazard, Haphazard, Turn and Works Ahead.

Essentially industry-facing, hÅb works with artists, colleagues and venues to create the best possible opportunities for new work to flourish.

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 (now entering its seventeenth year) which presents over 25 short pieces in a day each October and its Merseyside sibling, ‘Poolside Emergency; through Works Ahead, a series of small commissions for new work — we aim to provide a joined-up series of opportunities for emerging new work and artists in contemporary performance and live art. We also co-produce the annual Turn micro-festival for new NW dance + dance-makers each spring, and the ensuing Turn Prize.

hÅb also works as a curator of sited performance and intervention presenting Hazard, a biennial micro-festival of intervention, taking performance out of the black box environment and into Manchester city centre (next in July 2016), as well as Haphazard, our more frequent foray into all ages live art in Z-arts.

In any given year, hÅb might work with 200 artists, present 3 platforms, 1 sited festival and show over 100 pieces of work (under the guise of Word of Warning).

hÅb is supported using public funding by Arts Council England + funded by Manchester City Council.