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International Showcase Festival

Posted on 07 February 2017

The extraordinary In Between Time Festival (IBT) returns to Bristol from 8 to 12 February. IBT17 features fresh new British talent and critically acclaimed international artists in venues across the city.

The biennial festival is supported through our National Portfolio Organisation funding and last year received an International Showcasing grant. The IBT17 International Showcase will give 22 high quality diverse British artists exposure on a global scale. One hundred international producers are invited, opening up opportunities for exporting work internationally.

Artists working in dance, theatre, live art, activism and music, will unite through the theme ‘Stand Up, Stand Out’. From Nic Green’s Cock and Bull, a feminist response to the UK’s political climate, to a one to one performance through touch and sound by Tania El Khoury, audiences are invited to consider the future in changing times.

This is our bravest festival yet. Our forty truly exceptional artists offer a version of Britain that is uncompromisingly contemporary, open and defiantly different. Helen Cole, Artistic Director/CEO of IBT.

Professional development is at the heart of IBT’s ethos. IBT17 New Bloods is an initiative which has focused on nurturing talent and supporting emerging artists from all walks of life. The programme is a partnership with University of the West of England, University of Chichester and Leeds Beckett University.

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Real Magic, Forced Entertainment © Hugo Glendinning

Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England said,

IBT shows incredible commitment in developing emerging talent and creating opportunities in partnership with higher education institutes.

For the first time this year, IBT have collaborated with Colston Hall to create an Immersive Music Programme offering an audio visual line-up. Electronic music producers will perform at the festival in the former IMAX at Bristol Aquarium. Visuals designed for the big screen will accompany the mix of mesmerising sounds. The Art of Application, a discussion with composers and artists based on scoring for film will take place on Saturday afternoon.

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The Dawn, Limbic Cinema © Limbic Cinema 

Collaboratively working across different art forms, music artists are creating new sensory experiences for audiences. This series has been brought together to reflect current trends and to the innovative artistic approaches encompassed by the IBT17 programme. Matt Aitken, Colston Hall’s programmer.

Read more:

See In Between Time’s full programme here.

Find more about our National Portfolio Organisation and International Showcasing.