News | Local IMPACT 19 Theatre Festival Aims to Raise $30,000 By the End of August
Further Program Cuts to Waterloo Region’s IMPACT Theatre Festival Following the Launch of $30,000 Crowdfunding Campaign
The Festival lost a significant provincial funding ($70,000) back in June. Despite the projected success of the crowdfunding campaign, MT Space has to cut four more shows from IMPACT to keep the organization’s finances healthy.
WATERLOO REGION (July 16, 2019) – MT Space is launching their crowdfunding campaign for the 2019 IMPACT Festival with the goal of raising $30,000 by August 31.
Despite losing a major grant in June, Waterloo Region’s celebrated international Festival of contemporary theatre will take place as planned between September 24 – 29, 2019. Returning with the biennial IMPACT Festival is the Help Us Make IMPACT! Crowdfunding Campaign. Over the course of the last 3 fundraisers, Waterloo Region’s supportive community of theatre goers has contributed $42,431 to help MT Space grow.
Pam Patel, the Artistic Director of MT Space, says, “Since 2009 the IMPACT Festival came a long way. Our vision when we first started IMPACT was that we wanted to bring these diverse narratives to a community that we love and work in.”
Since its inception in 2007, the IMPACT Festival has brought world class performances to the region at accessible venues and ticket prices ($20 per ticket, $10 for students & seniors). Funding is essential to maintaining the quality of the shows and the ticket price point.
One month after news broke about the initial funding shortfall, MT Space directors have come to a difficult decision. The Festival will be cutting 2 international productions and 1 national production from the program. Furthermore, the Festival is cutting MT Space’s very own production of AMAL to protect the quality of the Festival and to maintain a healthy budget.
Despite the cuts, IMPACT Festival will still be bringing 5 international productions, 6 national productions, and 6 local productions to Downtown Kitchener. The Festival will continue presenting the Neruda Party, in collaboration with Neruda Arts (September 28, TWH Social), as well as the three-day industry conference #Erasing_The_Margins (September 26-28, The Walper Hotel).
Majdi Bou-Matar, Artistic Director and founder of the IMPACT Festival, says the decision was difficult but necessary, “We are still bringing numerous productions that will activate spaces in Downtown Kitchener over 6 days and present works that hold a mirror against our humanity through the lens of feminism, identity, displacement, war, history, and reconciliation.”
“You will come out of the theatre still feeling the residue of these powerful, powerful stories.”
The 2019 IMPACT Festival brings together stories to make a community of difference. The international calibre and reach of the celebration also raises the artistic profile of Waterloo Region’s local productions and the arts and culture scene. IMPACT 19 takes place between September 24 – 29, at Downtown Kitchener.
About MT Space
MT Space (founded 2004, Kitchener) is a multicultural theatre company that creates, presents and tours challenging and powerful productions locally, nationally and internationally. Find out more at mtspace.ca or follow us on Facebook.
Alan Li, Marketing and Communications Coordinator
In The Media
Kitchener’s Impact Theatre Festival launches ‘vital’ crowdfunding campaign by Terry Pender, The Record, July 16 2019
Kitchener’s IMPACT 19 Seeks Crowdfunding to Help Cover Funding Cuts by Bill Jackson, Waterloo Chronicle, July 16 2019
Downtown Kitchener’s Impact19 Theatre Festival loses financial support from province’s Celebrate Ontario program by Terry Pender, The Record, June 11 2019