2020 Living Things Festival Kelowna's International Arts Festival

What is Living Things?

In short, this is Kelowna’s International Arts Festival. It’s groundbreaking theatre, art, and performances that will leave you feeling exhilarated. These are the shows that get big cities buzzing… and they’re coming here.

Will you be there?

The Living Things Festival also features several events that are free or by donation. For a full list of events, visit the Living Things website.
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The Living Things Festival Pass is the best value in town. Passes can be used to redeem 1 or 2 tickets  for each of our 12 ticketed shows as indicated* and are just $130 or $95 for students. Families and groups of four can also snap up our $60 Family Pass for Jimmy Jones.

Seat booking for pass holders can be guaranteed in advance only - we cannot guarantee door availability or day of event availability. We encourage Festival Pass holders to book tickets as soon as possible to guarantee best selection.

HURRY Festival Passes are extremely limited!


Which shows are part of the Living Things Festival?

So glad you asked! Below is a list of the ticketed events for which you can use your Festival Pass to redeem tickets. Living Things also includes additional events which are free or by donation and you can find more details about those at livingthingsfestival.com.

When you purchase your Festival Pass, it allows your account to select one ticket per show (not multiple performances of the same show). You can redeem your show tickets online or in-person at the RCA Box Office!

January 17 & 18

Me Love Bingo

Part variety hour, part game night, part Pee Wee’s Playhouse. Me Love BINGO! takes the ol’ timey game of luck and amps it up to 11 with a different theme each time. Join your costume-clad host, Kyle Loven, and guest assistants from your community for a campy night of games, wacky prizes, sweet tunes and lots of surprises.

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January 21 & 22

The continuing story of Jimmy Jones and his heavenly truck

The January 21 show will be performed in English and the January 22 show will be performed in French.

In a mythical America, Jimmy Jones reveals the stories and disappointments of his father in the middle of cornfields and legends. Brought to the Living Things Festival by Théâtre de la Pire Espèce.

Created for audience members 12 years-old up.

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January 21

Objects in Motion, Part 1

Experimental. Independent.

An evening of short animated films presented as part of the Living Things Festival.

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January 22 & 23

My Dear Lewis

Innovative puppetry. Surreal visuals. The end of his world.
Lewis is at the end of his journey met with the task of looking back over a life lived. What unfolds is a pilgrimage made by his mind and body into the dark and dusty corners of memory. Puppetry, objects, video, and music unexpectedly combine in this one-person show.

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January 23 & 24

Ubu Sur La Table // Ubu On The Table

Performed in French on Jan. 23 and in English on Jan. 24.

Two armies of French baguettes face each other in a stand-off as tomato bombs explode, an egg beater hovers over fleeing troops and molasses-blood splatters on fork-soldiers as they charge Père Ubu. Anything goes as Poland’s fate is sealed on a tabletop! Multiple film references spice things up as two performers hammer-out a small-scale fresco of grandiose buffoonery.

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January 24 & 25

Find Your Own Inner Elder

This touching show portrays the connection between 4 generations in one family. This eventually leads to the creation of an Inner Elder… named Kookum Martha! That is when the laughter begins.

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January 25

Object Theatre Workshop

Students will discover the object’s expressive possibilities and will practice different manipulation techniques. They will then be asked to create short pieces using objects as characters or symbols, under the watchful eye of their instructors.

Students 16 years of age and older (or with permission) will perform their new work at the 2020 Puppet Slam later that night, at 10 PM on January 25.

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January 25

Puppet Slam

An evening of professional and amateur performers doing unusual things with objects…

Underground puppet slams are popping up everywhere. They feature contemporary short-form puppet and object theater for adult audiences, often late at night in small venues, nightclubs, and art spaces.

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January 28

Objects in Motion, Part 2

An evening of short animated films. Experimental. Independent.

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January 29

Sounds Like Things

An experimental concert event that breaks musical boundaries, opens minds, and challenges listeners to hear in new ways.

This daringly creative event will bring together local jazz, classical, and avant-garde musicians and performers to create new and unexpected sounds in an intimate setting.

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January 30 & 31


A journey through the last 20 years of Korean history told by a bunch of talkative rice cookers.

In bittersweet and humorous dialogues, Jaha and his clever rice cookers take you on a journey through the last 20 years of Korean history, combining personal experience with political events and reflections on happiness, economic crises and death.

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February 1 & 2

Figures in Motion

An evening of dance, celebrating figures in motion. Three unique works will be presented as part of Figures in Motion, presented together as part of the Living Things Festival.

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