PUSH+ project will stimulate European dialogue and initiate new artistic ideas and performances around three topics in performance for young audiences - Home, Failure and Different Bodies. Each topic will have a year-long focus with a Lab, Residency and Festival Visit/Presentation. PUSH+ will also explore three artistic formats - Participatory, Site-specific and Inter-generational across all three topics.

Lead Partner

Imaginate, Scotland

  • The Ark, Ireland;
  • AabenDans, Denmark
  • Krokusfestival, Belgium
  • Scenekunstbruket, Norway
  • Associate partner, Bangkok International Children's Festival, Thailand. 
Funding Strand

Smaller Scale Cooperation Projects

Community Grant



PUSH+ (2018 - 2022) will stimulate European dialogue and initiate new artistic ideas and performances around three important topics in performance for young audiences:

  1. Home: An artistic exploration of home, identity, our sense of safety and what happens when we use homes or streets as spaces where artists and the public meet.
  2. Failure: Exploration of the notion of failure, its artistic possibilities and possibilities.  
  3. Different Bodies: Challenging normative positions regarding who is able and who is not, who is artistically interesting, beautiful and worth listening to in art and society.

Each topic will have a year-long focus with activities that will include:

  • Artist Labs
  • Residencies 
  • Festival Visits
  • Presentations 
  • Final PUSH+ Symposium in 2021 hosted by The Ark, Dublin.

PUSH+ will also explore three artistic formats: Participatory, Site-specific and Intergenerational.  


  • The Big Bang Festival at The Ark, Dublin scheduled for April has been cancelled. 
  • PUSH+ Different Bodies Lab due to take place in Norway in September 2020 may go ahead but is dependent on how the Covid 19 crisis progresses. 
Testimonial from Irish Partner

'The project has supported the professional development of nine Irish artists making theatre for young audiences providing artists with the opportunity to connect with European organisations, working creatively with them to challenge and develop their skills through workshop masterclasses and peer to peer learning.

PUSH+ has given The Ark an opportunity to build and strengthen relationships with European partners and work at
an international level and discover new theatre makers. We have built solid connections with artists interested in producing work for young audiences.
Artists have been given the time and support to research important topics missing from theatre performances for young people. The project inspired artists to push themselves and be bold in their approach to creating new works. To date a collaborative production has evolved from the year long focus on the topic of Home’.