IBT17 Bristol International Festival: 8-12 Feb 2017


‘Bristol festival leaves its mark on audiences with personal, political shows’ The Guardian

IBT17 invited audiences and artists to join us and take a stand.

IBT17 presented live art, theatre, music, dance, exhibitions, talks, activism and clubs, bringing together audiences from Bristol, the UK and the world to celebrate art and its power to make change.

IBT17 was also a special year for us as we launched our International Showcase presenting 22 exceptional British live artists offering a version of the UK rich with a diversity of voices. Showcase artists were selected by an expert UK panel and performances were open to everyone.

200 delegates attended the showcase from Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, London, Newcastle, Brighton, Cardiff, Jersey, Folkstone, Belfast, Brussels, Dublin, Athens, Ljubljana, Helsinki, Porto, Riga, Friebourg, Melbourne, Sydney, Tasmania, Hong Kong, Kyoto, New York, Seattle, Seoul, Shanghai, Penang, Vancouver.

40 international delegates were subsided by Arts Council England to develop new global markets for UK artists.


‘Thank you to all of the IBT17 artists whose work I encountered, it has left an indelible mark.’ Joyce Rosario, Push Festival (Vancouver)

Welcome Dinner with International Producers, Tues 7 Feb 2017

We had over 200 professional colleagues travel from 31 countries to experience IBT17.

The Welcome dinner was a chance for delegates, IBT partners and colleagues to meet at the Watershed in Bristol before the festival started.

Speakers included Estella Tincknell Deputy Mayor at Bristol City Council,Phil Gibby South West Director of Arts Council England, Clare Reddington Creative Director at Watershed, Bill Gee Chair of In Between Time and Helen Cole Artistic Director and CEO at In Between Time.

IBT17 Live Art Symposium, Wed 8 Feb 2017

How Can Live Art UnF***ck  the World? 

The IBT17 Live Art Symposium poses the question – how can we change the world? Combining professional panels with a programme of uncompromising artistic provocations.

Speakers and artistic interventions included; David Micklem: Creative Associate, IBT, Helen Cole: Artistic Director/CEO IBT, Selina Thompson: Artist, Angela Mattox: Artistic Director, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Angharad Wynne Jones: Artistic Director, Arts House Melbourne, Teja Reba: Artistic Director, City Of Women, Llubljiana, Low Kee Hong: Head of Artistic Development (theatre) West Kowloon Cultural District, Judith Knight: Director Arts Admin, Ron Berry: Director, Fusebox Austin, Joyce Rosario: Associate Curator, Push International Festival, Vancouver, Jo Bannon: Artist, Sara Zaltash: Artist, Fiona Winning: Head of Programming, Sydney Festival, Priit Raud: Artistic Director, Baltoscandal Festival, Ophelia Huang: Head of International at Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, Christiana Galanopoulou: Artistic Director, MIR Festival, Nadine Jessen and Anas Aboura: Artists, Lois Keiden: Director, Live Art Development Agency, London, Aaron Wright: Director, Fierce Festival, Birmingham, Afreena Islam: Chair, Artistic Evaluation Board, Contact, Manchester, Andy Field: Co-Director, Forest Fringe, Nick Anderson: Co-Director, Buzzcut, Glasgow, Joon Lynn Goh: Senior Producer, IBT and Kim Noble: Artist.


Ghost Dance by Lone Twin, Wed 8 Feb 2017

Festival Opening Night at Colston Hall, Wed 8 Feb 2017

 ‘IBT17 is a programme of urgent work that is provocative, open, diverse & celebrates internationalism’ – Helen Cole

‘A calendar of forward thinking live art, dance and drama that aims to surprise and catalyse’ – The Bristol Magazine

Voodoo by Project O, Wed 8 & Fri 10 Feb 2017

‘Have wanted to see something by Project O for a long time and loved it. Haunting but so much fun (have never seen anything else I would describe that way)’


Cock and Bull by Nic Green, Wed 8 - Thurs 9 Feb 2017

Morning Assemblies and In Conversations, Thurs 9 - Fri 10 Feb 2017

The day started with caffeinated discussions in a ‘post Brexit’ and ‘post Truth’ reality within our Morning Assemblies later followed by In Conversation‘s with leading artists and producers.

Woodland by French & Mottershead, Thurs 9 - Sun 12 Feb 2017

'This is a festival that lives up to its name. It gives you the freedom to dictate your own time.' Matt Trueman, What's on Stage

Race Cards by Selina Thompson, Thurs 9 - Sun 19 Feb 2017

‘Race Cards was moving, thought-provoking and a brilliantly simple idea that will stay with me for a long time.’ Volunteer

OUT by Rachael Young, Thurs 9 - Fri 10 Feb 2017

Baby Face by Katy Dye, Thurs 9 - Fri 10 Feb 2017

Vesper Time by Stacy Makishi, Fri 10 - Sat 11 Feb 2017

The Record by 600 HIGHWAYMEN, Thurs 9 - Sat 11 Feb 2017

‘The 45 Bristolians taking part don’t know one another’s names. They’ll be strangers sharing a stage, just as they share a city.’- The Guardian

‘The wonder of humanity and togetherness, when everyone ran on stage’ – Audience

Gala Reception, Bristol Old Vic, Thurs 9 Feb 2017

200 people auditioned for The Record and 45 performers were in the stellar cast from across 8 Bristol neighbourhoods. 

‘In these uncertain times, no performance could give us more courage & confidence than 600 HIGHWAYMEN’S The Record’ – Phil Gibby

“I loved it, found it very moving, honest, powerful, affecting… I am a doctor and can find it hard to connect to feelings under the onslaught of NHS workload, this piece made me cry, i felt i could connect to what I had pushed away.” Audience member (The Record)


LOST in TRANS- by Dickie Beau, Thurs 9 Feb 2017

JOHNSMITH LIVE: whatever being by johnsmith, Thurs 9 Feb 2017

Dancing With Strangers: From Calais to England by Instant Dissidence, Fri 10- Sun 12 Feb 2017

Rita Marcalo danced with 40 people on the streets of Bristol. 

As Far As my Fingertips Take Me by Tania El Khoury, Fri 10 - Sun 12 Feb 2017

My Big Sister Taught Me This Lap Dance by Rosana Cade, Fri 10 - Sun 12 Feb 2017

‘This is an extraordinary piece and Rosana Cade is an extraordinary woman.’ Exeunt

Because of Hair by Vivian Chinasa Ezugha, Fri 10 Feb 2017

‘Daring people also to remember that however much a body is covered up, it still exists and should be acknowledged’ – Exeunt

Immersive Music Programme at the IMAX, Fri 10 Feb 2017

Real Magic by Forced Entertainment, Fri 10 - Sat 11 Feb 2017

Beastie workshops by Lone Twin, Sat 11 - Sun 12 Feb 2017

Playing Up by Live Art Development Agency, Sat 11 - Sun 12 Feb 2017

2250 adults and children attended and participated in LADA’s Playing Up over 2 days at Arnolfini. 

“We have a piece of art in the Arnolfini. On a special plinth. ‪#‪PLAYINGUPIBT” Audience 

Undress/Redress by Noëmi Lakmaier, Sat 11- Sun 12 Feb 2017

RECOVERY by FK Alexander, Sat 11 - Sun 12 Feb 2017

Workshy by Katy Baird, Sat 11 - Sun 12 Feb 2017

Immersive Music programme at the IMAX, Sat 11 Feb 2017

Cuncrete by Rachael Clerke and The Great White Males, Sat 11 Feb 2017

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