PuSh Fest 2021 tip sheet

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      Like many cultural organizations, the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival has been forced to innovate because provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has banned social gatherings until February 5.

      Here are four ways this is being done.

      Board Table Disruption

      (February 3, online)

      Neworld Theatre's Marcus Youssef, lawyer Martha Rans, playwright Yvette Nolan, and nonprofit capacity builder Mark Friesen will hold a roundtable discussion online on addressing governance issues facing nonprofit groups.

      I Swallowed a Moon Made of Iron

      (February 4 to 6, online)

      Music Picnic artistic producer Njo Kong Kie brings together voice, piano, and video in a multimedia cry of protest for workers around the world.

      It's set to the poetry of Xu Lizhi, who worked at the Foxconn plant in Shenzhen.

      In 2010, 14 workers there committed suicide—and Xu, a promising poet, did the same in 2014 at the age of 24. Because Foxconn manufacturers iPhones for Apple, he's sometimes called the poet who died for your phone.

      PuSh Walks

      (online at all times)

      Artists have recorded audio for one- to two-kilometre journeys around areas of the city that have inspired them.

      Sanctuary: The Dakota Bear Ancient Forest Experience

      (February 3 to 7 at Performance Works)

      Environmentalist Damien Gillis, Indigenous storyteller Cease Wyss, and 360-degree video pioneer Olivier Leroux join forces to enable visitors to experience an ancient forest inside a geodesic dome. This event is sold-out.