Exploding out of leading art institutions into streets, homes and public spaces, In Between Time has grown over two decades to become a critically acclaimed and globally respected producer of contemporary and live art.
In a year where we needed art and artists more than ever, we called out through Dear Artist, Love Audience and joined with millions of voices across the UK to celebrate artists’ innovation and resilience.
As we witnessed the upheavals across the globe, brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the toppling of the Colston statue in our home city of Bristol, we acknowledged our need to be part of the change required to realise a more equitable future. As such, we continue to collaborate with and support artists and communities to create radical work responding to our times.
The IBT19 Summit was our first step in radically reconsidering how to make an International Festival. From provocative panels and UK premieres of international performances, to lighting up caves, and motorcycle rides, we welcomed audiences across the city.
The Summit hosted our first Creative Exchange Lab, 13 exceptional UK artists explored their practice and created artworks and provocations through workshops led by international artists Kameelah Rasheed, Dorothee Munyanaza and Cigdem Aydemir.
In the lead up to the festival, we collaborated with people from across the city through our We Are Bristol programme, connecting generations, creating artwork and exploring what we need to flourish in an uncertain future.
IBT17 Festival took the theme Stand Up, Stand Up. With 40 bold artists across 10 locations and over 21,100 audiences experiences. Highlights include the UK Premiere of The Record by 600 HIGHWAYMEN, Playing Up for children and families by Live Art Development Agency and Instant Dissidence’s Dancing With Strangers: From Calais to England.
‘Bristol festival leaves its mark on audiences with personal, political shows.’ The Guardian
We launched the IBT International Showcase that presented 22 exceptional live artists to over 200 delegates from across the globe and 40 international delegates were subsidised by Arts Council England, Australia Council and British Council to develop new global markets for UK artists.
Helen Cole created Breathe – a gathering of hundreds of private dances – and took it to the Venice Biennial in 2016. These anonymous ‘ghost dances’ came together as an act of mass resistance emitting the tangible, poignant traces of bodies pushed to their limits to conjure the presence of those long since gone.
IBT15 Festival welcomed record audiences with over 100,000 people from 33 countries experiencing public artworks, performances and events. Highlights included Fujiko Nakaya’s Fog Bridge, Nightwalks with Teenagers by Mammalian Diving Reflex and The Storm, an immersive club event.
“Night Songs was MY FAVOURITE THING I HAVE EVER SEEN AT THE NATIONAL TRUST. It had rave reviews across the board & I hope we can work together again.” Anna Russell, General Manager, National Trust
IBT13 Festival featured 100 artists in sell-out shows. Over four days across Bristol, 30,000 people stepped out of the ordinary to witness a fake moon rising, a living room opera and much more.
“If Fake Moon was In Between Time at its most open and accessible, Night Tripper – by the Norwegian trio Fiksdal/Langgård/Becker – exemplified its feeling of intimate community.” The Guardian
Up to Nature was a major collaboration with four European partners that enticed artists and audiences to leave the city and enter the forest.
In Between Time became an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, securing its future and programme.
IBT10 Festival took place over five days, across the streets and art spaces of Bristol, in over 75 events, with 130 artists from the UK and beyond.
Helen Cole created We See Fireworks in which the voices of strangers gently unfolded in the darkness to reveal haunting, vivid memories of incredible performances.
The first In Between Time festival was established in Bristol as an international biennial of live art and future performance practices.
“Go to the brilliantly curated In Between Time Festival.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
In Between Time emerged as part of the live programme at Arnolfini, produced by Helen Cole between 1997-2009.