10th Anniversary

Pushing artistic boundaries is not only the PuSh Festival’s reason for being, we believe it’s ultimately what the performing arts are all about. Because when you cross that line between safe and risky, sometimes amazing things can happen. We’re just glad that for 10 years now, they could all happen with you.

Read, comment  and share our 10th anniversary stories–they’re your stories too.

Kiss the Rabbit: Celebrating 10 Years of the PuSh Festival

Posted by on June 5, 2014
Focusing on one thing for more than 10 minutes a day can prove difficult for the best of us today. Focusing on one three-week event, once a year for ten years is a labour of […]
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Thank You for Stepping Forward!

Posted by on May 8, 2014
PuSh donors have done it again! Patrons Circle donors have generously stepped forward to give more than $21,000 for our 2014 Spring Campaign! We are deeply grateful to all our dedicated and committed donors who […]
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PuSh at 10: Thoughts From Dave Deveau

Posted by on March 17, 2014
Leading up to our 10th Anniversary Festival, PuSh asked those near and dear to provide a little insight into their PuSh experience and what the Festival has meant to them. It’s a moment to reflect […]
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“Step Forward”: 10th Anniversary PuSh Festival Opening Speech from Norman Armour

Posted by on March 6, 2014
An overwhelming number of people have requested the inspiring “Step Froward” speech Norman Armour, PuSh Festival’s Artistic & Executive Director gave at the PuSh Festival’s 10th Anniversary Gala Performance of Super Night Shot, at the Vancouver […]
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PuSh at 10: Thoughts From Ellie O’Day

Posted by on March 6, 2014
Leading up to our 10th Anniversary Festival, PuSh asked those near and dear to provide a little insight into their PuSh experience and what the Festival has meant to them. It’s a moment to reflect […]
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Meet the #PuShing10 Contest Winners…

Posted by on March 6, 2014
We’re pleased the reveal the winners of our #PuShing10 John Fluevog Shoes social media contest! First prize was a $250 John Fluevog Shoes gift voucher to ensure you’re crossing the line in style! Two finalists also […]
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PuSh Festival Celebrates 10 Years of Crossing the Line

Posted by on February 6, 2014
The 10th Anniversary PuSh International Performing Arts Festival took place in Vancouver from January 14 to February 2, 2014. Building on a decade of growth and achievement, the 10th annual edition of the Festival was […]
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PuSh Donors Step Forward With Over $25,000 in Three Weeks

Posted by on February 6, 2014
The 10th Anniversary PuSh Festival saw a tremendous swelling of support for PuSh’s mission to engage and enrich Vancouver audiences with adventurous contemporary works in the spirit of innovation and dialogue. Not only was there […]
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10 Years of Crossing the Line: PuSh Festival Audience Memories From Colleen Lanki

Posted by on January 31, 2014
The 10th Anniversary PuSh Festival is currently in full swing as one of the most talked about events in Vancouver this winter. Over the past ten years, PuSh has cultivated a dedicated local community of […]
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10 years of crossing the line: PuSh Festival audience memories from Daniel Martin

Posted by on January 31, 2014
The 10th Anniversary PuSh Festival is currently in full swing as one of the most talked about events in Vancouver this winter. Over the past ten years, PuSh has cultivated a dedicated local community of […]
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Understanding Human Library

Posted by on January 31, 2014
What is the Human Library? Human Library is an experiential work that began in Denmark in 2001 when a small collective of individuals created this project to break down prejudice and promote dialogue, following a […]
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The Slippery In-Between

Posted by on January 30, 2014
On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival commissioned Placemaking: A Decade in the City, a collection of essays from artists and writers to explore the Festival’s ‘place’ in the […]
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Highlights from the first PuSh Youth Academy

Posted by on January 30, 2014
This year PuSh launched its first fully-rounded youth program; offering the PuSh Youth Passport to youth 16-24 years old, to enable their access to select PuSh shows for only $5; and the return of the […]
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Walks with Espresso

Posted by on January 30, 2014
On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival commissioned Placemaking: A Decade in the City, a collection of essays from artists and writers to explore the Festival’s ‘place’ in the […]
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About Commemorations: Ideas Around 
A Civic Festival


