The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is one of Vancouver’s signature events. Produced over three weeks each January, the PuSh Festival presents groundbreaking work in the live performing arts.
The PuSh Festival expands the horizons of Vancouver artists and audiences with work that is visionary, genre-bending, multi-disciplined, startling and original. The Festival showcases acclaimed international, Canadian and local artists and mixes them together with an alchemy that inspires audiences, rejuvenates artists, stimulates the industry and forges productive relationships around the globe.
The Festival is a broker of international partnerships, a meeting place for creative minds, a showcase of Canada’s best and an incubator of brilliant new work.
PuSh has been enthusiastically welcomed as a long-awaited breath of fresh air for Vancouver audiences and artists. Since its modest beginnings in 2003, the Festival has grown exponentially and now enjoys a highly regarded Canadian and international profile. An important animator of new creation, the Festival commissions groundbreaking work while stimulating dialogue and exchange.
PuSh was a major partner in the 2010 Cultural Olympiad. In 2011, together with the City of Vancouver, PuSh launched the official celebrations of the city’s 125th anniversary with an outdoor event in Gastown that drew over 7,000 people.
January 2012 marked the 8th installment of the PuSh Festival, which had over 160 performances and events in 14 performance venues over 19 days. Attendance was 23,376 with an average house capacity of 84% for performances, with 31 sellouts.
For more information on events and tickets check out the festival website.