Meet the Neighbours: The Weekend

Manchester, UK

9—10 November 2019

How do we live together amid the chaos of urban change? A weekend exploring the politics of development and neighbourliness as an artistic and social response.

Curated by Quarantine & Florian Malzacher

Twenty years ago, a few thousand people lived in Manchester City Centre. Today, there are more than 65,000 of us – and like the cranes, it keeps going up. Thriving, growing, dismantling, reshuffling, Manchester is a prime example of today’s fast-changing cities.

As populations boom in Manchester and cities like it, communities appear and disappear, moulded by the forces of growth and development. What is happening to neighbourliness amid the chaos of urban change? What will city living be like in ten years’ time and should we – can we? – steer change in a different direction?

This weekend event is an open invitation to be part of a conversation about how we live together. Bringing together a diverse range of voices and practices – from performance to activism, economics to planning – we’ll ask important questions about how rapid development is being driven and who it is affecting.

Curated by Florian Malzacher and artists ensemble Quarantine, known for their performance works and public events, this weekend marks the end of a three-year artistic project called Meet the Neighbours, which has been inviting artists into the heart of rapidly developing cities in the UK, France, Poland, the Netherlands and Morocco.


Saturday daytime – People and cranes:

Secret Manchester City Centre locations

A performative response to the social and political issues created by Manchester’s rapid growth. Join us for guided excursions, expert provocations, food and conversation exploring how the city’s development is changing the way we live.

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Saturday nighttime – Noisy neighbours:

Sachas Hotel, Northern Quarter


The Northern Quarter has long been a hotbed of musical talent. Join us for an evening of music reflecting a slice of Manchester’s current live scene today.

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Sunday daytime – People and places:

Sachas Hotel, Northern Quarter

An open meeting addressing neighbourliness as an artistic and social practice. Join Meet the Neighbours project partners artists, thinkers and researchers in the iconic Sacha’s Hotel for an exhibition of work, provocations and guided conversation.

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Full weekend ticket: £35 (£17.50)*
Saturday full day ticket (People and cranes + Noisy neighbours gig): £25 (£12.50)*
Saturday just gig ticket: £8 (£4)
Sunday daytime ticket (People and places): £12 (£6)*

Please note: Ticket sales for People and cranes officially closed at 10am on Thursday 7 November. We are now operating a late booking process. Anyone booking after this time may experience delays in communication about the start time & location of the Saturday event.

*The ticket prices include lunch and dinner on the Saturday and lunch on the Sunday.

The 50% off concessionary rate is available to seniors (aged 60+), under 18s, students in full-time education, job-seekers and those with disabilities.

Age guidance: We think this event will be of interest to people aged 14+.

The Saturday event will begin and end in Manchester City Centre. You will be given your exact start time and location at least 24 hours before the event begins via email and/or text.

Quarantine do not wish price to be a barrier to anyone attending. A number of free places are available for those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend. To enquire about a free place, please email

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Funders and supporters

Meet the Neighbours: The Weekend has been made possible with support from Arts Council England, the European Union’s Creative Europe programme, the Rank Foundation, Unity Theatre Trust and Slater Heelis.


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