Norman Armour is stepping down as artistic and executive director of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.
He helped to found the popular Vancouver cultural festival in 2003 and has been the festival’s leader ever since.He will leave the post official on April 27.
“In the early beginnings of PuSh, co-founder Katrina Dunn and I wanted to effect change with the creation of a vibrant festival for the contemporary performing arts. We envisioned Vancouver
artists forging new relationships and new business opportunities with the rest of Canada and beyond; and saw the potential benefits of a dynamic interplay between seemingly disparate
disciplines, between arts patrons, and between the city’s venues and creative communities,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.
“I am immensely proud of the countless successes, rewarding partnerships and groundbreaking milestones the organization has afforded me, and I look forward — with great anticipation — to where new leadership will take PuSh in 2019 and beyond.”
Next January’s program is already in place, making the 15th edition of the festival Amour’s final instalment.
Armour is set to remain in Vancouver but will take on a consulting role with the Australian Council for the Arts, beginning in May. He will will lead the development and implementation of the Australian Council’s international strategy in North America.
“Norman has been an outstanding Artistic and Executive Director, who has led with unwavering devotion, commitment and bold creativity; forever changing the face of Vancouver’s arts scene,” says Mira Oreck, President of PuSh Festival’s board of directors. “Norman is leaving the organization in the strongest place it has ever been, positioning us extremely well as we plan for the next exciting stage of PuSh.”
The festival added in a media release: “During his tenure, Armour brought his zeal to connect audiences to artists, to connect the local to the global, and …read more
Source:: Vancouver Sun