About Compass Festival

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

Photo: Lizzie Coombes Waterbourne | French & Mottershead

Photo: Lizzie Coombes Would Like to Meet | Scottee

Photo: Lizzie Coombes Measures of Us

Photo: Lizzie Coombes Demolition

Photo: Lizzie Coombes 1000 Handshakes

Photo: LizzieCoombes Four Legs Good

Photo: Lizzie Coombes Public House

Photo: Lizzie Coombes WARMTH


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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 took place between 16 - 25 November 2018 and you can view the full programme here.

In 2019 we'll be back hosting artist residencies, presenting one off new projects and sharing a sneak peak of what to expect from Compass Festival 2020.

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. 

We have just closed a call for artist residencies for 2019 as of 30th November 2018. We will be making new open calls for Compass Festival 2020 in Spring 2019. 

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.