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In this Issue:
1. Thank you!
2. Donate to the Powell Street Festival Society
3. Become a Lifetime Member Today
4. 11th Annual Vancouver Latin American Film Festival

5. A Call for Justice | Exhibition at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre.
3rd Annual Nikkei Place Community Awards & Fundraising Dinner | Nikkei Place Foundation
7. RECONCILIATION WEEK | Reconciliation Canada

The Powell Street Festival Society thanks our funders, sponsors, community partners, volunteers, staff, coordinators, vendors, participating artists and attendees for making the 37th Annual Powell Street Festival a resounding success!
We hope you enjoyed yourselves at the festival. View our photo album of this year's festival on our facebook page HERE!


Donate to the Powell Street Festival Society!

Image Credit: Tamio Wakayama

This fall, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Powell Street Festival to ensure that we continue as a community hub and presentation platform for Japanese Canadian artists. Your support will help the Festival continue its annual tradition and stay strong for years to come!
Through our annual festival and year-round season events the Powell Street Festival Society continues to:
- commission original works from Japanese Canadian artists
- provide presentation opportunities to emerging, mid-career and established Japanese Canadian artists
- advocate for the commemoration of Powell Street’s diverse histories and communities
- introduce the Festival audience to unique performances and artists from Japan
- reduce landfill-bound waste and Festival-related carbon emissions through an extensive recycling and composting program and the provision of free bike valet services
- promote fully accessible, enriching, educational, and entertaining arts and culture programs in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
Donating is easy! You can make either:

1. Mail a cheque payable to ‘Powell Street Festival Society’ and mail it to
Suite 410 – 111 West Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4, Canada

2.Or, donate online. If you would like to support us through making a tax-deductible donation online you can click HERE to donate online!

Your generous support will go far in ensuring the Powell Street Festival can continue to be a free festival, and to support local artists and the growing community that is our home. Thank you!

Not yet a Powell Street Festival Lifetime Member?

For only $12 you can become a Lifetime Member of the Powell Street Festival and receive reduced ticket prices on PSF seasonal and festival events as well as two issues of our mailed PSF Newsletter each year (which includes a sneak preview of each upcoming festival as well as notification on our special events!)

Please consider being a part of the Powell Street Festival Community as we continue to celebrate and recognize the strength and diversity of Japanese Canadian arts, culture, and heritage in the Downtown Eastside!
If you would like to become a Lifetime Member today, please click HERE to print and fill out our membership form.
Please mail cheques payable to 'Powell Street Festival Society' to our address:

Suite 410 -111
West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC
V6B 1H4, Canada


11th Annual Vancouver Latin American Film Festival
August 30th – September 8th, 2013

The 11th Annual Vancouver Latin American Film Festival runs from August 30th until September 8th, 2013. What started as a single-venue, three-day event has blossomed into a vibrant, multiple-venue, ten-day celebration of Latin American culture. This year’s festival will feature over forty of the best feature-length and short films (both fiction and documentary) to come out of Latin America over the past year. Highlights of VLAFF’s 11th festival include: a Spotlight on Colombian Cinema; Canada Looks South, a program of films by Latin-Canadian filmmakers; Asian Perspectives from Latin America, a series of four feature-length films that address themes of Asian identity within a Latin American context; and a series of talkbacks with guest directors following selected screenings.

The Powell Street Festival Society is a proud community sponsor for 3 films in the series this year:

Saturday, September 7th, 7:00pm at SFU Woodwards

Film Still from Nikkei

The search for identity. Cultures crossing continents. In Nikkei, director Kaori Flores Yonekura tells the story of her grandparents’ intrepid journey from Japan to Peru to Venezuela. Along the way, their personal search for a new home is set against the larger backdrop of the history of Japanese immigration to Latin America: from servitude in Peru, to the anti-Japanese media campaigns in World War II, to propaganda and promises of a better life in Venezuela. Nikkei is a fascinating and artfully constructed documentary that uses photographs, animation and personal testimony to reconstruct a subject of Latin American history that is rarely presented in cinema.

Saturday, September 7th, 5:15pm at SFU Woodwards

Film still from Inori

The word inori in Japanese means “prayer, adoration, invocation,” and in this spirit director Pedro González-Rubio has created a breathtaking ode to a disappearing way of life. In the small mountain community of Kannogawa, Japan, the laws of nature reshape the human blueprint of what used to be a lively village. While the younger generations have migrated to the cities, the few people left perform their everyday activities with a brave perspective on their history and the cycles of life. With stunning images of this lush mountainous region, the film mystically transports the viewer to another time.

The Girl from the South
Friday, September 6th, 7:00pm at SFU Woodwards

Film still from The Girl from the South

In 1989, just three weeks after the Tiananmen Square massacre, José Luis García attended the World Festival of Youth and Students in Pyongyang, North Korea. He documented the event with a VHS camera, inspired by the presence of Lim Su-Kyung, a student activist from Seoul who was boldly speaking out in favour of the peaceful reunification of North and South Korea. Su-Kyung created a further stir by announcing that she would cross the Panmunjom military border on foot, an act that would put her in danger of imprisonment or even death. Twenty years later, García returns to South Korea to find out what has become of this heroine of his youth.

