Our Story

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. Our festival, IBT Bristol International Festival is the culmination of all our commissioning and producing work, weaving its programme across our home city every two years.


In Between Time emerged as part of the live programme at Arnolfini, produced by IBT Director, Helen Cole between 1997-2009.


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


The Paul Hamlyn Foundation awarded Helen Cole a prestigious Breakthrough Award. She left Arnolfini to establish In Between Time as an independent organization.


IBT10 took place over five days, across the streets and art spaces of Bristol, in over 75 events, involving 130 artists from the UK and beyond.

A man in a suit stands at the top of a white staircase, his face is covered in white bread.


In Between Time became an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, securing its future and programme.


Up to Nature was a major collaboration with four European partners, enticing artists and audiences to leave the city and enter the forest.

A crowd of people sit in a woodland. A few are holding umbrellas, someone in performing in the centre of the space.


IBT13 was our boldest festival to date, featuring 100 artists in sell-out shows. Over four days across Bristol, 30K people stepped out of the ordinary to witness a fake moon rising, a living room opera and much more.


Night Songs was created by In Between Time in partnership with National Trust, featuring musician Patrick Wolf, a new song commission and a national tour.

“A petri dish in which ideas begin and flourish.” Audience response


IBT15 was our first as Bristol International Festival. Over 100K people from 33 countries experienced 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.

Fog moving across Pero's Bridge and Bristol Harbourside.


In Between Time was awarded a grant from Arts Council England to stage an International Showcase of Live Art and welcome 200 producers from across the world.

A woman with bright red hair stands, holding her microphone in the air, a crowd stand in front of her holding hands.


IBT17 Bristol International Festival

8-12 February 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.

View the full programme of archived showcase and IBT17 events.


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