GAC combining Theatre and Music fests into Performing Arts Festival for this August

Derek Kilbourn

Sounder News

Tuesday, March 13 2018

Marrying the best of the Theatre Festival and the Music Festival, the Gabriola Arts Council (GAC) will be bringing “Cultivate: Performing Arts Festival” to the Gabriola Commons August 16 to 19 this year.

Mitch Miyagawa, Programming Director for GAC, said it will feature the same level of theatre that Gabriolans have come to expect from the Theatre Festival, “in a fantastic new venue, with so much more to do before and after the shows.”

“We’re in conversation with theatre groups and performers from across BC and around the world, and are committed to the same high-quality theatre experiences that Gabriola Theatre Fest audiences have known for the past nine years.

“And for those who loved last year’s music fest, we’re hoping to build on the great start last year, and bring a diverse lineup of independent music in a variety genres and styles.”

“Cultivate” will have mainstage theatre performances happening Thursday through Sunday, and music performances running on the Friday and Saturday, and part of Sunday. The Saturday night will have two music stages going simultaneously.

Miyagawa said, “We’re really excited about working with the Commons - it is a great meshing of the two Gabriola organizations’ visions of supporting rich cultural commons on Gabriola, and are hoping it will be an ongoing and evolving partnership. 

“This will transform the Commons into an even more magical space, a festive grounds that incorporates the beauty of the land and the creative energy of Gabriola.”

“Cultivate” will feature a main stage tent, a second music stage, an artist/vendor village, kids’ zone, late night dancing, artist installations, workshops, and “Gabriganza” - a family show, with music and performance.

“We’re hoping that there’ll be lots of ways for people to enjoy the weekend - seeing shows, listening to music, dancing late night, coming with the kids, chilling on the grounds, hanging out with friends and neighbours, eating great food, participating in a workshop, installation or game.

“The GAC organizers are working on ways to meaningfully include local performers and local community groups. 

“We really want this to be a festival that Gabriolans are going to feel…belongs to them.”

A call for submissions for music will be up on the GAC website and volunteers are needed. The full lineup for “Cultivate” will be announced on April 14, at the Arty Party during Isle of the Arts.