A Drunk Pandemic

Created by Chim↑Pom and Curated by Contact Young Curators

Fri 5 July, 2019

Sun 21 July, 2019

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Fancy a pint?

The Manchester cholera epidemic of the 1830s was the unlikely inspiration for the first major UK project by one of the world’s most playful and provocative art collectives. Here at the invitation of Contact Young Curators, five emerging local artists brought together by MIF and Contact, Tokyo’s Chim↑Pom built a temporary brewery underneath Manchester Victoria Station.

Cholera swept through Manchester almost 200 years ago. Thousands of people were buried in cholera pits around modern-day Victoria Station and Angel Meadow – and thousands more only survived because they drank beer instead of water.


Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and Contact.

Photo: Leslie Kee © Chim↑Pom

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