By Caitlin Bryant
It’s that time of year again and no matter what your plans are for this holiday season they likely include meeting, greeting, and gifting with loved ones. Even better is when your greeting and gifting supports local artists and charities, right? Well, The Cultch has a pile of great gift ideas that we know will appeal to your friends and family because our programming is as diverse as they are!
Here are some of the ways that you can give the gift of art AND support your community this holiday season.
BUILD-YOUR-OWN Subscription Package:
Try our Build-Your-Own (BYO) packages on for size and get four shows for the price of three or see eight shows and save even more! Starting from $51, BYO Packages are a great way to ensure your loved ones get the seats they’ll want for some of Vancouver’s most exciting theatre, music, and dance during those dark winter months. With 13 diverse presentations left in the 2012/13 season, there is something for everyone!
The incredibly limber FLEX 4:
Save 10% off all seating selections (subject to availability at time of booking) with our Flex 4 Subscription and enjoy our most flexible subscription package, featuring four vouchers redeemable for tickets to any performance during the 2012/13 season – any time and in anyway (excluding special presentations). Your loved one could use all of the vouchers for one show or use one voucher for four different presentations. It’s up to them!
Do you know someone in need of something really, really flexible? Then go with a GIFT CERTIFICATE:
Gift Certificates are our most flexible option as they can be purchased in any amount, they do not expire, they are valid for any Cultch presentation, and can be used towards any subscription package – It doesn’t get any more flexible than that! Purchase your gift certificate early through our box office by calling 604-251-1363.
Cultchified URBAN CERAMICS:
A warm welcome to the newest addition to The Cultch’s creative family tree is East Van’s very own Jacqueline Robins’ Urban Ceramics. Jacqueline is creating our new Cultch mugs, which will soon be available for sale in the lobby. Here’s a little teaser about Jacqueline’s work “My work is both functional and narrative. Pieces are hand-built and thrown on the potter’s wheel. The imagery is applied using derivatives of printmaking techniques in addition to impressing and embossing.” We can’t wait to see the one-of-a-kind designs she has come up with! Click here to visit Jacqueline Robins’ Urban Ceramics.
JEWELRY with a conscience:
Carolyne Curran-Knight’s wonderful pieces of handcrafted jewelry are perfect for holiday giving. These stunning, one-of-a-kind pieces are not only fashionable, they also make a lasting impact in our community as all proceeds from sales of Carolyne’s jewelry go to her two favorite charities, The Crisis Centre and The Cultch. The Cultch is also thrilled to be exhibiting her works at an upcoming Jewelry Show on Wednesday, December 5th at 7pm – Come meet the artist and see her creations in person!
Wondering what we have coming up in the New Year? Here’s a highlight of some of the upcoming shows that would be perfect for holiday greeting and gifting:
Circle of Eleven (Berlin, Germany)
Dec 4 – 15, 2012
An acrobatic feat of visual/physical theatre reminiscent of the silent cinema era, your family and friends will watch in awe as LEO defies the laws of gravity in this witty and absolutely mind-expanding mixed media performance that appeals to the whole family.
The Christmas Carol Project
Brass Monkey Productions (Edmonton)
Dec 16 – 18, 2012
The Christmas Carol Project tells a musical version of Dickens’ tale with a captivating blend of contemporary folk-music and literature. Performed by Juno-nominated folk musicians of Brass Monkey Productions, this heart warming re-told classic has become a Vancouver tradition. With only three performances get your family’s tickets today to avoid disappointment!
Blackbird Theatre (Vancouver)
Dec 26, 2012 – Jan 26, 2013
Heretic. Swordsman. Seducer. Don Juan. The award-winning company behind 2011’s smash hit Waiting for Godot brings to life the satiric tale of an irresistible rogue and defiant hedonist. Blackbird Theatre presents a daring new adaptation of Molière’s most scandalous comedy. Can you think of a better way to heat up a cold winter night? Neither can we!
Grim & Fischer
Wonderheads (Portland, Oregon)
Jan 3 – 13, 2013
Your friends and family will love this tender telling of one granny’s fantastical showdown with Death himself! Winner of the 2011 Cultchivating the Fringe Award, audiences will adore this full face masked comedy from physical theatre duo, Wonderheads.
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart
National Theatre of Scotland (Glasgow), presented with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
Jan 29 – Feb 2, 2013
Send a friend to the pub for a night of anarchic theatre where ballads will be sung, stories will be told, and re-told, and then karaoke’d too as Prudencia embarks on an enchanted journey of self discovery. This performance is site-specific and taking place right next door at East Vancouver’s own WISE Hall!
Click here for information on our full 2012/13 season overview!
We would also like to take this moment to extend our heartfelt appreciation to all of our neighbours, our patrons, and our very special Cultch community stakeholders who support the art they love – Yeah, that’s YOU! Have a safe and cheery holiday season from all the staff and volunteers at The Cultch!
For more information about holiday gifting through The Cultch, check out our gift page by clicking here!
*A little holiday housekeeping: The Cultch administration office will be closed from December 24 – January 2 and will re-open at 10am on Wednesday, January 3.