SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs (SFUW) engages with leading edge artists in dance, theatre, cinema, music and digital arts; provoking new practices and approaches reflecting the everchanging landscape of contemporary arts. 

Create- SFUW commissions and co-presents select projects on an annual basis.

Engage- SFUW works with over 25 professional cultural partners representing diverse communities across the Lower Mainland.

Inspire- Working with leading artists, locally and internationally. SFUW aspires to find new artistic expresssions capturing contemporary voices in our society. 

Upcoming Events:

2023 RSA Summer Intensive
The RSA Summer Intensive returns to SFU! Learn company movement theory, repertoire and creative tools from Artistic Director Shay Kuebler. Thursday, July 6 - Saturday, July 8th: 10am-4pm

A shimmering, whirling ode to the rites and rituals of women, Nova Bhattacharya’s latest work Svāhā!celebrates the cathartic power of performance to unite people in laughter, beauty and shared joy. July 14 & 15, 2023 | 8pm

The Queen of Carthage, a new performance opera co-produced by Early Music Vancouver and re:Naissance Opera, is a seamless blend of Baroque and contemporary song and dance.Thursday, July 27, 2023 | 8:00 p.m.

Inverso is thrilled to offer Inverso Summer Intensive co-presented by SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs in association with SFU School for the Contemporary Arts. This intensive will focus on deepening each individual’s personal artistic development through dance. August 14-18, 2023


Since our inception, in 2010 SFUW continues to commission, produce, and present over 200 events per year.

Commissions- SFUW engages leading artists with new their new creations a minimum of two years in advance.

Produces- Residencies, developmental workshops, and artistics incubations are critical aspects of the process. Through access to our venues, artists are permitted an artistic the necessary tools to further their creations. 

Presents- SFUW presents in partnership with over 25 professional cultural community partners, reflecting diversity and inclusivity of the Lower Mainland. 

Support us

Originality requires great talent, experimenting, research and time. SFUW works within a very modest budget. Our patrons often comment that we hit far above our weight. Our practice is to stretch a dollar tenfold. This approach is crucial to the success of our process. With this discipline there is still a gap. Please help support these visionaries to provoke and inspire new worlds to bring greater clarity and beauty to our lives.


By supporting professional activities through partnerships, SFUW engages multiple cultural communities including our immediate inner-city community where we work. The SFUW partnership portfolio is our largest undertaking built on recurring relationships since our beginnings in 2010. Most of our presentations are Vancouver based given the outstanding qualities of our GCA venues. SFUW will begin cross locating many of these partnerships to our Burnaby and Surrey Campuses as the university embraces a greater role for arts and culture to further enhance the student experience.

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