Magnetic North Festival

Magnetic North plays an active role in creating transformative, community-building experiences and opportunities for theatre makers, producers, and audiences across the country.


What We’re Doing

On June 25, 2019 the Magnetic North Theatre Festival board of directors announced that after a two-year hiatus from presenting work, the Festival will re-emerge with renewed spirit and purpose in the Vancouver Region from June 6 – 16, 2019.

The festival will be held on Coast Salish Territory and will be a partnership between artists, presenters, academics, and audiences. The festival headquarters will be at The Cultch in East Vancouver and events will take place in the multiple communities across the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD).

Changes at Magnetic North

Magnetic North will continue to focus on Canadian work and engage participants from across the country, including invited guests from abroad. It will no longer be strictly focused on theatre. As the lines blur between disciplines in the works that artists are creating, the festival will be focused on the live performing arts in whatever form that may take.

The Cultch has provided in-kind venue donations to the festival and acts as in-kind administrative homebase, but it is not funding or affiliated with the festival’s operations or programming. The festival will be held in Vancouver in June 2019, but it is not committed to being presented in particular cities each year. It will not be led by an Artistic Director, with a singular, curatorial vision. It will also not follow the format of traditional markets or industry events at festivals where the goal is to buy and sell product; those conferences and models already exist.

New Spirit, Purpose and Vision
The festival will now focus on finding ways of partnering and participating in work and/or its process by supporting learning, innovation in creation, and audience and community engagement. It will also focus on clearly communicating to the public their integral role as cohort and conspirator.

The board will act as the administrative and managerial team running the organization, each bringing their areas of expertise to make it happen. A Festival Producer will be hired to facilitate and oversee the logistics of the event, reporting directly to the board. The organization is intentionally structured this way to reflect and support the festival’s new spirit, purpose, and vision.

Organized by a Festival Producer and working in response to the needs of  the artistic community and the public, the festival is host to a “performing arts potluck” of professional arts projects proposed by independent artists and producing companies. The festival will bring the national community together by resourcing the festival and the participants; including but not limited to professional fees, commissions, micro investments, community and industry  development, conversations and matchmaking.  As such, Magnetic North now plays an active role in being our nation’s community test kitchen to explore new territory and engage audiences in making theatre, or other performing arts.


Magnetic North Festival


June 4
5:30 pm

Ask the Audience Panel + Pay-What-You-Wish App Demo

A facilitated "Ask Us Anything" panel with local audience members plus a demo of Weshowup.io - a new pay-what-you-wish ticketing platform.

June 3
12:00 pm

What Happened?

An open discussion with members of the Magnetic North Executive Board.

June 9
11:00 am

Future or Finale? Long Table Discussion

Brunch and discussion about the future (or finale) of the festival.

June 8
11:00 am

Outside City Limits

Nadia Ross leads a discussion and information sharing about creating work and partnerships outside big city centres.

June 7
10:00 am

Formal Fun Debate

An improvised debate about whether or not organizations should die.

June 5
11:30 am

Indie Systems Burnout + CultureBrew.ART

A discussion on indie systems infrustructure + demo from Valerie Sing Turner

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