A Giant Latex Pig giving Birth to Human-sized Piglets is coming to Manchester!

It's called 'Pigpen' and it's part of the Submerge Festival...

By Manchester's Finest | 2 March 2022

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Submerge is set to launch a citywide festival of radical international performance and visual art in Greater Manchester.

Saeborg and Zubin Kanga are amongst the international artists from over 10 countries bringing UK and world premieres to the first Submerge Festival in the North, from 8th – 27th March 2022.

Based around the theme of RESISTANCE, festival highlights include:

Cyborg Soloists: The Body Electric
Friday 18th March
A series of intimate world premieres presented by Zubin Kanga (Australia) combining classical piano with cutting-edge digital instruments, lighting and sensor technologies.

Pigpen (UK Premiere)
Saturday 19th March
An installation by Saeborg (Japan), which sees a giant latex pig give birth to a litter of human-sized piglets.

All Things Equal
Tuesday 8th March
A large-scale, immersive audiovisual installation in Mayfield Depot by artist Urban Projections (Rebecca Smith) and Loraine James which marks the opening of the festival on International Women’s Day.

Zubin Kanga

Other performances include a dance double bill in Salford Lads Club (Tuesday 22nd March) with choreography from Alessandro Sciarroni (Italy) and Thick and Tight, Jamal Gerald’s sex-positive-dance-party-cum-performance Jumbie at HOME (23rd – 26th March), and The Ten Commandments at the Lowry by the legendary David Hoyle (Wednesday 23rd March).

The concurrent club night and gig programme features genre-pushing artists including 2 Pigs Under 1 Umbrella (Austria), Cakes Da Killa (USA), Blood Williams (Germany) and GÆRALD (Belgium); plus immersive experiences, workshops and lectures throughout the three weeks exploring everything from gender and queer theory to the politics of breastfeeding and social care.

2 Pigs Under 1 Umbrella

Mike Pony, Artistic Director of Submerge said: “Manchester is known internationally as a hotbed for innovation, experimentation and radical artistic expression; it’s the perfect new home for Submerge Festival.”


Submerge 2022 runs 8 – 27 March in venues across Greater Manchester.

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