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.
The two-week long festival will kick off with a free opening night party where audiences will be treated to extracts from selected performances. No need to book, just roll up. There will be a special dance and spoken word performance of The House of Ghetto and Gemma Parker’s The Hidden Pin Up, examing the fetishisation of the black female form, followed by a set from electronica DJ Andrew James Brooks.
PUSH will also feature three new performances commissioned by HOME: Cuts of the Cloth by Outside the Frame Arts, which explores a Muslim woman’s relationship with the veil; Learning to Swim on an Ironing Board, presented by Indoors Too Much, which looks at invisible disabilities; and Dance Away the Spiders, a physical piece presented by Sheba Arts that explores trauma, and resistance. HOME will also commission Unpacking, an exhibition of oil paintings by Alicja Mrozowska, which illuminate the complexities surrounding migration, family and identity; and Yes Man, a choral work by Andrew Brooks which probes gender identity and notions of home.
Aside from performance and visual art, PUSH Festival in 2019 will also offer great opportunities for artists and creatives to meet industry professionals, share ideas, inspiration and further hone their skills across a broad range of topics. With workshops covering There will be three ‘Propel’ scratch performances happening in the Theatre 1 space and an array of workshops and discussions to get involved in.
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.