Bastards dance, Birdman drums, Ghetto Blaster confronts at Vancouver’s 2018 PuSh Festival

An image from Eternal Tides, one performance only at the 2018 PuSh Festival.

Earlier this week, the 2018 PuSh Festival schedule was announced. As always, there’s a plethora of international talent coming to town, presenting shows that range from dance to theatre to movies with live musical accompaniment.

Below are some of our picks for the performing arts festival, which runs Jan 16-Feb. 4 at various venues in downtown Vancouver. (Click on titles to view trailers.) Tickets are on sale now.

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Bastards dance, Birdman drums, Ghetto Blaster confronts at Vancouver’s 2018 PuSh Festival

Check out a person at Vancouver’s “Human Library” this January

Photo credit: orientalgateway | Wikipedia

Photo credit: orientalgateway | Wikipedia

The Vancouver Public Library is about to get some interesting new additions to its collection.

30 “human books” will be coming to the library as part of the 2016 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Jan. 23-Feb. 7. Just what is a human book? It’s a real, live person that you check out and chat face-to-face with for about 20 minutes. And from the titles, these human books sound like real page-turners. People “on loan” this year range from “Drag King” to “8-year-old inventor.”

Inspiration for the event comes from Copenhagen, Denmark, where the first Human Library was launched in 2000 as a way to fight stereotypes and promote dialogue in the community. Human books typically represent stigmatized or marginalized groups of people – religious minorities, sexual minorities and others exposed to misconceptions and prejudice. Continue reading:
Check out a person at Vancouver’s “Human Library” this January

Ambitious new project looks at fictional boomtown, launches Feb 1 at Club PuSh in Vancouver

Photo courtesy Anvil Press.

Photo courtesy Anvil Press.

The end of the PuSh Festival is just over a week away – so you still have a chance to see some extraordinary performance art and interdisciplinary shows.

One of these is a combination book launch and musical performance, and it happens this Sunday (Feb. 1) at Club PuSh.

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Ambitious new project looks at fictional boomtown, launches Feb 1 at Club PuSh in Vancouver

Life’s an Open Book at the Human Library in Vancouver

Image courtesy of Liesbeth Bernaerts | Pushfestival.ca

Image courtesy of Liesbeth Bernaerts | PuShfestival.ca

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is always one to break boundaries and open your eyes to exciting new elements of art and performance. This is especially true with the return of the Human Library to the Vancouver Public Library from January 23 until February 8, 2015.

Back by overwhelming demand to the PuSh Festival for a third year, Human Library continues to lure Vancouverites with its simple, novel and compelling premise: borrow a book, discover a life.

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Life’s an Open Book at the Human Library in Vancouver

See Vancouver dance at the 2015 PuSh Festival Vancouver

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Sequence 8. Yann Boyenval photo.

Vancouverites will strut their stuff at this year’s PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.

The 2015 PuSh kicks off today (Jan. 20) and runs until Feb. 8. The festival has it all – theatre, dance, film and music – from professional performers and companies. However, two special free afternoon performances this Saturday (Jan 24) shine the spotlight on local amateurs as dozens of Vancouverites take part in a special choreographed dance.

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Chinese New Year | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Celebrate the lunar calendar with Chinese New Year (January 31-February 15), the last of Dine Out Vancouver Festival, Romeo + Juliet, hot chocolate and more!  Check out this special edition of our top picks for events happening around Metro Vancouver this Thursday through Sunday!

 

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Check Out a Human Book from the Vancouver Public Library

Photo credit: christianyves | Flickr

Photo credit: christianyves | Flickr

Interested in learning more about the lives of ex cons, sex therapists or born-again Christians? The Vancouver Public Library has the “book” for you.

As part of this year’s PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (Jan. 14-Feb. 2), the library will be loaning out dozens of “human books.”  Visitors can check out everyone from a recovering hoarder to a male nanny and female heavy equipment operator, then sit down for an in-depth one-on-one conversation.

Presented for the first time in Vancouver at last year’s PuSh, the Human Library project is intended to give people the opportunity to talk with members of groups that are traditionally marginalized or misunderstood. Inspiration for the event comes from Copenhagen, Denmark, where the first Human Library was launched in 2000 as a way to fight stereotypes and promote dialogue in the community.

On select days during the festival, visitors to the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch can head to a special circulation desk on the third floor and peruse the human titles available. Continue reading:
Check Out a Human Book from the Vancouver Public Library