PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is back this year with a pandemic-friendly twist.
It’s offering guided audio walks through Vancouver in a bid to get people outside and moving while also (hopefully) being inspired by local artists.
“PuSh Walks is aimed to encourage audiences to get out and about during these uncertain times and experience the beauty that surrounds us,” the organization said in a news release.
These three have been released for Vancouver so far:
Graveyards and Gardens
This walk guides listeners through East Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery, alternating with snippets of Amherst, Massachusetts. Artists Caroline Shaw and Vanessa Goodmen converse as they travel through the graveyard and a local forest.
Procession to a New Town
This walk guides listeners through Vancouver’s Chinatown. Artists Ralph Escamillan and Kimberly Wont visit New Town Baker & Restaurant where they share their personal memories and reflections on diasporic experiences that define the city. The walk finishes at another well-known eatery, where listeners are encouraged to grab a snack.
DTES suit/ Burials underfoot
Q Lawrence reminisces on traveling to the Downtown East Side and recites their harsh, imagistic, and creatively profane poetry.
As well as one in Toronto:
“Of Peanuts and Screws”
This walk takes listeners through the streets of Toronto and allows you to share the journey in a place of your own choosing. Music is drawn from Njo Kong Kie’s Picnic in the Cemetery with melodic interludes from his own ideology and personal connections.
PuSh fest encourages listeners to plug in their headphones and enjoy the walks at a time they see fit, in order to encourage physical distancing.
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