Posted by on January 30, 2014
On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival commissioned Placemaking: A Decade in the City, a collection of essays from artists and writers to explore the Festival’s ‘place’ in the […]
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Performance and Place: The Matter of PuSh

Posted by on January 29, 2014
On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival commissioned Placemaking: A Decade in the City, a collection of essays from artists and writers to explore the Festival’s ‘place’ in the […]
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Ten Blocks: Small Notes on the Public Imaginary

Posted by on January 29, 2014
On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival commissioned Placemaking: A Decade in the City, a collection of essays from artists and writers to explore the Festival’s ‘place’ in the […]
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Sponsor Spotlight—Kronenbourg 1664

Posted by on January 28, 2014
The PuSh Festival is proud to be celebrating its third year of partnership with Kronenbourg 1664 at Club PuSh 2014. We love Kronenbourg 1664 because of how well it fits with the Club vibe. For […]
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Curatorial Statement – Usually Beauty Fails

Posted by on January 28, 2014
Curatorially speaking, Usually Beauty Fails captures the contemporary exploration of dance, theatre and music working side-by-side. With this show these disciplines intersect, collide, almost seemingly inside of one another. Most interestingly, how each art form provokes […]
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Donors step forward in style at Fluevog Patrons Circle event

Posted by on January 28, 2014
PuSh was thrilled to be hosted and feted by the wonderful folks at John Fluevog Shoes in Gastown last weekend. After attending Festival performances, audience members, artists and Festival staff and contractors celebrated the end […]
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Curatorial Statement: Week 3 at Club PuSh

Posted by on January 27, 2014
“Huff is the most affecting piece of theatre I’ve seen in the last decade.” High praise in a CBC interview with our friend and colleague Eric Epstein, who programmed Cliff Cardinal’s play at the Yukon […]
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First look at week 3 from the curatorial department

Posted by on January 27, 2014
We’re into the home stretch, the culmination of PuSh’s 10th aniversary edition. All of us here at the PuSh office have analogies to describe how we experience the Festival from the inside. Norman has described […]
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10 years of crossing the line – 2005 PuSh Festival: Year One

Posted by on January 23, 2014
In 2005 Canada introduced the Civil Marriage Act, making Canada the fourth country to sanction same-sex marriage. The 2004-2005 National Hockey League was in lockout, and Larry Campbell was the 37th Mayor of Vancouver. Something else […]
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Curatorial Statement – Mixtape with Gabriel Kahane & Timo Andres

Posted by on January 22, 2014
A couple of years ago, Gabriel Kahane, Timo Andres, and I had dinner in New York to hatch plans for each of them to make music in Vancouver. Gabe had played for Music on Main […]
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Curatorial Statement – The Quiet Volume

Posted by on January 22, 2014
I have a confession to make. Until the preparation for The Quiet Volume, I hadn’t borrowed a book from the library for 10 years. I discovered this two weeks ago when I was doing a […]
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10 Things to Know About Night by Human Cargo

Posted by on January 22, 2014
Night is a cross-cultural theatre work originally produced by the National Arts Centre (its first collaboration with a northern arts organization). Since its premiere in 2010 in Ottawa, the Human Cargo production has toured across […]
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Origins of the PuSh Young Ambassadors Program: an interview with Dani Fecko

Posted by on January 20, 2014
Joyce Rosario, PuSh Festival’s Associate Curator and coordinator of the 2014 Young Ambassadors program speaks to her predecessor, Dani Fecko, now Managing Producer of Boca del Lupo, and founder of PuSh Festival’s Young Ambassadors program. The Young […]
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Curatorial Statement – Heather Redfern of The Cultch on ONE

Posted by on January 18, 2014
Curating a season is always a balancing act at The Cultch. We want to appeal to as diverse an audience as possible and I am always trying to reach as broad a community as I […]
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10 years of crossing the line: PuSh Festival audience memories from Sarah Hayward

Posted by on January 17, 2014
The 10th Anniversary PuSh Festival is currently in full swing as one of the most talked about events in Vancouver this winter. Over the past ten years, PuSh has cultivated a dedicated local community of […]
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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: GEORGIA STRAIGHT

