The Cultch Welcomes IGNITE! Youth Driven Arts Festival 2019

From April 26 to May 4, The Cultch’s Youth Panel brings IGNITE! Youth-Driven Arts Festival to The Cultch’s Historic and Vancity Culture Lab. 

IGNITE! is an eclectic festival, programmed and curated entirely by members of the Youth Panel at the Cultch. IGNITE! features theatre performers, dancers, and visual artists—all aged 11-26—as well as participants in the Cultch mentorship programs. 

Now in its 19th year, the festival also includes the production of five new One Act Plays by local youth playwrights. Each night of the festival brings diverse performances in a variety-show style, with themes like Paranormal Investigation and Day At The Fair. This year’s line-up includes spoken word, contortion, live music, short plays, and original contemporary dance, among many others.

The 2019 IGNITE! program includes:

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
The launch the IGNITE! Youth-Driven Arts Festival with the opening of its visual arts exhibit. Enjoy drinks and appetizers in The Cultch 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

The IGNITE! Youth-Driven Arts Festival  runs April 26 – May 4 2019 at The Cultch Historic Theatre and Vancity Cultural Lab, 1895 Venebles.
Tickets are Pay What You Can, suggested donation $2 for youth, $20 for adults. Single tickets on sale now by phone through The Cultch’s Box Office or online at