Thrilling and challenging, PUSH Festival always goes some way towards brightening up the start of a new year. This year more than any other, this cultural festival is a glimmering reminder that new performance continues to be developed, despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Artists have been beavering away and ideas have been simmering for PUSH Festival, a celebration of the North West’s best-emerging artists and creatives. We love that PUSH gives audiences the chance to seek out these new and extraordinary performances, works and screenings – some brand-new and some so good that they demand to be seen again.
The festival runs typically for two weeks in January – however, this year the festival will run throughout 2021 – allowing work to be presented both live and digitally, despite the Covid-19 pandemic. We get ridiculously excited about PUSH every year when HOME’s stages, screens and spaces offer themselves up to showcase fantastic work from around the region. 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.
PUSH Festival 2021 will feature six brand-new commissions and – for the first time – an experimental video game exploring extremism via digital storytelling. The commissioned artists featuring in PUSH 2021 are: Grahem Arnefield, Emmanuel Bajiiji, Katherine Hollinson, Jenni Jackson, Holly Rush, and Hope Strickland & Jessica El Mal. Encompassing a broad range of styles, experiences and perspectives, the new commissions all look set to take the audience on a journey of discovery – a re-examination of the world around us.
While we’re waiting on more information regarding dates and times, we’re thrilled to hear that six new commissions are all in development – we’ll bring you the full details as soon as we know. Do check back soon.