May 17-20 | Historic Theatre & Vancity Culture Lab



Solstice, Daybreak, High Noon, Golden Hour, Solar Flair: The Big Finale

The Cultch’s Youth Panel are thrilled to announce that this year’s IGNITE! Festival will be taking over The Cultch’s Historic Theatre— with youth-led programming and new work by local emerging playwrights and multidisciplinary artists— from May 17-20, 2023.

This will be IGNITE!’s 21st Anniversary of in-person events.

IGNITE! is an eclectic festival, programmed and curated entirely by members of the Youth Panel at the Cultch. It features theatre performers, filmmakers, writers, poets, dancers, musicians, visual artists, drag performers and more — all aged 13-30 — as well as participants from the Cultch’s Youth Program Mentorship Programs. Celebrating its 21st Anniversary, the festival also includes the production of three One Act Plays by local emerging playwrights and a Visual Arts exhibition.

Each of the main festival nights offer a diverse spread of performances in a variety-show style under a theme; from Daybreak and Golden Hour to Solar Flair, this year IGNITE! is rising up and celebrating the sunny days ahead! Performances this year include short plays, monologues, poetry, live music, traditional dance and voguing, a short films program, and a lineup of three phenomenal drag performers. In addition, we will have a secret opening show on May 15th with a live electronic music set, so make sure to check our Instagram to get tickets while you can!

IGNITE! Visual Arts Exhibition April 25 – May 21, 2023 & and Merch Sale from May 17-20

Join us every night of the festival from 7:00-8:00 pm to enjoy a drink from our bar and to get engulfed in our Visual Arts Exhibition. Some of our pieces will be on sale, so please feel free to enquire with any Youth Panel Member or bar staff to purchase.

For more information: Visit Ignite! Website

Showtimes & Dates

IGNITE! Solstice
May 15: 7 PM at Vancity Culture Lab

IGNITE! Daybreak
May 17: 8 PM at Historic Theatre

IGNITE! High Noon
May 18: 8 PM at Historic Theatre

IGNITE! Golden Hour
May 19: 8 PM at Historic Theatre

IGNITE! Solar Flair: The Big Finale
May 20: 8 PM at Historic Theatre

Ticket Info

Dawn: $10
Dusk: $15
Sunrise: $20
Sunburn Festival Pass (access to all 4 shows): $35


Show Details

Latecomers permitted up to 15 minutes after show starts.


Box office info

1895 Venables St.
[email protected]

Mon to Fri: 12–6PM, Sat 12-4
and 1 hour prior to all performances

Cultch Connects

Our Cultch Connects program provides free tickets for families, community groups, artists, and others who might not be able to otherwise experience our shows. If you would like to learn more about how to access Cultch Connects tickets, please reach out to [email protected].

IGNITE! Solstice

May 15, 7 PM | Vancity Culture Lab

IGNITE! Daybreak

May 17, 8 PM | Historic Theatre

IGNITE! High Noon

May 18, 8 PM | Historic Theatre

IGNITE! Golden Hour

May 19, 8 PM | Historic Theatre

IGNITE! Solar Flair

May 20, 8 PM | Historic Theatre


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