2017 Powell Street Festival | August 5 & 6 | 11:30 – 7:00

Japanese Canadian Arts and Culture Connecting Communities

It’s time to get ready for the Powell Street Festival, whether you’re interested in film, martial arts, live music, Ikebana demos (flower arranging), sumo wrestling, dance, crafts, Taiko, theatre, Anime, childrens’ activities or Japanese food – there’s something for everyone.

The Powell Street Festival is rich in arts and culture and has been around for over 40 years. Featuring more than 20 food vendors, delicious Japanese fare will be available through stalls lining Dunlevy and Jackson. Be sure to visit Macro-Maki to dress up in pillow-sized sushi costumes and take selfies on a massive sushi tray. The craft market will offer original, one-of-a-kind, hand-made goods.


Image Source: Powell Street Festival

This year’s program includes a captivating mix of regional and international talent. Japanese blues, anyone? George & Noriko are a dynamic duo of a Japanese blues cowboy and a Tsugaru shamisen player, from Melbourne, Australia. Ensemble Liberta will play their classical Japanese instruments, and Kisyuu will do live calligraphy demos. If you like Taiko (Japanese drumming and percussion), JODAIKO from California will be there, too! If you like film, screenings co-presented with the Hapa-palooza Festival will include award-winning short film Born with It, as well as episodes from Almost Asian, starring Katie Malia, who will also attend.

Our client, The Powell Street Festival Society, which organizes and produces this event, is guided by a vision of a society which is enriched and interconnected through Japanese Canadian arts and culture. The society encourages the recognition of Japanese Canadians as a creative force within our community.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6 to be a part of the largest Japanese Canadian festival in Canada. The main location is Oppenheimer Park in the 400 block of Powell Street, with festival activities spilling over to surrounding areas of the Firehall Arts Centre on Cordova Street, the Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall on Alexander Street and the Vancouver Buddhist Temple on Jackson Avenue. When you’re in the area, check out the street banners up at Victory Square and on Main Street between National and Southern.


Oppenheimer Park. Image Source: Space2Place

The festival showcases Japanese talent and culture, and it’s also a community building opportunity. The event helps to build a community bridge so the people of the community can experience the beauty and diversity of Japanese Canadian arts and culture.

We’re so excited because this festival is happening right down the street from us, in our own neighbourhood! Don’t forget your Japanese flag and your Canada/Japan Friendship Pins.

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