BC Culture Days Celebrates 10 Years

From September 27 to 29, 2019 take part in Canada’s largest public celebration the nation’s arts & culture, BC Culture Days.  BC Culture Days has helped facilitate a host of free engaging activities and events taking place throughout the region over the three day event. The weekend of artistic expression explores the intersection of creativity, the arts, and well-being. Featuring painting, theatre, experimental performance art, literature, design, cinema, and beyond, BC Culture Days is a family-friendly weekend that builds community, encourages exploration and discovery, and celebrates creativity in all its forms. 

Drumming at Kamloops Edition of BC Culture Days, 2015. photo: Lori Jantz

“Creative expression is vital for the health and wellness of a community,” says BC Culture Days Manager Nazanin Shoja. “We are proud to shine a light on the essential role arts and culture plays across the province to boost community engagement, foster deeper social connections, and build an understanding and appreciation for the collective artistic experience. With hundreds of engaging and exciting community events taking place across British Columbia, I have no doubt there will be an event that will cater to every taste and interest, while encouraging exploration into new artistic ventures!” 

To help celebrate its 10th anniversary, BC Culture Days has selected 10 emerging artists from across the province to act as cultural ambassadors in their respective communities, encouraging participation and presenting innovative activities across a broad spectrum of disciplines — including painting, animation, carving, poetry, theatre, and dance — as part of the weekend festivities. The 2019 BC Culture Days ambassadors are Tiffany Blaise (Vancouver), Brock Gratz (Kelowna), Molly Gray (Fort Langley), Alyssa Harms-Wiebe (Vancouver), Mundia Kabunda (West Kelowna), Julian Legere (New Westminster), Sebastian Nicholson (Prince George), Olivier Salvas (Vancouver), Emily Shin (Richmond), and Dyana Sonik-Henderson (Victoria). The artists’ biographies are available at: culturedays.ca/bc/ambassadors.

Dancing at Port Moody edition of BC Culture Days, 2015. photo: Bob Homer

BC Culture Days will officially launch with a provincial kick-off event in Mission, BC on Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 1pm–3pm at the Heritage Park Centre. Mission: A Mosaic of Cultures will showcase a broad range of cultural activities by notable and emerging artists from the Mission community. Beginning with the official opening ceremony, including a welcome by a representative of the Leq’á:mel First Nation, the public is invited to participate and experience artist demos, hands-on arts and crafts, artist talks, storytelling, workshops, and samplings from Mission’s vibrant culinary scene.

During BC Culture Days weekend, visitors are welcomed to seek out, create, participate and share the wealth of cultural activities to be found all around the region; from Music at Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver, Claymaking in West Vancouver, Bellydancing in North Vancouver, Heritage bus tours around Burnaby, Art Demonstrations in New Westminster, Art In The Park in Coquitlam, and much, much more.   Visit culturedays.ca/bc to find out how to participate and for full details about all the events. 

PuSh Festival Debuts Its 15th Anniversary Program

This week, the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival launched its 2019 Festival Program, at a party at John Fluevog Shoes in Gastown. The 2019 Push Festival, January 17 to February 3 will mark the milestone 15th annual festival, bringing international performing arts to venues around Vancouver. Featuring 26 works from 24 companies from 13 countries — including six world premieres — this showcase of visionary collaboration and cutting-edge arts brings a welcome highlight to the winter culture season.

Lucy McCormick’s Triple Threat
Feb 2 –
Club Push at XY
Photo: The Other Richard

 “We launched in 2003 as a three-show series that drew 2,500 people to 21 performances at three Vancouver venues,” says Roxanne Duncan, PuSh Festival’s Interim Executive Director. “The inaugural festival opened a short two years later in 2005. Now as we prepare to celebrate our 15th anniversary, PuSh has welcomed more than 300,000 people to 366 productions from 30 countries.”

 Joyce Rosario, Interim Artistic Director of the PuSh Festival, adds: “Our programming ignites important, meaningful discussions about the world around us and is a reminder that we are a part of something bigger. The 15th anniversary holds personal significance to me. Not only does it mark the final iteration guided by the vision of Norman Armour, PuSh’s co-founder and former Artistic and Executive Director, but it’s also the sixth shaped by our collaboration together as a curatorial team. This year’s festival is the result of many such partnerships, amongst the intrepid team at PuSh and with our presentation partners — some of whom have been with us since the very beginning. In 2019, we bring audiences face-to-face with a broad range of thought-provoking works that subvert the dominant narrative by changing whose perspectives are centred.”

Kids by Liu Kuan-Hsiang
Jan 24-26 at Dance Centre
Photo: Etang Chen

The six world premiere performances will be presented by contemporary dance organization Company 605; boundary-breaking dance company MACHiNENOiSY; composer and musical director Joelysa Pankanea; Dora Award-winning dub poet and actor D’BI; the performers of Kimmortal & Immigrant Lessons; and Guatemalan performance artist Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa.

In addition to the world premieres, another 11 performances will be Canadian premieres, including a suite of three sound-based works from Japan by ASUNA, Marginal Consort, and Tetsuya Umeda; Dancenorth Australia featuring music from Indonesian band Senyawa; and a piece from Taiwanese choreographer Liu Kuan-Hsiang.

X Marks the Movement – Opening Night at The Beaumont Studios
Photo: Kimmortal & Immigrant Lessons

New for the 2019 season, Club PuSh, the home of the festival’s most edgy and experimental work,  will be located in multiple spaces across the city and home to Opening and Closing Night parties.

