Announcing the 45th Annual Powell Street Festival!
We have adapted to public health restrictions and revamped programming so festival-goers can stay bubble-safe, yet connected to the historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood!
Throughout the month of July, the festival website (www.powellstreetfestival.com) will be the hub for the country’s largest celebration of Japanese Canadian art and culture. There will be no large, public gathering, however, we are offering an array of on-demand creative works, on-location performances, DIY workshops, and community-building activities.
To see the full poster and press release please click below!
Join us in celebrating this year’s festival with our highly anticipated annual lottery. There are 20 fantastic prizes to be won - many staycation-themed! Thank you to The Listel Hotel, Kiku Wellness, Hapa Izakaya and Mint Records for sponsoring a portion of the prizes.
All proceeds go toward Powell Street Festival Society and help to ensure our long-term sustainability and resilience.
Announcing our Community Partnership with the Surrey Arts Gallery
The 45th Annual Powell Street Festival, taking place both online and in the historic Paueru Gai (Powell Street) neighborhood this summer, is partnering with the Surrey Art Gallery, who are also celebrating their 45th anniversary, to include two multimedia installations within its festival offerings: Cindy Mochizuki’s Autumn Strawberry and Henry Tsang’s Hastings Park.
Powell Street Festival Society seeks a dedicated team player for the position of Festival Crew for the 45th annual Powell Street Festival. This temporary position is a full-time position (35 hr/week) and will start as early as June 14 for an 8-week period.
Please see this job posting on our Work Opportunities page for more details and how to apply. Submissions must be received by Thursday, June 10th at 5:00 PM.
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JUNE ONLINE EVENTS
Talking the Walk: Reflections on 360 Riot Walk
Talking the Walk: Reflections on 360 Riot Walk is a series of three free online panel discussions using 360 Riot Walk as an entry point to explore the history of anti-Asian violence and white supremacy in Vancouver.
360 Riot Walk is an interactive walking tour of the 1907 Anti-Asian Riots in Vancouver that traces the history and route of the mob that attacked the Chinese Canadian and Japanese Canadian communities following the demonstration and parade organized by the Asiatic Exclusion League in Vancouver. Participants are brought into the social and political environment of the time where racialized communities were targeted through legislated as well as physical acts of exclusion and violence. The soundtrack is available in four languages of the local residents of the period: English, Cantonese, Japanese and Punjabi.
This series is hosted by the Powell Street Festival in partnership with the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Financial support for the creation of 360 Riot Walk was provided by Creative BC and the BC Arts Council, Neighbourhood Matching Fund of the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, and a SSHRC Explore Grant through Emily Carr University of Art & Design.
The Complexity and Nuance of Cultural Translation
Saturday, June 19, 2-3:30 pm PST
Free Online: Zoom
In the second of three panels, translators for the Punjabi, Chinese and Japanese versions of the project address the power and subtleties of language and the challenges they encountered in translating the script of 360 Riot Walk. With Catherine Chan, Yurie Hoyoyon, Masha Kaur, facilitated by Henry Tsang.
Saturday, July 10, 2021 | 2-3:30 pm PST
What’s At Stake
In the third and final panel of the series, contributing writers to the 360 Riot Walk website speak to a breadth of significant issues and events that led to, and resulted from the 1907 riots. With Angela May, Michael Barnholden, Melody Ma, Paul Englesberg, facilitated by Henry Tsang. Register here
Paueru Gai Dialogues #5 on YouTube
If you missed the fifth installment of the Paueru Gai Dialogues or just want to relive the experience, you can now watch presentations by guest host Haruko Okano and panelists Jen Sungshine, Rita Wong, and T'uy't'tant-Cease Wyss as they reflect on the Changing Environment and Humanity.
Thank you to Hapa Collaborative, The Bulletin (JCCA), ElementIQ, SFU David Lam Centres, The Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council and City of Vancouver for their financial and in-kind support of this program.
The Paueru Gai Dialogues #6
Saturday, June 26, 1-3 pm PST
Free event, registration required More Information
The sixth event, Reconsidering Land, History and Belonging, is at 1 pm Pacific/4 pm Eastern on Saturday, June 26, 2021. This event is free, but donations are appreciated! For more information visit: www.powellstreetfestival.com/dialogues
How can we fight against the dominant frameworks of capitalism and settler colonialism to conjure different futures? What does it mean to imagine new relationships to place? How can we acknowledge the complexity and complicity in our own lives and within Japanese Canadian communities and beyond?
Guest host Sho and panelists Nicole Yakashiro, Mahlikah Awe:ri Enml’ga’t Saqama’sgw and Paulette Moreno will reflect on how art, community organizing and storytelling can serve as maps for generating collective practices of liberation. Participants will be invited into breakout groups to share their perspectives with one another. To wrap up the event, everyone will reconvene to offer questions and debrief together.