Created by Chim↑Pom and Curated by Contact Young Curators
Thu 01 January - Sun 21 July
Victoria Station Tunnels
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.
A DRUNK PANDEMIC: CHIM↑POM
Victoria Station Tunnels
This event takes place in a series of tunnel spaces underneath Manchester Victoria Station (Station Approach, Todd Street, Manchester M3 1WY).
Victoria Station is located in central Manchester and is a transport hub for both National Rail services and Metrolink trams. All platforms and the main concourse have step-free access. Disabled parking is available in the Manchester Arena NCP car park (New Bridge Street, Manchester M3 1AR) where there are 60 blue badge spaces available.
The experience will begin on the main station concourse of Victoria Station which has ramped, step-free access. From here, audience members will be directed to the main tunnel entrance, which is approximately 5 minutes’ walk from the meeting point. The route is step-free, although please be advised that some of the connecting paths are cobbled and slightly uneven.
The event will take place in two spaces within the tunnel network: The main tunnel space is accessible for wheelchairs and mobility devices. The smaller, connecting space is also accessible but due to the nature of the building there is a narrow point (width 67cm) which may be too narrow for some wheelchairs and mobility devices. There is an alternate wheelchair on site which is available for use by any patrons whose wheelchair or mobility device is too wide to pass through this narrow point.
In all tunnel spaces the floor surface is slightly uneven. Given the nature of the space there will be low light in places, and there may also be some haze and smoke effects.
There are toilets at the venue, including accessible toilets.
BREWERY TOURS: The tours are a standing experience, and there will be minimal seating provided inside the tunnels.
PANEL DISCUSSION AND PUB QUIZ EVENTS: Seating is provided for these events.