The PuSh Film Series at Vancity Theatre, presents movies perfectly paired to the program,  and PuSh Assembly will stimulate dialogue through free talks for the public and industry networking events.

To celebrate its 15th year, PuSh Festival is offering audiences a limited time offer of $15 tickets for 15 days. The 15x15x15 offer applies to the full festival program: 26 critically acclaimed works from different artistic disciplines. The 15X15X15 promotion is on now and November 30th so get your tickets at pushfestival.ca before they’re all gone.

PuSh Festival 2017 opens January 16

January 16th, the 2017 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival gets underway delivering three weeks of groundbreaking performing arts. The 13th edition of PuSh Festival, January 16 – February 5, 2017, brings cutting edge and creative performances to venues all around the city.

Opening with Macbeth by Third World Bunfight, from South Africa, at Vancouver Playhouse and closing with The City and The City from Up In The Air Theatre & The Only Animal. In between, 123 performances range from the operatic Macbeth, sexually charged dance in South Korea’s Oil Pressure Vibrator or Belgium’s Sweat Baby Sweat, the dramatic Arts Club Theatre coproduction of As I Lay Dying.  It’s not just stage productions at PuSh Festival either, take in the film series, learn with Industry talks and networking sessions, there’s plenty of talkback sessions and lecture. The caravan showcase is a collaboration with England’s Caravan Festival, bringing the best of British to PuSh.  There’s plenty of free sessions as well from all aspects of the festival too.

Single tickets are available now or to fully experience PuSh Festival get a four-show or six-show PuSh Pass

Check out pushfestival.ca now to find out more about the amazing shows coming to Vancouver soon.

PuSh Festival – L’immédiat

PushGuide_2015-11-09, 20 58 07The Push International Performing Arts Festival is always loaded with amazing performances and shows, L’immédiat is another one of these remarkable shows.

Presented as part of Push Festival’s Spotlight on France, the Camille Boitel’s Association Imme?diat show is an amazing piece of movement and performance.  Like the Marx Brothers meets a French circus, the slapstick mix of dance and pantomime cannot be described, you just need to see it.  Push Festival Artistic and Executive Director Norman Armour told the opening night audience that it has taken 3 years to get L’immédiat into the Push line-up and after playing at this year’s festival it returns to France for a couple of performances before being completely disbanded.

During last night’s opening performance, the audience was buzzing with energy after the laughter and excitement of the hour long show at Vancouver Playhouse. L’immédiat has two more performances, tonight and Saturday night at 8pm.  Buy a ticket now to see this one of a kind show.

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 2016 opens

PushFestPuSh International Performing Arts Festival is one of Vancouver’s premier events, bringing world-class live performing arts to the City for three weeks each January. The 2016 Festival kicked off Tuesday night with a gala party and an opening night performance of Inked & Murmur by the acclaimed Aakash Odedra dance company.

PushGuide_2015-11-09, 20 58 07Since its humble beginnings in 2003, PuSh Festival has been bringing together acclaimed international, Canadian and local artists to showcase their cutting-edge, creative works that stimulate and inspire each other as well as audiences. Now a well established part of the Vancouver’s winter, PuSh Festival brings light and excitement to the season, giving a good excuse to get out of the house.

Find intimate stage works, dance troupes from around the world, musical performances that stimulate your senses, then head to Club PuSh events at Fox Cabaret for the social hub of the festival with late night DJ, Dancing and mingling.
Concurrently, PuSh Assembly offers audiences a chance to interact with performers and insiders with series of panels, while the Film Series offers Free Films to compliment the live performing arts.

Running until February 7th, visit pushfestival.ca now to explore all that PuSh Festival has to offer during the next three weeks or pick up a PuSh Festival Guide and book your tickets now.

PuSh Festival 2015 Program Launch

PushFestEvery year, PuSh Festival brightens up the long, wet Vancouver winter with 3 weeks of arts, entertainment and culture.

Be the first to find out what is on the program for the 2015 PuSh Festival, at the PuSh Program Launch Party at The Fox Cabaret tonight.  The launch party signals the kick-off to the January 19th to February 9th, 2016 PuSh Festival.

At tonight’s launch, Artistic and Executive Director Norman Armour will reveal the 2016 PuSh Festival program and artist lineup. The evening will be hosted by local comedian Charlie Demers and features Vancouver musicians Geoff Berner, Veda Hille and Theatre Replacement.

During the Festival, The Fox Cabaret will be home to Club PuSh, the place to socialize with other festival goers and experience small-scale experimental shows.

Get tickets to the PuSh Festival 2015 Program Launch online now.


Make Music Vancouver 2015

makemusicWednesday evening, the streets of Gastown will once again be filled with the sounds of music. For the fourth year, Make Music Vancouver presents a day of music, hundreds of music acts, absolutely free!

The grass-roots volunteer run event shuts down Water Street in Vancouver and transforms the pavement into a series of stages and performance spaces.  Last year, over 150 acts took part and an estimated 25000 music lovers soaked in the diverse artistry of Vancouver’s music scene. From amateur to established artists, the performers volunteer their time to participate in the event.

Inspired by the French La Fête de la Musique, Make Music Vancouver is part of a global music event, with over 450 cities around the world participating.   Come out and be a part of the event from 5pm to 10pm all along Water Street in Gastown.  Performance stages are spaced throughout each block, acts change at the top of each hour so you’ll be constantly finding something new. Before you go, check out the Georgia Straight to enter to win a Helijet trip to Nanaimo.