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2013 Push Festival (Vancouver, BC) The PuSh Festival returns to Vancouver, BC.

The 2013 PuSh Festival, a signature winter performing arts event in Vancouver, BC, returns for its ninth season January 15 through February 3 at venues all across the city.

Vancouver is one of British Columbia’s primary cultural centers. Groundbreaking productions and performances are the hallmark of this festival, so come with an open mind to experience international, regional and Vancouver artists presenting cutting edge displays that bend genres, blend disciplines and offer unique artistic visions.  In addition to the live performances, attendees and artists alike can also enjoy the film festival, artist talks, an opening gala, and much more.

Attendance for the 2012 season was 23,376 with 4 of 5 seats sold on average and 31 sellouts, so it is recommended that you purchase your tickets and make your Vancouver BC lodging plans now.  To make the most of your stay in Vancouver, we recommend our member bed and breakfast inns.

PuSh Performances & Presentations Will Fill Vancouver’s Best Arts Venues

16 event venues all across Vancouver will host the hundreds of performers and dozens of productions and exhibitions of this year’s PuSh festival.

There are dozens of productions and exhibitions to experience at this year’s PuSh festival.  A few highlights of this year’s lineup include:

Ride the Cyclone

Granville Island Stage
January 17 – February 16, 2013
Mon & Tue 7:30 PM | Wed–Sat 8:00 PM
Matinee Wed & Sat 2:00 PM
No show Sun

Atomic Vaudeville of Victoria presents the darkly humorous musical about the members of a Uranium, Saskatchewan high school chamber choir who perish in a roller coaster accident and are brought back to life by the Amazing Karnack, a mechanized fortuneteller.

Human Library

Vancouver Public Library Central Branch
January 18-20, 25-27 & February 1-3, 2013 12:00-4:00 PM

A collection of human books will be available to check out for 20-30 minutes on the third floor of the library for your perusal. Stop the Violence (Copenhagen, Denmark) presents interactive living books, with 30 “titles” ranging from “Born Again Christian” to “Drag Queen.”

Ana Sokolovic’s Svadba/Wedding

Ana Sokolovic

Heritage Hall
January 21-22,  8:00 PM

Svadba is an a cappella opera of six women’s voices telling the story of girlfriends preparing their friend for her wedding and blends Serbian folk song melodies, contemporary music, and strong rhythms.


Ballet BCQueen Elizabeth Theatre
January 24-26, 8:00 PM

BC Ballet presents Encore, a program of diverse dance that rekindles three popular works in the troupe’s repertoire: William Forsythe’s Herman Schmerman, Elo’s 1st Flash, and Medhi Walerski’s Petite Cérémonie.

King Lear

King Lear (Contemporary Legend Theater of Taipei, Taiwan)The Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts
February 1-2,  8:00 PM

Contemporary Legend Theater of Taipei, Taiwan presents Shakespeare’s classic as you’ve never experienced it: a solo Peking Opera by Wu Hsing-Kuo with an eight-person instrumental ensemble accompaniment.

Full event information, including all events, dates, locations and ticket purchases, is available at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival website.

Choose Vancouver, BC Lodging as Memorable as a Fine Arts Performance

Vancouver bed & breakfast inns

Our Vancouver bed & breakfast inns ensure that your accommodations will complement your performing arts experiences at PuSh.

Our Vancouver, BC Bed and Breakfast inns offer artfully designed accommodations to accompany your experience of fine performance arts at PuSh and all the events and activities in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Enjoy the many breakfast choices, uniquely decorated and furnished guest rooms and the individualized service & city knowledge of the innkeepers at locations all across Vancouver.

What’s Your PuSh International Performing Arts Festival Expectation or Experience?

The PuSh festival has been held in Vancouver since 2003 and has, in that short time, become a major performance art event of western Canada.

Please share your plans for this 2013 event and memories of past PuSh events.