A year after the Magnetic North Theatre Festival closed its doors with a deficit of nearly quarter million dollars, the biennial festival will re-emerge in the Vancouver region next year.

In a media release earlier this week, the board of directors of the new Magnetic North Festival announced the festival’s return in June of next year. Headquartered at The Cultch, events will take place in communities across the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) from June 6 – 16, 2019.

By removing the word theatre from its name, the new festival will focus “on the live performing arts in whatever form that may take”. The new festival intends to retain its focus on Canadian work.

“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,” says the media release.

According to the press release, the new Magnetic North Festival will not be led by an artistic director, but will instead rely on its board, chaired by The Cultch’s Heather Redfern, and a still-to-be-hired festival producer.

“The organization is intentionally structured this way to reflect and support the festival’s new spirit, purpose, and vision,” says the release.

In preparation for the 2019 festival, organizers are currently seeking submissions from artists, presenters, producers, administrators, community advocates and academics “to bring their work to the table in whatever stage of development it might be or form that might take.” The submission deadline is September 1, 2018.

Visit magneticnorthfestival.ca for more information.