You can now view our full programme, featuring all of the events in the festival. You’ll also be able to pick up printed copies of the guide at venues all over the city.

Lots of incredible projects will be happening over 16 – 25 November, so please take the time to have a look and put it in your diary. Some of our events are drop-in, and some you’ll need to book. If you want to be part of the jury for Four Legs Good, or take an audio journey on the River Aire for example, you’ll need to book a place.

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Welcome from Compass

Compass Festival invites you out of the everyday and into new possibilities right on your doorstep. We support brilliant live artists making unique interactive experiences exploring the people and places of Leeds.

For our fourth edition we are really excited to have three major new commissions from award winning artists made especially for the festival.

We’ve invited the wonderful Scottee to find the “loneliest street in Leeds” and get neighbours talking to each other. The astonishing Jack Tan will be combining his legal and artistic skills to create an animal court of justice in the Town Hall. And Redhawk Logistica will be conducting a far-reaching poll of mood and feeling in six districts of the city.

We’re going to take you on the river, shake hands in the bus station, and spark conversations in the pubs of Kirkgate. And in case you missed it last time the amazing sauna created by Bethany Wells will be back by popular demand.

There’s a lot going on all made possible by a host of brilliant partners in Leeds in many well known public places and it’s all free.

We really hope you love the programme as much as we do and look forward to seeing you about town.


Peter, Annie and Anna