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Powell Street Festival Society • パウエル祭協会 | Celebrating Japanese Canadian arts and culture since 1977
2017 Powell Street Festival by Lucas Lau

More Information and Tickets!

Early bird price available until Feb 7!

Apply to the 42nd annual Powell Street Festival!

Application forms available here

Apply to participate in the 2018 Powell Street Festival in Oppenheimer Park on Saturday & Sunday, August 4th and 5th, 2018 as a Community Booth, Craft Vendor, Display, Food Booth Vendor, Marketplace Vendor, Martial Arts Participant, and Performers and Demonstrators.

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Our Annual General Meeting is on
April 12, 2018!
Location + Time TBA

3rd Annual Design Competition
Call for Entries!

Deadline: April 3, 2018 at midnight

Presented in partnership with Revery Architecture and Abaton Projects, students are invited to design an interactive artwork for the 42nd Anniversary Powell Street Festival, scheduled for August 4 and 5, 2018. The winning submission is awarded mentorship from Revery Architecture and Abaton Projects, and a commission and production budget to build their design.

More info including Site Location, Limitations, Submission Reqs, Timeline, Jury, Prize, Budget available in this pdf.

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

Vancouver Art Gallery
February 3 – May 6, 2018
Murakami's Birthday Bash
February 2nd at 5:30 pm

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg is a major retrospective exhibition of the monumental paintings of Takashi Murakami, one of the world’s most influential artists.

With fifty-five works, the show will trace Murakami’s oeuvre over three decades, from early paintings to a newly created five-metre-tall sculpture. There will also be two multi-panel paintings created specifically for the Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition.
In addition to Murakami’s art-world credentials—such as being exhibited at the Guggenheim Bilbao and other key museums and being the third contemporary artist to exhibit at France’s Palais de Versailles—he is known for more commercial projects including the cover of Kanye West’s Graduation album and a long-time collaboration with fashion house Louis Vuitton.

Sumire Yoshihara + Kazue Sawai 

The Annex
823 Seymour Street, 2nd Floor 
Saturday, March 17, 8PM
Free pre-show chat at 7:15PM 
Tickets $35 general, $25 senior, $15 student

Sumire Yoshihara (percussion) and Kazue Sawai (17- and 5-string koto) are among the most respected and iconic performers of Japanese contemporary music. Bridging ancient and new sounds, this amazing duo presents a selection of Japanese contemporary music showcasing a range of poetic approaches. Presented in collaboration with Vancouver New Music.

Japanese Canadian
Artist Directory

Are you an artist? Submit your profile to the new online Japanese Canadian Artist Directory! Visit to check it out.

Powell Street Festival Society is proud to present this resource in partnership with the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (Toronto) and the National Association of Japanese Canadians.

Renew your Annual Membership Top-Up 

For an additional $12, get discounts are great local businesses including Coconama ChocolateCatfe, Tama Organic LifeKyzock / House of Sushi Bowl, and of course Powell Street Festival Society! 

Top up now on Eventbrite!

Read about membership benefits here!

NAJC is hiring an Executive Director 

Reporting to the National Executive Board, the Executive Director will be responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission, goals and objectives.  This position is to support and enhance the capability of the President, the National Executive Board (NEB), and the membership-at-large and to ensure the momentum and focus to achieve our collective goals and strategies.  

While the NAJC Head Office is located in Winnipeg, MB, the incumbent can work from a remote location.
Click here for full job posting information
Deadline FEBRUARY 28, 2018

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For information on the various Community Events that PSFS supports and/or thinks that might be of interest to you, please click here

Community Events

Thank you again to all of our festival supporters!
You can see the full list on our website!

Send Us Your Event!

Do you have a Japanese Canadian or Downtown Eastside community related event? Powell Street Festival Society is pleased to offer our community partners the opportunity to submit their own special events. We will publicize suitable events and activities. It’s our little way of saying thank you for your hard work in our community! Send us via Community Event Submission Form. 
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