Vancouver staff recommend PuSh festival as main tenant in downtown cultural hub
The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and three other local arts groups could be getting a new home.
City staff are recommending PuSh, along with Touchstone Theatre, DOXA festival organizer the Documentary Media Society, and Music on Main as tenants in city-leased space in the CBC building on Hamilton Street.
According to a report scheduled to go before council next week, the tenants will pay a “nominal rent” of $10 for the 8,500-square-foot space, which was secured by the city in 2006 to be used as a community cultural amenity.
PuSh is being proposed as the lead subtenant, and will partner with Touchstone Theatre Society in the governance, operation, and management of the space.
“For two years, PuSh and Touchstone Theatre Society have been working together to realize a co-location project including completion of several feasibility studies,” the staff report reads.
“The co-location of these four organizations will deliver a strong, synergistic, collaborative and sustainable performing /media arts centre.”
City staff are recommending the four tenants following a Request for Expressions of Interest and Evaluation process launched in August 2013. The initial term of the lease will be 10 years, with four subsequent five-year renewal options.
The new cultural space will include offices and work stations, meeting rooms, and rehearsal space.
In a recent interview with the Straight about the PuSh festival, artistic and executive director Norman Amour said that being in a space with contemporaries would "really raise the game". He noted that his board of 19 people can't meet in the society's current office space.
City council is scheduled to vote on the report next Wednesday (February 5).