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IGNITE! Youth-Driven Arts Festival 2019

Apr 26–May 4, 2019


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.

Ask anyone who is involved in the arts and you’ll hear that the show won’t go on without a strong sense of camaraderie around the performance from all involved. Besides aiding in developing the tools to make art, the Cultch’s Youth Panel is also providing a vehicle for aspiring young talents to run their own show, make their own art and have their own voices.” — Stuart Derdeyn, The Vancouver Sun


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April 26 & 27; 7:30PM
IGNITE! One-Act Plays, 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.

April 28; 7:30PM
IGNITE! Short Film Night, Vancity Culture Lab
Brand new films by young filmmakers. An eclectic mix of genres and styles.
Closed Captioning.


May 01; 6:00PM
IGNITE! Gallery Opening, 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.


May 01; 7:30PM
IGNITE! Paranormal Investigation: Spoken Word, Historic Theatre
Did you know the Cultch has a resident ghost? Join the IGNITE! Festival for a night of spoken word and paranormal investigation.


May 02; 7:30PM
IGNITE! A Day At The Fair: Dance and Circus, Historic Theatre
A spectacular affair involving circus, dance, and pie making!


May 03; 7:30PM
IGNITE! Records and Old Radio: Live Music, Historic Theatre
Join us for a live 1930s themed radio show. Prizes to win, and music!


May 04; 7:30PM
IGNITE! Important Figures of the 20th Century: Finale Night, 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, and the inventor of opening doors. You don’t want to miss this! Prepare to have your world rocked harder than Mount Marmolada in 1916.
ASL interpretation.


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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