41st Annual Powell Street Festival
The following event is brought to you by Powell Street Festival.
Canada’s largest celebration of Japanese Canadian arts & culture held in Vancouver’s historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood. All events are free!
SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 & SUNDAY, AUGUST 6
11:30AM – 7:00PM DAILY
Oppenheimer Park (400 Block, Powell Street)
Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova Street)
Vancouver Japanese Language School (475 Alexander St)
Vancouver Buddhist Temple (220 Jackson Avenue)
☆☆☆ FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS ☆☆☆
Live Music ☼ Japanese Food ☼ Sumo Wrestling ☼ Literary Events ☼ Dance ☼ Film ☼ Martial Arts ☼ Craft Vendors ☼ Omikoshi ☼ Theatre ☼ Taiko Drumming ☼ Walking Tours ☼ Anime ☼ IIkebana Demos ☼ Children’s Activities
☆ A special presentation by iconic Japanese author HARUKI MURAKAMI’s top translators JAY RUBIN and TED GOOSSEN
☆ Dynamic duo GEORGE & NORIKO – a
Japanese blues cowboy and Tsugaru shamisen player from Melbourne, Australia. Two performances including one accompanied by BERNIE ARAI and BRIAN MINATO.
☆ Japan’s ENSEMBLE LIBERTA playing their classical Japanese instruments
☆ Film screenings co-presented by Hapa-palooza Festival of the award-winning short BORN WITH IT and the web series ALMOST ASIAN with creator/actress KATIE MALIA in attendance from Los Angeles
☆ A special presentation on Japan’s Third Gender curated by ASATO IKEDA
☆ A production of NeOn-ね音 – MAYUMI YOSHIDA’s play about love inspired by her late grandmother’s arranged marriage
☆ Numerous Taiko groups including California’s JODAIKO
☆ Reading from “Are You An Echo?” by festival favourite SALLY ITO
☆ Live calligraphy by KISYUU
☆ Performances by JOY KOGAWA and SORAMARU TAKAYAMA
☆ Ottawa-based artist MATT MIWA
☆ MANY MORE!