Posted by on January 15, 2014
The Georgia Straight has never been more intrinsic to the lives of Vancouverites than it is today. It is the most read publication in Vancouver, bar none, and the most read free paper in Metro […]
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Bright Young Things: Meet the Young Ambassadors of the 2014 PuSh Festival

Posted by on January 14, 2014
I’m very excited to introduce you all to this year’s Young Ambassador cohort. It’s been such a pleasure to work with everyone and to be inspired by their energy and enthusiasm. Welcome to the next […]
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Cross the line with us to WIN a Fluevog prize

Posted by on January 13, 2014
PuSh Festival and John Fluevog Shoes (presentation partner of Gob Squad’s Kitchen) are pairing up and want you to cross the line with us in style. To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we’re stepping up your online love in a […]
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PuSh Festival Receives TELUS Optik Local Community Programming Grant

Posted by on January 9, 2014
The Push International Performing Arts Festival is the proud recipient of an Optik Local programming grant from TELUS. The funds will support the production of a documentary film commemorating PuSh’s 10th Anniversary and the occasion […]
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First look at week 2 from the curatorial department

Posted by on January 9, 2014
There’s just so much to look forward to during the 2014 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival! It seems like only yesterday I wrote the week one of PuSh Festival round-up, and already we are only FIVE […]
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The seven day countdown to the 2014 PuSh Festival BEGINS!

Posted by on January 7, 2014
We’re now into the seven day countdown until the 2014 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival begins! At this point leading up to the 2014 Festival, everyone has fully shifted into production mode, including the curatorial department. Its all […]
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PuSh Festival Receives TELUS Optik Local Community Programming Grant

Posted by on January 6, 2014
For immediate release: January 6, 2014 The Push International Performing Arts Festival is the proud recipient of an Optik Local programming grant from TELUS. The funds will support the production of a documentary film commemorating […]
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PUSH AT 10: THOUGHTS FROM JANE HEYMAN

Posted by on January 1, 2014
Leading up to our 10th Anniversary Festival, PuSh has asked those near and dear to provide a little insight into their PuSh experience and what the Festival has meant to them. It’s moment to reflect […]
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Curatorial Statement – Norman Armour on Have I No Mouth

Posted by on January 1, 2014
Have I No Mouth is a first for the PuSh Festival. But it’s not a first to be proud of: it’s rather embarrassing, and actually long, long overdue. It’s the first time we’ve had a […]
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Curatorial Statement – Norman Armour on Nanook of the North

Posted by on January 1, 2014
There are some projects that simply capture your imagination and seize it immediately at first hearing. Nanook of the North with a live score featuring Tanya Tagaq was just that. Take Robert Flaherty’s problematic (arguably […]
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Curatorial Statement – Tim Carlson on Ryeberg Live

Posted by on December 26, 2013
One hundred hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. Over six billion hours of video are watched each month—reflecting almost an hour for each human in the global population. And that’s up 50% […]
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Curatorial Statement – Joyce Rosario on Inheritor Album

Posted by on December 26, 2013
We are on the verge of leaving 2013 behind. Many of us are taking stock of the past year, how we’ve succeeded and failed, what we’ve accomplished or not, and how we might resolve to […]
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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: EARNEST ICE CREAM

Posted by on December 26, 2013
The PuSh Festival is so proud to introduce one of our newest corporate partners – Earnest Ice Cream. Ben and Erica (the masterminds behind Earnest) feel the same way about ice cream as we here at […]
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PUSH AT 10: THOUGHTS FROM PETER DICKINSON

Posted by on December 26, 2013
Leading up to our 10th Anniversary Festival, PuSh has asked those near and dear to provide a little insight into their PuSh experience and what the Festival has meant to them. It’s a moment to […]
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PUSH AT 10: THOUGHTS FROM DANI FECKO

Posted by on December 23, 2013
Leading up to our 10th Anniversary Festival, PuSh has asked those near and dear to provide a little insight into their PuSh experience and what the Festival has meant to them. It’s moment to reflect […]
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Curatorial Statement – Fiona Black on Antonio Zambujo

