About Compass Festival

Compass Festival is a biennial festival of interactive live art projects which takes place in Leeds, UK. 

WARMTH - a mobile sauna Photo: Jonathan Turner Bethany Wells

Compass Cafe Jonathan Turner Live Art Bistro and Food For Thought

Of All The People in All The World Jonathan Turner Stan's Cafe

Festival Launch Jonathan Turner Compass Festival

WARMTH - a mobile sauna Jonathan Turner Bethany Wells

WARMTH - a mobile sauna Jonathan Turner Bethany Wells

Festival Launch Jonathan Turner Compass Festival

Spiral Jonathan Turner Lone Twin

Ambulation Jonathan Turner Tim Shaw

Personal Shopper: Cornucopia! Jonathan Turner Etheridge and Persighetti

Autobiographical Food Jonathan Turner Invisible Flock



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Since 2011 we have been animating our city with brilliant interactive live art projects in which we invite the public to join us in playful enquiry, silent contemplation, astonishing feats of madness, hospitality and communality within and beyond the theatre or the gallery, in the places where we live, work and play.

We believe that everyone can enjoy the very best of contemporary live art and we work closely with partners around the city and beyond to present thought provoking, entertaining and moving projects in a range of settings including libraries, markets, museums, shopping centres and the city streets. 

We take time to work with artists and communities making sure the projects we commission are considered and fully engaged with their surroundings.

Compass Festival 2018 takes place 16-25 November, and you can find the full programme here.

Information for Artists

We create our festival programmes carefully over a period of about 18 months and develop projects through a range of artist residencies, open calls for proposals and invited commissions. 

The best way to keep in touch with us is to join our mailing list via the contact page to keep abreast of the latest opportunities, coming to a festival event or by dropping us an email to introduce yourself and your work. 

We look forward to meeting you.

Ambassadors for Ecologies of Care

As an organisation we are proud to support and be an ambassador for Ecologies of Care; an initiative designed to raise awareness and increase best practice for the health and wellbeing of artists and arts workers across the sector led by artist Ria Hartley. Read more about the inititaitive here and access the OpenSource tool kit here.