Transform: A Cabaret Festival


The Cultch community has made incredible efforts to become a platform for previously unheard voices and unseen stories. We have come so far, but it is only from walking down this road that we’ve come to realize how far we still have to go. Transform: A Cabaret Festival is our collective response.

Transform: A Cabaret Festival is a daring new concept to bring radical and lasting change to live performance in Vancouver. A variety of ground-breaking Indigenous and non-indigenous artists will take over all three of our Cultch stages for eight explosive nights of bold, fresh, and extraordinary performance. It will be rough and ready, brash and beautiful, polished and political. Your heart will be wrenched, your minds inspired, and you’ll laugh until your belly hurts. All with the purpose of furthering our collective efforts towards reconciliation and the important conversations we need to continue to have in our community.

Co-curated by Cultch Executive Director Heather Redfern and Corey Payette, the Oji-Cree playwright, composer, and director of Children Of God, Transform: A Cabaret Festival will be daring, fresh, and extraordinary, run over two weeks in October 2019.


Heather has pledged a personal gift of $15,000 to kick-start fundraising for Transform: A Cabaret Festival. Join us, and be a mover and shaker who makes change happen.
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“Transform: A Cabaret Festival will be a gathering for so many artists to share their daring and powerful works with audiences and inspire landmark conversation for years to come.”

– Corey Payette, Festival Co-Curator

“It’s going to take over all the theatres and spaces at The Cultch. You will hear truth told a multitude of ways through music, dance, spoken word, poetry, theatre, circus, and burlesque. There will be revelations, questions and engagement.  This is festival of transformation.”

– Heather Redfern, Festival Co-Curator

Did you say ‘Cabaret’?

Cabaret is the perfect vehicle for the modern theatrical stage on which you can speak your truth while sharing your art, opinions, energy, feelings, and connections with people. Around the world, Cabaret Festivals emerged during a period of change and uncertainty as a platform for political discourse and engaging in deep conversations. Transform: A Cabaret Festival will is a new Cabaret Festival inspired by a daring concept to bring radical and lasting change to live performance in these unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

Headline image: Quelemia Sparrow by Emily Cooper