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Powell Street Festival Society • パウエル祭協会 | Celebrating Japanese Canadian arts and culture since 1977
  [photo of the mikoshi at the 43rd annual Powell Street Festival]
  Photo by: Kayla Isomura

Spring is here! 

In March the Festival applications are due, June Fukumura will be hosting the spring Nikkei Artist Mixer in partnership with the Powell Street Festival, and we are thrilled to announce that applications are now open for new curatorial positions at the Festival. Read on for details.

Reminder: applications for the Festival is due on March 10th. 

We are still seeking applications for Community Booths, Craft Vendors, Displays, Food Booth Vendors, Market Place Vendors, Martial Arts Participants, and Performers and Demonstrators. Please submit your applications to the Festival by following this link

The 44th annual Powell Street Festival is on August 1&2, 2020! 

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Spring Nikkei Artist Mixer - March 28th,  6pm - 9pm
Russian Hall (600 Campbell Avenue, Vancouver)
Free event 

Curated by June Fukumura in partnership with the Powell Street Festival. 

Are you a Japanese Canadian artist or associated with Nikkei arts and culture? Study a Japanese art form? Curious about Japanese culture? Want to get involved in the Japanese Canadian/Nikkei community? If you said yes to any of the above, then we invite you to the Nikkei Artist Mixer produced, curated, and hosted by June Fukumura. The mixer will feature three up and coming Japanese Canadian artists: Erika Mitsuhashi, Shion Carter, and Tomoyo Yamada who will present artist talks about their practice. Whether you identify as JC/Nikkei or not this is an inclusive opportunity to celebrate JC/Nikkei culture and mingle with some amazing artists and community members! Snacks and light refreshments will be provided. FREE. 


Photos from Nikkei Artist Mixers in 2018 and 2019 - photo credit: Tetsuro Shigematsu and Tracy Moromisato

Curatorial Applications for the 44rd Powell Street Festival are Now OPEN  


The Powell Street Festival Society is passionate about providing opportunities for new, emerging, mid-career and senior professional artists of Japanese heritage working in literary, visual, performing, new media, and inter- and community arts fields. If you are interested in curating a performance or program this year, please contact our Program Coordinator at samantha[at] with your CV/bio and proposed program details (type of program, duration, collaborators, equipment, etc.). More information can be found at:

Deadline for application: March 31, 2020 

PSF + Artist in Residence Yamanashi (AIRY) Project

Kathy Shimizu, this year's artist in residence at AIRY Project, is creating a book about meanderings at the Powell Street Festival. As a part of this new artistic project she is collecting anecdotes about your favourite activity at the Festival. If you would like to share and be included in this project, please email with 2-3 sentences (eg. "I like to watch the sumo tournament" or "my favourite activity is the Asahi pitch game!"). 

Please note, not all contributions will be included in the content of the book, however, if your contribution is selected, your anecdote will be anonymously included in the content of the book and your name will be listed in the credits. Should you wish to remain anonymous please include a note when making your submission to Kathy. 

Membership and Annual Top-Up Membership programs will now run from April 1, 2020 - March 31, 2021. More information about membership will be announced in the April newsletter! Stay tuned! 


Our friends from Indian Summer Festival are throwing a Holi Fundraising Party, Vancouver’s ONLY Holi celebration!

They’ll have mouthwatering nibbles by Chef Tushar, delicious libations and DJ Lil India, who knows how to move a room full of happy people! Join them on March 19 at Performance Works. Buy your tickets at 
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