The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival announced its 14th annual edition, taking place January 16 to February 4, 2018 at venues across Vancouver. Acclaimed artists from 11 countries will descend on the city for the three-week celebration of cutting-edge expression. From the intimate and immersive, to the monumental and spectacular, a myriad of transformative experiences are in store.

“The PuSh Festival attracts those seeking to come face-to-face with the moving, the startling and the visionary,” says Norman Armour, Artistic and Executive Director of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. “We aim to deliver this through the moment of live performance—but put equal weight on what audiences carry away with them long after the show is over. This year’s artists hold dear our particular historical moment and our collective place within it. Their voices resonate with the here and now; they cry out on the political, the social and the personal. Their vision addresses a need that feels more urgent than ever, asking us to take into account what we witness—to question our surroundings, to take stock of ourselves, our assumptions and our actions with courage and, ultimately, to view our shared humanity with greater understanding and compassion.”

Each year, PuSh Festival partners with international collaborators in artistic exchange. In 2018, the Festival features a Spotlight on Ireland, a suite of works from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. This captivating snapshot of the Emerald Isle and the creativity that springs from it is made possible by the support of Culture Ireland.

The 2018 PuSh Festival features 28 works, including 20 Main Stage shows. A snapshot of shows coming to PuSh this year include Canada's Frédérick Gravel with Some Hope for the Bastards featuring nine dancers and a rhythmic live score, Australia's Nicola Gunn with Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster, where she recalls a previous frustrating encounter in a foreign country, and MDLSX by Italy's Motus, an exploration of gender binaries and sexuality through dance. Films include Singing Chen's (Taiwan) The Walkers and Unplugged by England's Dickie Beau, among many others. Other artists from Mexico, USA, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Germany and Belgium are featured. 

Pick up your program guide at all JJ Bean Coffee Roasters and Choices Market locations. 

Listing Information

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

Dates:                                                 January 16–February 4, 2018

Ticket Prices:                                      PuSh Passes now on sale starting from $20

Location:                                             Various Vancouver Venues

Audience Services:                             604.449.6000/