The New Emergent Studio Theatre (The Nest) is an intimate theatre space on the third floor of the Festival House at 1398 Cartwright St. It sits above the offices of the Vancouver Writers Fest, and is accessible by stairs or a single elevator.
During Festival Week, we have transformed this beloved space into a comfortable walk-in cinema, which will project streamed events at designated times throughout the week (check our Program Guide for more details). Join other patrons experiencing these streamed events together, and join in on live Q&As with authors including Francisco Goldman, Atticus Lish, Ruth Ozeki, Gary Barwin, Roy Jacobsen, Kathleen Winter, Cheryl Foggo, Karina Vernon, and many more!
Festival goers are admitted on a first-come-first-served basis. Currently, The Nest has a capacity of 50, with some seats reserved for our Digital Pass holders. Masks are required at all cinema screenings at The Nest. Please check our COVID safety guidelines for more information.
There is limited parking (accessible and otherwise) surrounding the building; spaces are available along Cartwright Street, to the right of the building, and in a nearby, underground parking lot.
You do not need a ticket to attend Cinema at the Nest. This venue is first come first served and there are no reservations. A projection of the streamed event will be viewable at this venue, not the live authors. Even if you plan to watch an event at The Nest you might want to book a ticket to the digital stream because ticketholders receive links to watch the events again for one week after the Festival.