Mayfest is Bristol’s unique festival of contemporary theatre, dedicated to presenting a broad range of unusual, playful and ambitious work from leading theatre makers from Bristol, the UK and beyond.

“A mix of work so tasty it makes you want to up sticks and move to Bristol permanently.”
— The Guardian


Mayfest is produced by MAYK and works in partnership with other key arts venues across Bristol to present work in both established theatre spaces and non-theatre spaces all over the city.

Each festival, for eleven days, we invite the most extraordinary theatre artists we can find into the city for an explosion of culture. We create the right environment for visiting work to sit alongside that which is being made in the region and forge new possibilities.

Mayfest’s leaning is towards playfulness and experimentation. Our programme emerges from conversations with artists and producers, from months travelling the world to find the best new theatre and performance being made, from collaborations with organisations locally and nationally. Mayfest is MAYK’s gift to the people of Bristol – a feast of performance for a diverse, multi-cultural city – things we know you’ll love, things we hope you’ll love, things we know you’ll be challenged by, things we think you’ll never forget.

We present work in theatres and non-theatre spaces across the city and expand our pool of presenting partners year on year. From pubs and clubs to community centres and libraries, from theatres and galleries to streets and woods; the city is a playground.

Through Mayfest we have built collaborative relationships with nearly every arts organisation in the city, from Bristol Old Vic to Tobacco Factory Theatres, from Arnolfini to the Cube, from Trinity to Circomedia.

Mayfest’s Artistic Directors are Matthew Austin and Kate Yedigaroff.

The next Mayfest will take place in May 2020.

“A pulse-racing programme of work ranging that offers fledgling local companies cheek by jowl with artists of international reputation”
— The Guardian

All photography: Paul Blakemore