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September 24, 2020 - October 3, 2020

TRANSFORM Cabaret Festival

Hosted by The Cultch / Urban Ink

TRANSFORM Cabaret Festival is unlike any other festival in the world. With a focus on empowering Indigenous artists and encouraging collaboration with non-Indigenous artists, this unique festival builds relationships and brings communities together to create lasting social change and groundbreaking performance. We believe in a future that is more equitable for Indigenous peoples. By sharing stories, engaging in ongoing conversations, and building relationships we will further our collective efforts towards truth and reconciliation. Featuring local and international Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in a variety of performance styles including theatre, music, drag, burlesque, circus, comedy, and everything in between.

This fall, a sensational line-up of artists will be taking over your digital world for seven explosive days of bold, uncompromising, political, and interactive performances all created for a digital experience you won’t want to miss! Led by our Protocol Keeper Quelemia Sparrow, this year’s festival will feature the return of our BASHES directed/hosted by Lisa Fa’alafi (Hot Brown Honey) and musical direction by Busty Beatz. Showcasing opera and lycra loving award-winning cabaret sensation Le Gateau Chocolat, Indigenous host Candy Palmater with special guests Jeremy Dutcher, Kent Monkman, Elvira Kurt and Cameron Fraser-Monroe. Returning are festival favourites Virago Nation, The Darlings, Family Drag Brunch plus our sensational company of Bash artists Quanah Style, Sierra Tasi Baker, Kimmortal, Leiah Luz, Chelsea Rose, and JB the First Lady.

Now, more than ever, TRANSFORM Cabaret Festival is a platform for IBPOC artists to self-determine the stories they share and how they want to share them with the world. We can’t wait for you to join us!

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  • The Cultch

    1895 Venables Street, Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6, Canada

    info@thecultch.com (604) 251-1766

    The Cultch is Vancouver’s most diverse and innovative arts and cultural hub.

    We operate three theatres, a gallery, and various multi-use spaces in the heart of East Vancouver. We offer dynamic contemporary programming in theatre, dance, music, and the visual arts, bringing world-class cultural presentations to our community. Our purpose is to provide a performance space for diverse audiences, serve as a space for artistic experimentation, develop local companies, and present cutting-edge national and international work.