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!


A CHRISTMAS CAROL, by Charles Dickens | iDiOM Theater

Thu, December 20 @ 7:30 pm

This December, we revive one of iDiOM Theater’s most popular shows ever, a three-actor telling of A Christmas Carol, which attempts to make peace with Christmas, Charles Dickens, the British Empire, ham, and the world at large.

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A Very Subdued Christmas | Robt Sarazin Blake

Sun, December 23 @ 6:00 pm

With special guest Grace Gouran, Robt Sarazin Blake reprises this collection of songs and stories all relating to with the holiday season, including a recitation of Dylan Thomas’ prose piece, A Child’s Christmas in Wales.

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NYE Soiree: Private Dinner! | Sylvia Center for the Arts

Mon, December 31 @ 6:30 pm8:00 pm

Join us at Bellingham Cider Company at 6:30pm on Monday, December 31, for an exclusive, private dinner preceding our New Year’s Eve Soirée!

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New Year’s Eve Soirée | Sylvia Center for the Arts

Mon, December 31 @ 8:00 pm

Our 2nd Annual Benefit Bash is held this year at Sylvia Center for the Arts. Enjoy a truly unique night out, including auctions, casino games, live music, martinis, raffles, awards, and more mysteries than a Murder, She Wrote marathon, all while supporting Sylvia Center!

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Community Concert: Anna Tivel & Jeffrey Martin |

Wed, January 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Portland singer-songwriters Anna Tivel and Jeffrey Martin bring their songs to life with poetic magic that describes events, characters, emotions, and the world around them.

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How Sweet the Sound | Bellingham TheatreWorks

Fri, January 4, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Three girls live in a strange but orderly home, cared for by two kindly adults. Isolated from society, the girls only have each other as they begin to unravel the mysteries of their circumstance, and unknowingly hurtle toward their dark destinies. Bellingham TheatreWorks presents this magical world premiere, written by Eryn Elyse McVay and directed by Mark Kuntz.

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Community Concert: Frankie Gavin, Master Irish Fiddler | Bellingham Folk School

Fri, February 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Frankie has been playing fiddle and flute since his teenage years. At the age of 17, he won two all-Ireland competitions, for fiddle and flute. The name Frankie Gavin is also synonymous with De Dannan, the globally renowned band he founded in the mid-1970s.

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Community Concert: Genticorum | Bellingham Folk School

Tue, February 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Over the past 18 years the trad Quebec group Genticorum has become a fixture on the international world, trad, folk and Celtic music circuit. Firmly rooted in the soil of their native land, the energetic and original traditional ‘power trio’ also incorporates the dynamism of today’s North American and European folk cultures in their music.

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Community Concert: Ímar | Bellingham Folk School

Tue, March 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

A new Glasgow, Scotland-based five-piece folk group, which includes an outstanding array of talent with members from some bands that are household names, including Mànran, RURA, Talisk, Barrule, Cara, Mabon and The Lowground.

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