For more information on the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival and to purchase tickets, visit their website

A Call for Justice
Exhibition at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre

Members’ Preview: September 21, 2013 | 4pm
September 22 – December 29, 2013 (closed December 23-28)
Tuesday-Sunday | 11am-5pm
Admission by donation

Image courtesy of the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre

A Call for Justice tells a story of human rights and the enduring perseverance of the Japanese Canadian community who suffered so much through the Second World War. In honour of the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Redress Agreement with the Government of Canada in 1988, the Nikkei National Museum is presenting the first traveling exhibit celebrating the emotional struggle to achieve an apology and recognition for the unjust treatment received from 1942 – 1949. This exhibit will examine the ten year fight using historic photographs, artifacts, poetry, personal statements, art, and video.

3rd Annual Community Awards and Fundraising Dinner
Nikkei Place Foundation

September 21st, 2013
Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre

The 3rd Annual Nikkei Place Community Awards & Fundraising Dinner will be held on September 21st, 2013 at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre in Burnaby, BC.
This event is held to thank Nikkei Community (Japanese Canadians and Japanese) supporters and to raise awareness and funds to support programs and services at Nikkei Place.
On this day, over 250 Nikkei Community supporters will join together to recognize, congratulate, and thank Nikkei Community leaders and groups.These leaders and groups have contributed towards building a strong and vibrant community at Nikkei Place.
The evening will be filled with great food, entertainment and, most importantly, Nikkei Community supporters like you.
Zen Japanese Restaurant will be catering the evening's plated dinner. They are located in West Vancouver and we are thrilled to have them create a special dinner offering for this event.

This year, the Powell Street Festival Society will have the honor of receiving Nikkei Place Foundation's JAPANESE CULTURE AWARD!
The 'Japanese Culture Award' is presented to an individual or organization who has worked in raising awareness of Japanese culture and contributed to the harmony of Canadians and Japanese.

For more information on this year's Nikkei Place Foundation's Community Awards and Fundraising Dinner, please visit their website:

Reconciliation Canada
September 16th -  22nd, 2013

Born from the vision of Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, Gwawaenuk Elder, Reconciliation Canada is leading a historic call to action for Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians to come together to build a stronger, more united Canada. 
Experience the events of Reconciliation Week, Downtown Vancouver!
Lighting the Fire of Reconciliation:
Ambleside beach, starting at 8am on Monday, September 16th
Intimate Coast Salish ceremony to open Reconciliation Week. 
All Nations Canoe Gathering:
False Creek close to Science World, from 9am on Tuesday, September 17th
Come out to this free event and discover a significant piece of First Nation’s culture. Watch as beautiful cedar dugout canoes paddle into False Creek from Kits Point to Science World and are welcomed in a traditional ceremony to the Coast Salish lands.
More details available at:
TRC Events:

Pacific National Exhibition, September 18th-21st
TRC is organizing a series of events (4 days) from September 18th to 21st. They include statement gathering, sharing panel and circles, educational and learning activities among others.
More details available at:

Inspirit Foundation

Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (PDT)

Place: PNE - Pacific Coliseum
100 N Renfrew Street
Vancouver, BC  V5K 3N7

Join the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and the Inspirit Foundation at a cross-cultural dialogue:

Be the Change - Young People Healing the Past and Building the Future
Be the Change is part of the TRC British Columbia National Event and will take place on September 18 at 11 a.m. after the Opening Ceremony.

At this dialogue, young panelists who face the intergenerational impact of human rights violations such as the Residential Schools, the Holocaust, Japanese internment, and the Chinese Head Tax will discuss:

  • what does reconciliation mean?
  • common themes about the experience of  living with the legacy of human rights abuse, and
  • ideas on how to turn reconciliation into action and move forward to a renewed and more pluralist future.

We hope you can join this conversation, ask questions and share your thoughts.

Admission is free and the dialogue is open to the public.

RSVP on Event Brite here:

Walk for Reconciliation (Celebrating a New Way Forward):

Queen Elizabeth Plaza (on W Georgia Street) to Creekside Park, from 9.00am on Sunday, September 22nd 
The Walk for Reconciliation is designed to transform and renew the very essence of relationships among Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians. It sounds so simple, but just the act of gathering and walking and sharing our stories can join us all in a shared commitment to creating a new way forward in our relationships with each other. Join us to help achieve far-reaching impact and to demonstrate your commitment to building better relationships to achieve resilient, sustainable communities. Walk Participants will receive wooden tiles decorated by children across BC as gifts for participation and commitment to reconciliation.
More details on the event and how to register at:

Send us your events!

Do you have a Japanese-Canadian or Downtown Eastside community related event? Powell Street Festival Society is happy and excited to offer our community partners the opportunity to submit their own special events to our newsletter. It's our little way of saying thank you for your hard work in our community! Send us via PSF Community Event Submission Form.

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