About the Festival

Neanderthal Arts is emerging from the Cave for our third year!  We're bringing back summer theatre for Vancouver running July 19 - July 29, 2012 at the Cultch.

Co-producers Left Right Minds and Upintheair Theatre are thrilled to announce the line-up for the third annual Neanderthal Arts Festival which takes place this July at the Cultch. This year’s Mainstage Series will feature four local companies and one national company producing an eclectic range of cutting edge theatre.

Neanderthal Arts is a curated, developmental arts festival. The professional series provides a platform for theatre artists and companies to showcase and try out new and experimental work. Our objective is to feature primarily new Canadian work, although we welcome submissions from companies wishing to premiere new international work or re-interpretations of classics from the theatre canon, especially Canadian works. In particular, we encourage work that takes risks, is creative and has a clear artistic vision. At the same time, Neanderthal Arts is looking for work that is accessible and engaging for our core target-demographic of 20-40 year olds.

For our part, Neanderthal Arts will provide successful companies with venues, technical staff, publicity and marketing, ticket sales, equitable performance scheduling and front of house management. Neanderthal Arts' goal is to provide the best possible production resources at the lowest cost, attract the largest audiences possible to the work we present and create an environment that will support artistic and professional career development.