World Premiere

A Drunk Pandemic

Created by Chim↑Pom and Curated by Contact Young Curators


Thu 01 January -
Sun 21 July


Victoria Station Tunnels

Age guidelines

Age 18+

Fancy a pint?

The Manchester cholera epidemic of the 1830s is 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 are building 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. Tour the secret brewery, try the beer, check out the special events below – and expect the unexpected…

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and Contact.

*Subject to licence

Photo: Leslie Kee © Chim↑Pom

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