The Cultch

Heather Redfern, Executive Director

1895 Venables Street
Vancouver, BC
V5L 2H6

For nearly four decades, The Cultch has been one of Vancouver 's most diverse and innovative arts and cultural institutions, offering dynamic programming in contemporary dance, theatre, and music by local, national, and international artists. Today, The Cultch continues to enrich the social and cultural life of Vancouver by bringing world-class cultural presentations to the public, supporting the growth of emerging artists and companies, and facilitating dialogue between groups in the Lower Mainland, especially within our local community of East Vancouver . The Cultch is so much more than just a theatre in the physical sense – our organization is looked upon as one of the foremost performing arts presenters in the country. Widely recognized as an innovator and leader, we have played an integral role in the development of British Columbia ’s artistic landscape.

In partnership with Rio Tinto Alcan, The Cultch created the $60,000 Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award. This award for BC performers rotates annually between dance, theatre and music/ opera. The past winners of the Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award for dance were The Holy Body Tattoo with Circa, battery opera with Cyclops, Kidd Pivot with Lost Action, Wen Wei Dance with Cock-Pit, and Les Productions Figlio with Elles.

Previous dance presentations have included Animals of Distinction, Rubberbandance Group, Co. Vision Selective, 605 Collective, public recordings, the UK’s Akram Khan, Kaeja d’Dance, Montreal Danse, Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Butoh Sha Tenkei (Japan), O Vertigo, battery opera, Kinesis Dance, CandoCo (UK), Kokoro Dance, EDAM, Salto Dance, Compagnie Flak, resident company The Holy Body Tattoo and Lola McLaughlin Dance, among many others.

Facility Information:

Historic Theatre
The Historic Theatre is a proscenium stage with raked audience chamber and balcony. Our maximum capacity is 285 (although most events taking place within the Historic Theatre are set to 195) with some flexibility to increase this number depending on the nature of the event.

Vancity Culture Lab
The Vancity Culture Lab is a beautiful new addition to The Cultch. As a black box studio, all lighting and audio technology is accessible from anywhere in the room. The comfortable seating system is comprised of movable risers that can be set up to virtually any configuration the space will allow. The "C Lab" will seat an intimate 50 to a capacity 100.

Full technical specification can be forwarded on request, or visit our web site at for more complete information.