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Presented by Word of Warning + Contact

A day out for the curious.

Manchester’s twenty-second micro-marathon of the bizarre, the bold + the beautiful takes over Contact on Saturday 1 October — with a daytime of performance installations, one-to-ones, and interventions, followed by an evening full of short shows.

Our annual platform for Live Art and contemporary performance, Emergency offers a sneak preview of new live work over a single day every Autumn — we expect to present about 20 short works throughout Contact at this 22nd edition. No need to book, just turn up and Pay What You Decide (cash or card).


Bitterroot · Bold Mellon Collective · Charlotte McShane · Christian Asare · Clodagh Chapman & James Varney · DNA Studio · Emergency Chorus · Hazel Lam · Jian Yi · Josh Coates & Alicia Jane Turner · Julie Burrow · kane stonestreet · Kellie Colbert · Kerensa Diball · leon clowes · Malandra Jacks Creative · Maya Chowdhry · Nathan Walker · Nicky Murmann · Ran · Sweætshops® · Tania Camara · Ursula Troche

Participating artists subject to change.

About Emergency

Probably England’s longest-running Live Art event, Emergency aims to be:

  • a free-to-access public micro-festival and open submission platform;
  • an opportunity for artists to meet, show, and peer review work;
  • a selection event for a number of small Works Ahead commissions to be produced by hÅb & Contact.

Emergency 22 produced by hÅb + Contact. · #EmergencyMcr


If you have any access needs you want to discuss with us, please call the box office Monday to Friday between 10 – 10pm on 0161 274 0600.

Alternatively, you can email the box office on, or get in touch via direct message on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (@contactmcr on all three platforms).

Once you have been booked in a wheelchair seat once, you can book online from then onwards and do not have to call our box office team to facilitate your booking. Please do reach out if you have any questions about this process.

Allergy Information

Please note, one of the performances will include homemade food. Please be aware if you have any allergens. The ingredients are as follows; sunflower butter, sugar, maple syrup, baking powder, lemon, gram flour (chickpea flour-gluten free), water.


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  • Price
    Pay what you decide!
  • Venue

    Contact, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M15 6JA

  • Ages
  • Running
    Saturday 1 October 2022, daytime Noon-5pm + evening 5-10pm.
  • Booking info

    No need to book, just turn up and Pay What You Decide (cash or card).

  • Genre
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