Posted by on December 22, 2013
Fado is a style of music completely unique to Portugal. It has been described as the Portuguese form of the blues but that is selling it short. It has drama, tragedy, majesty, playfulness and sadness and even […]
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Curatorial Statement – Fiona Black on Krar Collective

Posted by on December 22, 2013
Ethiopia is considered the cradle of civilization and the most ancient place of human existence on earth. It is an African country ravaged by famine, disease and much hardship as well as being characterized by its […]
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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – SUMMERHILL PYRAMID WINERY

Posted by on December 18, 2013
The PuSh Festival is very excited to introduce one of its new partners for the 2014 Festival — Summerhill Pyramid Winery. Summerhill is proud to produce 100% organic wines, with its Kelowna vineyard having received […]
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Curatorial Statement – Bill Millerd on A Brimful of Asha

Posted by on December 17, 2013
PuSh at 10 A celebration is in order for the PuSh Festival, which is celebrating its 10th year of presenting international performing arts companies, as well as work from elsewhere in Canada that we wouldn’t […]
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MARGO HARPER’S MEMORIES OF HOSTING A TABLE AT CLUB PUSH

Posted by on December 17, 2013
It’s the time of year when thoughts turn not only to Santa and home for the holidays but beyond to January and the question of how to manage our Festival schedules. For those of us […]
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Curatorial Statement – Norman Armour on Gob Squad’s Kitchen

Posted by on December 17, 2013
I have from time to time attended multiple performances of a given work. Sometimes, I have done it simply for the pleasure of taking in a play or dance piece a second time. Many years […]
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CURATORIAL STATEMENT – GLENN ALTEEN ON PUSH ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE RABIH MROUE

Posted by on December 16, 2013
Since first seeing documentation of Rabih Mroué’s work in Beirut at Ashkal Alwan in 2007 I have followed his career with great interest. I watched videos of Looking for a Missing Employee and Three Posters, his collaboration with […]
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CURATORIAL STATEMENT – JOYCE HINTON ON DANSE LHASA DANSE

Posted by on December 12, 2013
Many months ago, former Senior Curator for the PuSh Festival Sherrie Johnson first brought the beautiful performance Danse Lhasa Danse to my attention. I was instantly intrigued as I had long been a huge fan […]
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First look at week 1 from the curatorial department

Posted by on December 11, 2013
Here at the PuSh Festival office, it’s not about a countdown to Christmas. It’s less than five weeks away to the start of the 10th Anniversary Festival. PuSh Pass sales are going swiftly (get ‘em […]
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Curatorial Statement – Vanessa Kwan on FUSE

Posted by on December 9, 2013
The PuSh Festival and the Vancouver Art Gallery have been working together, in some form or another, for the last four years (Sometimes I Think, I Can See You, 2013; Guided Tour, 2012; Tanya Tagaq, 2011). It […]
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Curatorial Statement – Craig Holzschuh on The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi

Posted by on December 9, 2013
The first time I saw The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi in 1999 as part of Théâtre la Seizième’s season, actor Jean-Louis Millette performed this one person play with such virtuosity that I could not see myself ever seeing anyone […]
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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: EMELLE’S CATERING

Posted by on December 4, 2013
At the PuSh Festival, we’re extremely fortunate to form partnerships with other organizations that share our values. Emelle’s Catering, PuSh’s Official Catering Partner for four years now, is one of those. As you’ll see from […]
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TUCKED & PLUCKED AT CLUB PUSH

Posted by on December 4, 2013
Ever wondered where drag queens came from? Tucked and Plucked unearths the history of the drag movement in Vancouver. Following the rise of drag culture alongside—and often directly impacting—the queer rights movement, this glamorous and outrageous talk […]
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CURATORIAL STATEMENT – KATRINA DUNN ON NIGHT

Posted by on December 4, 2013
Canadian plays should run the gamut of our country’s experience, but so often they are confined to specific cultural groups in a few urban centres.  What I love about Human Cargo’s Night is that it […]
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Curatorial Statement – Nigel Prince on WHO KNOWS

