About Emergency 23

Manchester’s 23rd micro-marathon of the bizarre, the bold, and the beautiful takes over Contact on Saturday 30 September, from noon til 10pm, with an afternoon of installations, interventions, and limited capacity works— followed by an evening full of short shows…

My body is a temple, my body is a latrine.
Body meeting material, a pincushion archive, raw with SALT: will we ever heal?
Boxed in and neglected, immersed in a small world.
She’s hysterical, she’s insane.
A space to pause. A place to reflect. A place you shouldn’t neglect.
Slowness and tension with a siren’s call.
Swimming across the border of the Rio Grande…
That was the kind of wind it was: the anglers’ apotheosis.
Real life with the glitchy nuances of the internet, electronic soundscaping traditional Persian song.
Chance, mystery, and human perception, two crisp packets racing for the line.
A movement to narrate and connect.
Painting becomes music, music becomes theatre, people become performers.
A real no-hander!

Our annual platform for Live Art and contemporary performance, Emergency offers a sneak preview of new live work over a single day in Manchester every autumn — this 23rd edition will present about 20-30 short works from lunchtime till late throughout Contact’s spaces.

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.


Afternoon, Noon-4pm
Chris Brown · E.M. Parry · GOWD · Hot Storm Productions · ITZATNA · Kelvin Atmadibrata · Lauren Greer · Louise Ward Morris · Luisa Amorim · Porcelain Delaney · Theresa Bradbury · Victoria Bone

Evening, 4pm-10pm
Alex Billingham · Chris Brown · Egan & Pinchbeck · Gillian Dyson · Gisou Golshani · Heather Alice · Jana Aizupe & Company · Kellie Colbert · Laurie Bayley-Higgins · new func · Orla Collier · Raz & Khan
Participating artists subject to change; Sweætshops® unable to perform.

Take a look at some of our artist’s images

About Emergency

First held at greenroom in 2000, Emergency also took place at International Anthony Burgess Foundation, BLANKSPACE, Castlefield Gallery, Z-arts, and STUN Studio, before finding a new home at Contact from 2020

Get a feel for it with last year’s 22nd edition + gallery of images, 2021’s programme + gallery, 2019’s programme + gallery, and 2018’s programme + gallery.


Emergency 23 presented by Word of Warning + Contact; produced by hÅb; supported by Contact + using public funding by Arts Council England.

emergency@habmcr.org · EmergencyMcr.org · #EmergencyMcr

Content Warnings and Access

Content Warnings

Please see full list of Content Warnings for each performance here.


If you have any access needs you want to discuss with us, please call the box office Tuesday to Friday between 12pm – 10pm on 0161 274 0600.

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

Learn more about access at Contact here.

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