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IGNITE! Youth-Driven Arts Festival 2019

Dates: Apr 26 - May 4, 2019

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Every year, for one week in May, The Cultch is taken over and transformed by young people. Hundreds of youth are involved in what has grown to be Vancouver’s largest youth-driven arts festival. The festival includes showcases in music, dance, and spoken word, the world premiere of three one-act plays, a visual arts exhibit, variety shows featuring improv, drag, circus arts, and much more. All of this is created by local artists between the ages of 13-26.

Literally every aspect of the festival is youth-driven, produced by The Cultch’s Youth Panel. From media relations and promotion, to stage managing and running the lighting and sound boards, there are countless ways to become involved, whether on stage or behind the scenes.

IGNITE! One-Act Plays

April 26 & 27, 2019: 7:30PM
Vancity Culture Lab
See the world premiere of two one-act plays, written by young playwrights, featuring a wide range of youth talent.
“Sueño Americano” by Brenda Muñoz, directed by Stephanie Wong and Shanae Sodhi, and “The Medicine Hat Playwrights Festival” by Iain Coates, directed by Samuel Jing, will be performed in the Culture Lab.

IGNITE! Short Film Night

April 28: 7:30PM
Vancity Culture Lab

Brand new films by young filmmakers. An eclectic mix of genres and styles.

IGNITE! Gallery Opening

May 1, 2019: 6:00PM
The Cultch Lobby

Join us to launch the IGNITE! Youth-Driven Arts Festival with the opening of our visual arts exhibit. Enjoy drinks and appetizers in the lobby while browsing art by the city’s finest youth artists.

IGNITE! Paranormal Investigation: Spoken Word

May 1, 2019: 7:30PM
Historic Theatre

Did you know the Cultch has a resident ghost? Join the IGNITE! Festival for a night of spoken word and paranormal investigation.

IGNITE! A Day At The Fair: Dance and Circus

May 2, 2019: 7:30PM
Historic Theatre

A spectacular affair involving circus, dance and pie making!

IGNITE! Records and Old Radio: Live Music

May 3, 2019: 7:30PM
Historic Theatre

Join us for a live 1930s themed radio show. Prizes to win, and music!

IGNITE! Important Figures of the 20th Century: Finale Night

May 4, 2019: 7:30PM
Historic Theatre

All of human history has been a tumultuous time, but no century has changed the face of Planet Earth quite as much as the 20th. And this night will definitely change you! Get ready to face the most wild, unbridled, theatricality that has ever graced the Cultch as we celebrate the most famous and impactful figures of the past century such as:

  • The inventor of the toaster.
  • The inventor of chewing gum.
  • The inventor of opening doors.

You don’t want to miss this! Prepare to have your world rocked harder than Mount Marmolada in 1916.

Pricing for the Festival

Pay What You Can:
Suggested for Youth: $2, $5, $10, $15
Suggested for Adult: $20, $25, $30, $35

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