Transform: A Cabaret Festival (2019)
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Returning to Vancouver in September 2020


Curated by Corey Payette & Heather Redfern / In collaboration with The Cultch


Transform: A Cabaret Festival is a new cabaret festival inspired by a daring new concept to bring radical and lasting change to live performance in these unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

In October 2019, a variety of ground-breaking artists—from here and around the world—will take over all three stages at The Cultch for eight explosive nights of bold, fresh, and extraordinary performance. It will be Indigenous and non-Indigenous, rough and ready, brash and beautiful, polished and political. Your heart will be wrenched, your mind inspired, and you’ll laugh until your belly hurts. All with the purpose of furthering our collective efforts towards reconciliation and the important conversations we must continue to have.

Cabaret is the perfect vehicle for the modern theatrical stage. Around the world, cabaret festivals emerged during a period of change and uncertainty as a platform for political discourse and engaging in deep conversations.


Transform: A Cabaret Festival took place over all three Cultch stages

October 2-12, 2019

ANNOUNCING: The first round of Transform: A Cabaret Festival artists:

Virago Nation – All Indigenous Burlesque troupe

Veda Hille – Beloved local singer-songwriter

Quelemia Sparrow – Musqueam writer and performer

Nour Hadidi – Toronto-based comedian

Martha Chaves – Canadian Comedy Award winner


Transform: A Cabaret Festival will be a gathering for so many artists to share their daring and powerful works with audiences and inspire landmark conversation for years to come. —Corey Payette, Festival Co-curator

You will hear truth told a multitude of ways through music, dance, spoken word, poetry, theatre, circus, and burlesque. There will be revelations, questions, and engagement. This is a festival of transformation. —Heather Redfern, Festival Co-curator


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