Every year when curating the festival, our AD Brenda Leadlay picks a theme to tie together all the pieces- or in a lot of cases, the theme presents itself when all the work finally falls into place. That was the case for 2015, when Canada’s Magnetic North Theatre Festival returned to Ottawa, ON from June 4-13. Our 2015 Festival presented new and exciting Canadian work, two outdoor Pay-What-You-Can performances, and a thought-provoking theme: Radical Lessons for a Meaningful Life. Whether it’s gaining liberation from addiction, taking a leap into nothingness, or transforming heartbreak into hope, they remind us that opportunity knocks when we least expect it.
We celebrate innovative theatre from across the country with main stage performances, two outdoor Pay-What-You-Can presentations, and of course, our signature Magnetic Encounters featuring artist encounters, talkbacks, free community events and so much more. As Canada’s only national theatre festival, we’re proud to bring Canadian stories to life on-stage and create a cultural experience that can transform lives.