The Cultch reveals impactful seventh-annual Femme Festival lineup

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      Leading up to International Women’s Day, The Cultch has released its seventh annual Femme Festival lineup, which spotlights female-identified voices.

      Starting on April 4, The Cultch’s venues—including its Historic Theatre, the York Theatre, and the Vancity Culture Lab—will host a series of plays and performances that showcase the resilience of female, trans, and non-binary artists. Each of the four productions will be having their world premieres at the festival.

      “Why the Femme Festival? Because we believe that feminism serves everyone and creates equal opportunities regardless of gender,” says Heather Redfern, executive director of The Cultch, in a statement. “Feminism is inclusive. It is powerful. It creates strength. We’d love for you to join us, no matter how you identify. Because at the end of the day, it’s about values we share when we have performative experiences that make us feel free and celebrate each other.”

      The festival begins with Parifam on April 4, the debut play by Canadian-Iranian playwright Aki Yaghoubi, that chronicles the upheaval of a young artist whose childhood friend suddenly reappears.

      You used to call me Marie... details a multi-generational Métis love story interwoven with history and Métis song and dance, running from April 18 to 28 and put on by the Savage Society.

      Starting April 25, Fat Joke, presented by Neworld Theatre and Rumble Theatre, aims to challenge fatphobia through standup comedy and storytelling by Cheyenne Rouleau.

      Then, closing the festival is Homecoming, an exploration of Filipina identity across three generations, weaving together themes of belonging, family, and magic.

      Tickets are on sale now here.