Posted by on December 4, 2013
Arguably best known for his work with Forced Entertainment, Tim Etchells has developed his own practice as an artist outside of their ground-breaking performances; his solo work diverse, moving from a base in performance into […]
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Creating greater access to the arts for Vancouver youth

Posted by on November 28, 2013
In 2014 the PuSh Festival is launching a new pilot Youth Program for 16- to 24-year olds that creates greater access to the arts in Vancouver. We had a chat with Dave Deveau, Youth Program […]
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Curatorial Statement – L.A. Party/An Evening with William Shatner Asterisk

Posted by on November 20, 2013
There is an informal policy where I work. It’s something of a caveat. You won’t find it written down anywhere. It’s not in the PuSh Festival Society’s constitution, nor is it in the bylaws, or […]
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Curatorial Statement – Veda Hille on week one of Club PuSh

Posted by on November 14, 2013
We’ve had many conversations in our curatorial meetings about what kind of music is right for Club PuSh. Should it be dangerously avant-garde or really fun to dance to? Musicians that everyone knows, or that […]
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Curatorial Statement — Super Night Shot: “What does one open the 10th anniversary PuSh Festival with?”

Posted by on November 14, 2013
It’s not an easy question: What does one open the 10th anniversary PuSh Festival with? Do we bring back a show, an audience favourite, a particularly memorable or provocative piece? Perhaps we present a treasured […]
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Human Library pops up in Vancouver as satellites

Posted by on November 14, 2013
You sift through titles. One piques your interest. You sign it out from the library. Only this book is much longer and more complex than a few hundred pages – it’s living, breathing and it’s […]
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10th Anniversary Launch Party Fundraiser – A HUGE SUCCESS!

Posted by on November 7, 2013
What a fantastic evening! PuSh was proud to launch it’s 10th Anniversary Festival Program with a bang last night. Beginning with a pre-reception with refreshments from Festival partners Emelle’s Catering, Kronenbourg 1664 and Summerhill Pyramid […]
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10th Anniversary Welcome: A persistence of vision

Posted by on November 7, 2013
Back in the early naughts, PuSh was an impulse both simple and far-reaching. A bold and original mid-winter, international festival was envisioned as a much-needed platform for creating a “new context” for the performing arts here […]
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2014 PuSh Festival curatorial statement from the Associate Curator

Posted by on November 7, 2013
“That was living.” That was the comment an audience member told to a dancer/choreographer after a recent performance. “Did you say ‘living’?” I asked. “Yes,” she replied, “Living… I was just so in the moment.” Live. Living. […]
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Silent auction deals at the 10th Anniversary PuSh Festival Launch Party

Posted by on October 29, 2013
What better way to support the PuSh Festival’s amazing 10th Anniversary AND get yourself some EXCEPTIONAL DEALS on some amazing arts and entertainment experiences in and around Vancouver, than by attending PuSh’s 10th Anniversary Launch […]
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Rock out at the 10th Anniversary Festival Launch Party

Posted by on October 28, 2013
Presented by Where can you see amazing Vancouver musicians covering their favourite fellow local songsmiths and get an official sneak peek at the PuSh Festival’s 10th Anniversary Festival lineup? At the 2014 PuSh Festival Launch […]
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10 Things to Love About the Upcoming 10th Anniversary Push Festival Launch Party

Posted by on October 28, 2013
There are only 10 DAYS until we launch our 10th Anniversary PuSh Festival program and tickets! To celebrate, we’re counting down 10 Things to Love about the upcoming 10th Anniversary PuSh Festival Launch Party: #10. It’s […]
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PuSh People: Volunteer Coordinator, Alba Calvo’s Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer in 2014

Posted by on October 28, 2013
Usually, when the PuSh Festival welcome wagon rolls around we post a simple but warm and friendly profile on our new PuSh family members. This time, in the spirit of celebrating our 10th Anniversary PuSh […]
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2014 PuSh Festival Launch Party In Support of the 10th Anniversary Festival

Posted by on October 23, 2013
For immediate release: October 23, 2013 The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival will reveal its 10th Anniversary programming and events at the Festival Launch Party on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 7pm at The Imperial […]
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