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Fashion and art come together this Saturday night in The Orientique, a fun and dynamic evening of fashion, wearable art, music and performance in a dazzling venue (Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden).
Featuring designs by Yasuhiro Tomita of Rukus, Terry Sasaki, and Akihiko Izukura. A fusion of Western and Eastern influences and old and new Japan, The Orientique will throb to sounds and beats from DJ LKS and feature performances by musician Caroline Jang and dancers Ralph Escamillan and Katerina Leppan. Curated by Yuriko Iga, produced by Studio Keiko and Blim, and presented by the Powell Street Festival, The Orientique introduces a new vision of fashion design work that crosses over into the realm of wearable art. (Check out video links and more on our Facebook event page).

The Orientique takes place at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (578 Carrall Street) on Saturday, June 22, at 9:00pm (doors open at 8:30pm). Tickets are $15 in advance at and $20 at the door ($15 for students/seniors/members). 
A big shout-out of gratitude to Granville Island Brewing, the official beer sponsor of The Orientique!


Spatial Poetics XII is an evening of experimental and collaborative performances by an eclectic line-up of Asian Canadian artists. In its 12th year, this interdisciplinary event celebrates collaboration and innovation in the use of text, visuals, music, and performance. This year, new works are presented by artist-collaborators Lisa Gelley (dancer/choreographer) with Gabriel Saloman (musician/artist), Joseph Hirabayashi (musician) with Gillian Cole (animator), and Howie Tsui (visual artist) with Sammy Chien (media artist).
Spatial Poetics XII takes place in Studio D at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 West Hastings Street) on Saturday, July 6, at 8:00pm (doors open at 7:30pm). Tickets are $10 (students, seniors and members/$12 and are available at (a limited number of tickets will also be available at the door).
Presented in partnership with SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Special thanks to the Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation.


We’re halfway through the fifth edition of Kibatsu Cinema at The Cinematheque. Our popular celebration of the quirky and unusual in Japanese cinema continues this Thursday with Milocrorze: A Love Story at 6:30pm and The Primitchibu World + Encounters at 8:15pm. For tickets and full program information, visit The Cinematheque’s Kibatsu Cinema page here.

We couldn’t do what we do without the support of our dedicated volunteers! If you’re interested in signing up as a volunteer for the 37th Annual Powell Street Festival, please contact Philip McMahon at by Sunday, July 14th, 2013 (new volunteers must fill out the downloadable form available at 


Here's a sneak peek of the official t-shirt design for the 37th Annual Powell Street Festival! Many thanks to our amazingly talented designer Janice Wu, as well as to Daniel and Angie, our models. Watch our Facebook page for more photos showing the festival t-shirt design in various sizes and colours, and don't forget to purchase (and wear) your very own official PSF t-shirt during the festival weekend!


We've got plenty of announcements coming down the line about the 37th Annual Powell Street Festival, which will take place at Oppenheimer Park and surrounding venues on August 3 and 4, 2013 (there will also be events on August 2, 5, 7 and 9). To keep up to date on all of the latest festival news, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or bookmark our website. We can't wait to see you!

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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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