A new home for
Whatcom County’s
performing arts


Sylvia Center is a new performing arts center in Bellingham, Washington. We provide affordable space for Whatcom County’s artists to rehearse, teach and perform, while also creating a central hub for arts audiences to discover and enjoy locally-created music, theater, and dance.

Learn more about our project in this video for our recently concluded Kickstarter campaign:

With your support, our Kickstarter campaign raised over $70,000 from nearly 600 backers in spring 2018 to help us open our ground floor facilities: a 150-seat main stage venue, the Lucas Hicks Theater; a 65-seat studio theater/rehearsal space; our entry lobby, which doubles as art gallery, box office, and bar; a second gallery/hang space; and new accessible restrooms.

We still have a lot of work ahead of us — your gift will help us continue construction and programming at the new arts center: donate today to help create a new home for locally-created performing arts in Whatcom County!


Wabi-Sabi Festival of Bad Theater | iDiOM Theater

Thu, September 20 @ 7:30 pm

Sometimes we make bad theater unintentionally — this time it’s on purpose! Three weekends of the best worst theater you can imagine, including stories about bad theater, cold readings, our 50th 48-Hour Theater Festival, and our second show from the iDiOM Archives: Sh*tty TED Talks!

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Bellingham SeaFeast Poetry & Concert | Bellingham SeaFeast

Fri, September 21 @ 6:00 pm11:00 pm

Celebrate Bellingham’s maritime sector through FisherPoet music, stories, poetry, artwork, and film at downtown venues on Friday, Sept. 21st.

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Choro das 3 | iDiOM Theater

Sat, September 22 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm

An acclaimed Brazilian instrumental folk music group on their U.S. tour. Sisters Corina (flute), Lia (7-string guitar) and Elisa (mandolin), along with their father Eduardo (tambourine), are the Choro das 3.

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Songs of the Salish Sea | The Wilds Band

Sat, September 22 @ 7:30 pm

The sound of The Wilds is “Folk Pop to Rock Your World” — the folk/blues of Holly’s slide dulcimer, mixed with Kevin’s hard-hitting cajon and congas, and lit up by rich vocal harmonies.

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THE SKRIKER, by Caryl Churchill | iDiOM Theater

Thu, October 11 @ 7:30 pm

The story of an ancient fairy who transforms into a plethora of objects and people as it pursues Lily and Josie, two teenage mothers whom it befriends, manipulates, seduces and entraps.

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WAITING FOR GODOT, by Samuel Beckett | iDiOM Theater

Thu, November 1 @ 7:30 pm

The second Main Stage Production in iDiOM Theater’s 2018–19 Season is Waiting for Godot, the 1953 play by Samuel Beckett considered the masterpiece of existentialism, which explores the fultility of man’s hope, to absurd results.

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