There’s absolutely no reason to feel at a loose end in January – culture in Manchester is positively booming due to HOME’s annual PUSH Festival, a celebration of the North West’s best emerging artists and creatives.
Making new work that thrills, excites and challenges, the North West and Greater Manchester is home to some of the most vibrant artists and companies. PUSH gives audiences the chance to seek out these new, extraordinary and challenging performances, works and screenings – some brand new and some so good that they demand to be revisited.
A celebration of the North West’s best emerging artists and creatives.
This year the two-week long festival will include twelve theatre shows over both theatre spaces, featuring two home commissions – Tania Camara’s Oreo and Plaster Cast Theatre’s Sound Cistem. The event will also see the launch of the book collaboration between HOME and Artists-in-Residence Young Identity. We’re also thrilled that Manchester favourites Box of Tricks bring PlayBox, a showcase of the finest emerging new writers.
HOME’s cinemas will bring three film showcases, including the return of artist film showcase Spit That Out, with a programme that includes HOME commission I, Dismantled. The galleries will be positively buzzing with the launch of the first-ever Manchester Open exhibition, alongside showcases from artists in the Granada Foundation and HOMEInspires galleries.
Aside from performance and visual art, as always PUSH Festival also offers a great opportunity for artists and creatives to meet industry professionals, share ideas, inspiration and further hone their skills across a broad range of topics. With events covering everything from virtual reality technology to audio storytelling, there is an array of workshops and discussions to get involved in.
Guaranteed to satisfy your creative thirst.
We get ridiculously excited about PUSH Festival every year. You might be having a Christmas come-down and a dry January but you can certainly make your way to HOME – guaranteed to satisfy your creative thirst.
We’ll update this page as we get more information about PUSH 2020 – do check back again soon.
Because of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, we are unable to bring you our usual recommendations for things to do in Manchester and the North. Our thoughts at this time are with our readers and with the organisations and businesses who make the North of England a great place to live and visit. We hope you stay well and look forward to sharing more unmissable events and places with you later in the year.
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Please note – many of the venues on our site will be closed and events either postponed or cancelled. Please check the venue website for details.