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16 February, 2022

Demostage is an informal, temporary space for new ideas. Open to people who make creative projects of any kind (think theatre, music, games, sound, whatever), the event encourages collaboration, sharing and critical discourse.

Presenters have five minutes to present their idea to the room, followed by five minutes for us all to offer thoughts, feedback and ideas.

The first Demostage in partnership with MAYK included different showcases by a variety of thinkers, creators, and makers, who presented their idea, and opened the floor for the audience to contribute to the research and development process.

For audiences, Demostage is an opportunity to get a unique insight into how new creative ideas grow and to help artists make connections and develop their projects. For artists, Demostage is a lightly-held, fun, and informal space to help you get unstuck, make progress and share your ideas with an audience. 

Demostage is a concept created by Dustin Harvey’s Secret Theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Dustin very kindly open-sourced the idea for us and we debuted Demostage Bristol at Mayfest 2016. You can find out more about Secret Theatre here:

This was the first session for Demostage and we hope to run more sessions in 2023.