The Cultch announces sensational line-up of the inaugural TRANSFORM: A Cabaret Festival—and you could win four tickets

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      When the inaugural runs at The Cultch from October 2 to 12, Vancouver won’t know what hit it. Unlike anything the city has ever seen before, the revolutionary new fest features more than 50 Indigenous and non-indigenous performers taking over the stages—and lounges and lobbies—at all three Cultch venues for an all-out arts extravaganza.

      Throat-singing, drag, circus, burlesque, comedy, storytelling, hoop dancing, spoken word, live music, and more: sparks will fly, literally and figuratively.

      But there’s more to this ground-breaking festival than outrageous, heart-stopping performances. TRANSFORM is also a force of change.

      Historically, cabaret festivals have acted as a raucous, exhilarating way of expressing uprising during periods of change, as a platform for political discourse. In the here and now, the festival aims to bring radical transformation to performance in the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

       “I think that reconciliation is a really difficult subject matter, because we are not as far along as we should be,” says Corey Payette, Urban Ink artistic director, who is co-curating the festival with Heather Redfern, executive director of the Cultch. “What I know for sure is that artists are always the ones to lead the way.”

      The lineup is spectacularly diverse. Look for everything from (a night of circus performance) and (Vancouver’s all Indigenous Burlesque troupe) to (Vancouver’s multidisciplinary non-binary drag show) and (Marshall Vielle’s one-person show).

      Then there’s live music by the likes of , , , and , to name just a few.

      Plus, festival participants can join artists and VIPs every evening at a festival club night, a creative space for artists to collaborate and test out new material while enjoying the beats of DJ Kookum and DJ Skylar Love.

      It all kicks off with two wild opening night celebrations (October 2 and 3) hosted by Musqueam artist Quelemia Sparrow (the festival’s keeper of Indigenous protocol) and Australian cabaret star Lisa Fa’alafi (co-creator of smash-hit Hot Brown Honey) and featuring rousing presentations from many of the festival stars.

      TRANSFORM: A Cabaret Festival takes place at the Cultch’s Historic Theatre (1895 Venables Street), York Theatre (639 Commercial Drive), and Vancity Culture Lab (1895 Venables Street). Tickets, from $26, are available through The Cultch’s Box Office: 604-251-1363 or on the

      To learn more about TRANSFORM: A Cabaret Festival, visit .

      Enter below for your chance to win four tickets to TRANSFORM: A Cabaret Festival’s Opening Night Bash on October 2, 7:30 pm, at York Theatre (valued at $208).


      Four tickets to TRANSFORM: A Cabaret Festival’s Opening Night Bash on October 2, 7:30 p.m. at York Theatre (valued at $208)

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