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.

Image Credit: Michael Pollard

Image Credit: Rob Connor

With its bizarre blend of humour, beer and a unique slant on Manchester’s history, A Drunk Pandemic is not only inventive and educational, but genuinely entertaining.

Northern Soul

... Bonkers yet conceptually rigorous artwork rubbing against an evocative and gorgeous location...


Loved EVERYTHING about #drunkpandemic. History, cholera, beer, SuperRat, a chance to adventure round secret spaces and create great things out of wee. Not your usual night out 🐀 🍻 👏🏽Amazing stuff ...


Created by Chim↑Pom – Ryuta Ushiro, Yasutaka Hayashi, Ellie, Masataka Okada, Motomu Inaoka

Curated by Contact Young Curators – Adam Ali, Elmi Ali, Gráinne Flynn, Ayesha Gwilt, Wez Thistlethwaite

Production Manager – Chris Booth

Deputy Production Manager – Jon Calvert 

Venue Manager – Georgie Edwards 

Front of House Managers – Charlie Greenwood, Cloe Gregson 

Artist Liason – Anna Fowler 


Brewers – David Porter (Outstanding Brewing Co), Simon Knox 

Brewery Tour Facilitator – Jonathan McGrath

Gallery Guides – Phil Catling, John Donegan, Gráinne Flynn, Gemma Parker, John Ryan, Wez Thistlethwaite, Bianca Williams

Academic Research Consultant – Michala Hulme

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