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

The 45th Powell Street Festival is Ramping Up!

There are so many events and activities to be excited about as we move towards the July 31st and August 1st Festival Weekend! Keep reading to get a taste of what's available and what's to come.

As always, you can see everything happening at this year's Powell Street Festival on our website, and add to the conversation on Social Media!

Find us at @powellstfest on Instagram and Twitter, or Powell Street Festival Society on Facebook.
Plus, use the #powellstfest hashtag and your post could be featured on our homepage!
Visit the Festival Website Now

Don't Miss your Chance to experience Randall Okita's the Book of Distance

There are limited opportunities to experience Randall Okita's moving Virtual Reality experience, The Book of Distance with Powell Street Festival at the Vancouver Japanese Language School.

The Book of Distance blends techniques from mechanical sculpture, film, and stage to redefine personal storytelling in virtual reality. Family archives add a haunting layer of realism. 2D and 3D hand-crafted sets reminiscent of Japanese woodblock prints, evocative character design, and seamless choreography combine with surprising moments of interaction to gently whisk us across the ocean and through the years.

See Available Dates and Register Now!

Join us for a talk with creator Randall Okita

Join Randall Okita as he provides insight into his family history the development of his recent virtual reality experience, The Book of Distance. This unique project blends techniques from mechanical sculpture, film, and stage to redefine personal storytelling in virtual reality. Family archives add a haunting layer of realism. 2D and 3D hand-crafted sets reminiscent of Japanese woodblock prints, evocative character design, and seamless choreography combine with surprising moments of interaction to gently whisk us across the ocean and through the years.
Register for the Talk Now!

Register for Mindful Brush, an Online Workshop on Creativity and Zen Mindfulness

July 24 7:00-9:00 PM

Mindful Brush is an interactive virtual workshop that begins with an introduction to mindful practice and the benefits it can bring to everyone including an explanation of the Mindful Circle. The second half of the workshop is an introduction to Japanese calligraphy, including the historical roots of brush, ink, and paper. Mindful Brush ends with drawing the enso, which participants keep as a reminder of the Mindful Circle. Discover community wellness at this virtual workshop through Japanese culture, calligraphy and zen mindfulness.

 

Register Now!

Last Few Days to pre-order your Festival Food!

Food orders will close on Saturday July 24th

Our mouthwatering selection of festival foods made by Tonari Gumi, Vancouver Japanese Language School, and Vancouver Buddhist Temple will close this Saturday, July 24th at 11:59 pm PST. Hurry and place your order before then! Click on the button below to see all of our amazing options.

*As a reminder, to follow COVID safety guidelines your food orders will be frozen or refrigerated upon pickup, which makes them a perfect meal to heat up and enjoy whenever you like! 

Order Food Now

Grab your 2021 Festival Merchandise before we run out! 

Our limited edition 2021 shirts, hachimaki, tote bags, and tenugui are a perfect way to remember this year’s festival for years to come.  

You can have your selections shipped to your address OR pick them up in person at our Festival Pick-up Depot on July 31st and August 1st. But hurry, as selections are running out fast! Visit our festival website for our whole range of items! 

Shop Now!

We are now offering $25 Gift Cards

Redeemable on Merchandise and Food from our Festival Website!

Give a Gift!

Join us in celebrating the 45th Powell Street Festival through our Annual Lottery! 

Help support our festival this year by purchasing lottery tickets! Buy single tickets for $5 or booklet of 5 for $20 for a chance to win a Staycation at the Listel Hotel, Foodie prizes, and so much more! (Including the above print by Kathy Shimizu!) Ticket sales will close on July 30th at 11:59 pm PST, so be sure to grab yours quick! 

Draws will take place online on July 31st at 1:30 pm, and August 1st at 6:00 pm, and will be live streamed through our virtual Zoom check-in! Check out powellstreetfestival.com to watch online and to discover the results!

Buy Tickets Now

Wondering how to spend a Festival Weekend?

Here are 9 great things to do!

Your checklist for this summer:
  1. Learn at least 1 Paueru Mashup dance move 🕺
  2. Sign up for 3 or more online events 💻
  3. Fold & send in 25 origami daruma for our Daruma Well Wishing Campaign 💌
  4. Buy 5 Festival Lottery Tickets 🎟
  5. Browse  Japanese goods and crafts from our local vendors 🛍
  6. Pre-order menu items from our Community Food Booths 🍱
  7. Discover great artist collaborations available On Demand 🎤
  8. Reserve your spot at 1 in-person event (Pick-up Depot counts!) 🎪
  9. Take a photo of your 45th Powell Street Festival celebrations, hashtag #powellstfest, and tag us @powellstfest 📸
We can't wait to see what you get up to!
Come and watch the #powellstfest hashtag stream on our homepage
 

Featured On Demand Content

Check out our featured On Demand content!

Available now on our Festival Website - click the images above!
Clockwise from top: And coming very soon:
  • Ritual Spective 迴融 0.2
  • From the Praries to the Pacific Rim
  • Dub this Road (TAIKOPERA)
  • Revisiting & Envisioning: A Special Edition of As Long As I Can Remember by Lynda Nakashima and PSF community members
  • And so much more!
See all of our featured programs on our Festival Website

Daruma Community Art Installation - An Update

Our Daruma Campaign has been a great success with over 3,000 daruma origami submissions from across Canada. We have also been holding workshops at Oppenheimer Park on Mondays, bringing together communities to collaborate on the project. 

Please join us at our last workshop on July 26th from 2PM-4PM – everyone is welcome! The final installation will be revealed on the Festival Weekend at Oppenheimer Park. Please come on down to have a look! 

Learn More

Many Thanks to our Festival Supporters!

We would also like to thank the following organizations for their support of Powell Street Festival:
Anvil Press, Baker and Table, Blim, Cadeaux Bakery, Catfe, Coconama Chocolate, Dosanko, Figure 1 Publishing, Fujiya, Geist Magazine, Greystone Books, Hapa Izakaya, Kathy Shimizu, Kiku Wellness, Listel Hotel, Mint Records, Sunrise Market, Sunrise Soya, Tama Organic Café, Tea Lani, The Bulletin, The Cinematheque, Vegan Pudding & Co.
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Thank you again to all of our festival supporters!
You can see the full list on our website!
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