Compass Festival: Arts spectacular returns to Leeds

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A Festival of new artworks that comes alive through the interaction of the artists with audiences returns to Leeds next month.

The Compass Festival, which takes place every two years, brings 17 recognised and emerging artists from across the world to the city.

This year’s event runs from November 11-20.

A number of locations across the city will be home to the artists, including shopping centres, a library, market as well as streets and parks.

Securing its place on the regional and arts events calendar since its debut in 2011 with ten days of engaging, thought-provoking and enjoyable live art for all ages, the Festival works closely with artists to create new work or regionally specific versions of existing successful projects.

Compass Festival is funded and supported by Arts Council England, Leeds City Council, Leeds Inspired and Leeds BID.

The events will be supported by a series of artist talks and workshops.

The programme this year includes a duo of pieces from performance specialists Lone Twin including a world premiere Last Act of Rebellion and a return of their popular piece Spiral, which will see the duo draw a spiral over a map of Holbeck and, across seven days, attempt to walk the entire route wherever it takes them, talking to people and collecting objects and stories as they go.

Elsewhere, Leeds Corn Exchange will play host to some fortune-telling chickens, whilst the Arts Hostel will showcase Bethany Wells’s mobile sauna that doubles as a performance space.

To download the full programme visit www.compassliveart.org.uk.

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