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Powell Street Festival Society • パウエル祭協会 | Celebrating Japanese Canadian arts and culture since 1977
KT performing at the 2014 Powell Street Festival • photo by Jeanie Ow

Message from Leanne Dunic, incoming Artistic Director

I’m pleased to be writing my first words to you as Artistic Director, picking up where Mark Takeshi McGregor left off. After years of attending the festival, I had the fortune of being involved in a deeper capacity with the celebration this summer. I was inspired by the dedication and common vision of the people who came together to make it a success. I’m so honoured to be a part of this community which truly feels like a family.
August 27th was the Asahi Tribute Game at Oppenheimer Park. It was the perfect way to cap off the summer. Everyone had fun at the photo booth, chowing down on hot dogs and sweet corn, and of course, playing ball! 
With autumn comes the 6th annual Hapa-palooza Festival, September 23-25th. Being hapa myself, I always look forward to this weekend of programming as diverse as the mixed heritage community of Vancouver. More here:  

I’m excited to share ideas and passions, and to connect through our outreach and programming. I welcome emails, telephone chats, and cups of tea, and can be reached at

Leanne Dunic


To all of you who came out to make the Powell Street Festival happen... we did it!

The festival couldn't take place without everyone's help, and every year we're so grateful to to all of you who come out and contribute your time. From everyone here at the Powell Street Festival Society: thank you.  We couldn't do it without you.  

Did you miss the application deadline for volunteering or were you away during the festival? We are still looking for volunteers to help us with post festival wrap up in the office. If you are interested, please email to find out which jobs are available!

Thanks again! We hope you'll consider joining us in 2017 for our 41th Powell Street Festival! See you next year!  

Image credit Kristin Fuchihara

Community News

Hapa-palooza Festival


September 23rd - 25th
The sixth annual Hapa-palooza Festival runs for the month of September 2016, including a month long Hybrid Identity Art Exhibit at the Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, and three days of free community programming welcoming all.

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Vancouver International Film Festival
October 5, 2016 at 6:15 PM
October 7, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Adult - $15.00
Accessible, Senior, or Student - $13.00

This compassionate documentary by Linda Ohama chronicles the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident that devastated the coastal Japanese region of Tohoku. Cinematically beautiful and socially significant, the film portrays humanity in the face of disaster, and it achieves a balance between the intellectual and the spiritual by conveying both candid information and poetic observations on the fallout.

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Mixed Match


Vancouver International Film Festival
October 4, 2016 at 6:30 PM
October 6, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Adult - $15.00
Accessible, Senior, or Student - $13.00

This is a film that could save lives, in our audience and beyond. Director Jeff Chiba Stearns (One Big Hapa Family, Yellow Sticky Notes) unveils the frustration and desperation of people who are waiting for a suitable match for a bone marrow donor. Unlike blood donations, which are generally suitable for anyone of the same blood type, bone marrow transplants require a close genetic match. Multiracial blood cancer patients with complex genetics must draw from an extremely small pool of suitable donors.


$20 to access all panels and workshops
September 21st to 25th

The LiterASIAN theme this year is History and Memory. As Canada nears its 150 celebration of Confederation, it is timely for the Asian Canadian community to gather to reflect on its history.

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