Chutzpah! Festival

Chutzpah! The Lisa Nemetz International Jewish Performing Arts Festival is the Lower Mainland's winter music, dance, comedy and theatre festival presenting international, national and local artists. The Chutzpah! Festival delivers audiences work that is forward-looking, multi-layered, and entertaining. The upcoming 2017 Festival will run from February 16 to March 13 at the Norman Rothstein Theatre and other venues in and around Vancouver. Also watch for our 2017 Chutzpah! PLUS shows including a special musical presentation featuring composer/pianist Landon Braverman on April 2 and a premiere dance presentation on May 13 and 14 featuring dancer/choreographer Rebecca Margolick and composer/guitarist Maxx Berkowitz. We’ll also continue our new Jewish Film Series in partnership with the Vancouver Jewish Film Centre.

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History of Chutzpah!

Chutzpah! The Lisa Nemetz Showcase of Jewish Performing Arts was established in 2001 and addresses the need for the community to support Jewish artists and their collaborators to create and perform meaningful work that voices and/or celebrates their individual concerns and speaks to the myriad of issues facing their community and beyond.

An endowment generously donated by the David Levi Family in 2001 to honour the memory of Lisa Nemetz, who was a dancer, a lawyer, a lover of the arts and a tireless advocate for the treatment and care of women with breast cancer, has allowed Chutzpah! to ignite the imagination of the community by an outstanding caliber of art seen each year.


Please contact Artistic Managing Director Mary-Louise Albert regarding proposals for the Chutzpah! Festival and other artistic programming.

Past Highlights

Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra
Idan Raichel Project
Sidra Bell Dance
Yemen Blues
Balkan Beat Box
Itai Erdal
Les Yeux Noirs
Alon Nash
Diwan Saz
Zvuloon Dub System
Shay Kuebler Radical System Art
Ester Rada
Serge Bennathan
Emily Molnar
Simone Orlando
Aszure Barton
Daniel Conrad
Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg
Boris Sichon
Kaeja d'Dance
Orchid Ensemble
Josh Epstein
Josh Drebit
And so many more...