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Vancouver's PuSh - International Performing Arts Festival

abstract:The International Performing Arts Festival - PuSh in Vancouver starts Jan 15 and goes to Feb 3rd. 2013. This event started in 2003 making this its tenth year. A decade of continuous run is an accomplishment in itself and speaks to the larger role the festival plays in curating creative artists' works, mentoring and promoting local talent and staging new productions. The public gets to choose from over 160 different performances with events in 14 different venues and sites over the three week period. So there is a chance to take in trend-setting, multidisciplinary work on almost every day of the week. Some of the titled works: Fictions, Ride the Cyclone, A Crack In Everything and our personal favourite - The Human LIbrary, where members of the community with eclectic backgrounds and life experiences are available to "take out and read" with their life story and perspective.

Enter the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch and head up to the third floor where a special PuSh Festival circulation desk will register you with your own Human Library card and offer to lend you one of thirty possible human books. In choosing from titles like “Drag Queen,” “Occupy Activist,” and “Refugee” you’ll sign one out and be connected to the person behind that title. A one-on-one informal conversation will begin and the rest is up to you.

The goal to become Canada's leading arts festival seems to have been realized. Congratulations PuSh!


January 21, 2013



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