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

See more images

 

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.

The programme for the Compass Festival 2016 is here and burstiing with brilliant interactive live art projects in libraries, markets, museums, shopping centres and d.i.y. spaces.  There were 18 events across the city over 10 days from 11th to 20th November. 

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.