youth-driven arts festival

ignite! 2023

amplify emerging voices

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The Cultch, Historic Theatre



17-20 May 2023

IGNITE! is an eclectic festival, programmed and curated entirely by members of the Youth Panel  at The Cultch. It features theatre performers, filmmakers, writers, poets, dancers, musicians, VR and visual artists  — all aged 13-30 — as well as participants from The Cultch mentorship programs. Celebrating its 21st Anniversary, the festival also includes the production of three new One Act Plays by local emerging playwrights and a VR and Visual Arts exhibition.

2023 official lineup

Monday, May 15: Solstice; Opening Party

Wednesday, May 17: Daybreak

Thursday, May 18: High Noon

Friday, May 19: Golden Hour

Saturday, May 20: Solar Flair; The Big Finale

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thursday, may 19

argel mdr

Argel MDR is a Filipino-Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor from Surrey, Canada. He was one of the Top 10 finalists of CBC’s Toyota Searchlight 2021. When he was 15 years old, he moved to Canada from the Philippines with his family to seek a better life and opportunities. As a young immigrant, Argel wants to use the power of storytelling to inspire Filipino youth and other immigrants through his music and theatrical performances. He is an advocate of representation, anti-racism work, and inclusion. Argel’s most recent single, ‘Sail Away’ was featured in Spotify playlists including Fresh Finds Philippines.

wednesday, may 18
Ignite!-curated shorts

corinne langmuir

Corinne Langmuir (they/she) is a video editor, multimedia creator, and writer. In 2020, they directed the introspective dance short Zì Jǐ with their collaborator Erin Lum. Corinne is studying at the University of Toronto. They aim to challenge the barriers of subconscious narratives through multimedia grounds.

wednesday, may 18
Ignite!-curated shorts

Erin Lum

Erin Lum (she/her) is a dancer, writer, and filmmaker. Her instinctual love for movement has allowed her to explore the ways creative practices intertwine. With her collaborator Corinne Langmuir, she directed and danced in the F-O-R-M commissioned short, Zì Jǐ. Erin is currently studying at SFU and works as F-O-R-M’s Associate Producer.