Compass Festival 2022

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor
Compass Festival 2022
Image courtesy of Compass Festival.

Compass Festival at Leeds Kirkgate Market, Leeds 18 — 27 November 2022 Entrance is free — Visit now

With live art installations and performance, Compass Festival will animate the city of Leeds once again this autumn. Every two years the festival’s events pop up in public spaces across the city – this year, you’ll find audio performances happening in supermarkets alongside creative food events, storytelling and workshops in Kirkgate Market.

Five brand-new commissions have been announced as part of the 2022 programme.

Since 2011, Compass has been igniting Leeds with brilliant interactive live art projects. Inviting members of the public to experience and participate, thought-provoking and entertaining artworks can be found in a range of settings – and usually outside of traditional spaces like theatres and galleries.

Five brand-new commissions – Wondermart, Satellite, HUNGRY GHOSTS, Citizens Advise and Leeds Sauce – have been announced as part of the biennial festival’s 2022 programme.

Written by Silvia Mercuriali, Wondermart is an interactive audio tour – set in a supermarket – that takes you on a journey of rediscovery. The everyday blurs with the imaginary as you become immersed in a private soundscape. Pop on a headset and let yourself be guided up and down the aisles. Following the instructions you hear, you will discover new stories and meanings – making every performance completely unique.

Taking place at Leeds’ Kirkgate Market, Satellite is a festival-made space that will be used to document and celebrate stories, communities and individuals across the Black diaspora in the UK and beyond. Events taking place here are set to include Hairlooms: a 1-1 participatory performance hair jewellery workshop; a futuristic dress-up photobooth entitled Authors of our Own Image; a collaborative audio broadcast between local pioneers Sable Radio and Satellite curator Toni Lewis and, an afternoon of food, conversation, readings and community with Leeds based artist Musufing Whyles in Do Yuh Read Mi.

Artist Amy Lawrence brings HUNGRY GHOSTS, a collaborative storytelling and eating project featuring interactive installations, sensory happenings and workshops. Meanwhile, Empathy Museum invites you to step inside Citizens Advise – where you can contribute and receive advice on a range of different subjects.

Find out what Leeds really tastes like with Popeye Collective, an arts organisation that make work based on how and what we eat. Celebrating the city’s food culture, heritage and community, Leeds Sauce invites you to become part of the performance to create a condiment for Leeds. Whether you grind the spices or act as chief taster, you’ll be able to take home your very own bottle of Leeds Sauce.

The perfect opportunity to reflect and celebrate the people, places and stories of Leeds.

Compass Festival is a much-loved feature of Leeds’ cultural calendar and offers the perfect opportunity to reflect and celebrate the people, places and stories of the city.

Compass Festival at Leeds Kirkgate Market, Leeds 18 — 27 November 2022 Entrance is free Visit now

Where to go near Compass Festival 2022

Asian Bazaar Leeds
Leeds
Asian Bazaar

In the heart of Leeds is also an Asian market held every Wednesday, featuring a vast array of fabrics and spices from the Indian subcontinent and beyond.

Wapentake Leeds
Leeds
Restaurant
Wapentake

Wapentake is a café bar in Leeds, with freshly-baked bread and plenty of sweets cooked onsite. Its decor is rustic and and busy, crammed with bottles and other oddities, giving a pleasing artistic feel.

Wapentake Leeds
Leeds
Restaurant
Wapentake

Wapentake provides freshly-baked bread and plenty of sweets cooked onsite. Its decor is rustic and and busy, crammed with bottles and other oddities, giving a pleasing artistic feel.

Leeds
Event venue
Outlaws Yacht Club

A European style café/bar, exhibition space, record shop, hair salon and creative hangout tucked away on New York Street in Leeds…

Food at Crowd of Favours Leeds
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Restaurant
Crowd of Favours

Crowd of Favours is a relaxed, welcoming restaurant and pub serving a great range of beers, spirits and locally sourced food.

Leeds
Theatre
Leeds Playhouse

The Leeds Playhouse, formerly the West Yorkshire Playhouse is a producing theatre in Leeds with two stages at its disposal.

The Man Behind The Curtain
Leeds
Restaurant
The Man Behind The Curtain

Man Behind The Curtain is a stylish, exclusive fine dining restaurant in the Victoria Leeds shopping centre, with a flair for the weird and wonderful.

Music venue
The Wardrobe

Located in the city centre’s eastern Art Quarter, The Wardrobe features a bar and kitchen on its ground floor plus a cosy dedicated event space in the basement. Dance, jazz and world music regularly feature on The Wardrobe’s gig calendar, while the venue hosts popular club nights and comedy too.

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Shop
Tribe Records Leeds

Tribe Records returns after a 4 year gap with a new store stocking house, techno, electro, reggae, dancehall, disco, world, dnb, bass & beats.

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Hotel
Art Hostel in Leeds

The UK’s first social enterprise of its type, Art Hostel is a pioneering new project by East Street Arts.

Victoria Arcade
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Shopping Centre
Victoria Arcade

Leeds’ go to place for premium shopping, Victoria Arcade, has both style and substance in abundance.

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