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.

1997

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

2001

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

2009

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

2010

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.

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

2011

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

2012

Up to Nature was a major collaboration with four European partners that enticed 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.

2013

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

2015

Night Songs was created in partnership with National Trust, featuring musician Patrick Wolf, a new song commission and a national tour across four National Trust properties.

“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 

2015

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.

2016

In Between Time was awarded a grant from Arts Council England to stage the first IBT International Showcase and welcome over 200 producers from across the world.

2017

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.

 

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