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APRIL 2019 | Volume 178


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IGNITE! Youth-Driven Arts Festival
The Cultch  
April 26-May 4
Pay What You Can
www.thecultch.com or 604-251-1363

IGNITE! Festival brings a week of youth run programming to The Cultch

The youth of The Cultch's Youth Panel are thrilled to announce that this year's IGNITE festival will be taking over The Cultch's Historic and Vancity Culture Lab—with youth led programming and new work by local youth playwrights—from April 26 - May 4.

IGNITE! is an eclectic festival, programmed and curated entirely by members of the Youth Panel at the Cultch. It features theatre performers, dancers, and visual artists—all aged 11-26—as well as participants in the Cultch mentorship programs. In its 19th year, the festival also includes the production of five new One Act Plays by local youth playwrights. In addition, each of the main festival nights offer a diverse spread of performances in a variety-show style under a theme; from Paranormal Investigation to Day At The Fair. Performances this year include spoken word, contortion, live music, short plays, and original contemporary dance, among many others.

IGNITE! One-Act Plays
April 26th and 27th at 7:30
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 28th at 7:30
Vancity Culture Lab
Brand new films by young filmmakers. An eclectic mix of genres and styles.

IGNITE! Gallery Opening
May 1st at 7:30
The Cultch Gallery 
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 1st at 7:30
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 2nd at 7:30
Historic Theatre 
A spectacular affair involving circus, dance and pie making!

IGNITE! Records and Old Radio: Live Music
May 3rd at 7:30
Historic Theatre
Join us for a live 1930s themed radio show!

IGNITE! Important Figures of the 20th Century: Finale Night
May 4th at 7:30
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.

TICKETS: Tickets are Pay What You Can, suggested donation $2 for youth, $20 for adults. Single tickets on sale now through The Cultch's Box Office: 604-251-1363 or tickets.thecultch.com.

Since 1973, The Cultch (formally the Vancouver East Cultural Centre) has been one of Vancouver's most diverse and innovative arts and cultural hubs. The organization operates three theatrical venues, a gallery, and various ancillary spaces in the heart of East Vancouver. The Cultch offers dynamic contemporary programming in theatre, dance, music, and the visual arts, bringing world-class cultural presentations to thousands of citizens each year through its own programming and through providing rental opportunities for community users. Our purpose is to provide a venue for performance that serves a diverse and engaged public and provides space for artistic experimentation and development, building an audience for local companies and presenting cutting-edge national and international work.



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