“You can time travel through wonderland, but you can’t wonderland through time travel…”
Get ready because this year, IGNITE! Youth Festival is all about wonderland! For one whole week in May (May 2nd-10th) youth will take over The Cultch and transform it into what has become Vancouver’s largest youth driven festival!
To help bring the wonderland alive, The Cultch’s Youth Panel is looking for talented performers of all kinds ages 13-24 to audition. No wonderland is complete without the wild and wacky, beautiful and graceful, bizarre and a little ugly, the amazing, the heroic, the new, the old… well really anything at all!
So if you have an idea of a real slam-bang performance, come out to the auditions. You can meet The Cultch Youth Panel, show them a little of what you can do and have a real fun time. We asked Mati, Clare and Mark of The Cultch Youth Panel for their thoughts on the upcoming auditions:
What are you excited to see at auditions?
“All the new and original acts, hopefully something that I wouldn’t have thought of, and maybe some familiar acts from previous years!”-Mati
“Everything! Last year was my first time on Panel, and while I didn’t know what to expect from the auditions, I was totally blown away. And it looks like it’ll be even better this year!”- Clare
“I’m optimistically looking forward to seeing acts I would never thought I would like, but will immediately adore. Last year, we had an acrobatic act that completely blew me away. Before that I’d never had much interest in that kind of performance. I’m excited to see what I will get introduced to this year.”-Mark
Who do you hope shows up?
“Anyone and everyone, the more the better! Some cool bands would be wicked fun!”-Mati
“Ringo Starr and David Bowie. But they’re probably a little too old…
I’m looking forward to seeing all of the auditions, but especially the people who are doing something out-of-the-box. I want to see people with acts that I’ve never even imagined seeing!”-Clare
“I’d like to see some more electronic musicians audition simply because it’s always fascinating to see how they each work their live setup, which are incredibly varied. Also: interpretive dance.”-Mark
What would be the craziest coolest act you could imagine?
“I’d love to see a Mindless Self Indulgence cover band, that performs only in their underwear”-Mati
“Something with streamers and balloons and trapezes and magic. Like if Harry Potter was riding a unicycle. With balloons.”-Clare
“A domesticated penguin improv jazz ensemble.”-Mark
Anything else you want us to know about IGNITE this year?
“Come to auditions, come to our shows, stalk our website, stalk us!”-Mati
“Just that it’s going to be super rad! I’m getting really excited — last year’s festival was great, but this year’s is going to be EVEN BETTER.”-Clare
“It’s going to be rowdy. Wear protective sunscreen and make sure you have an alibi.”-Mark
To sign up for your audition, email firstname.lastname@example.org by February 24. Auditions will be held March 8 and 9 at the Russian Hall. Can’t wait to see you there!