We are saddened by the news of Tamio Wakayama's passing on March 23, 2018. Tamio was a photojournalist for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) during the American civil rights movement and brought his experience and spirit to Vancouver's Asian Identity Movement in the late 1970s. As Powell Street Festival's main photographer for many years, he captured the heart of our annual gathering -- its diversity and energy of celebration and empowerment.
On the SNCC Digital Gateway website, Tamio says, "You've got to be able to say, I refuse. I'm not what they are saying. I am a human being...and that has been the essence of my struggle, and of my art, my photography, throughout my life."
His greatest gift to Powell Street Festival Society was the creation of Kikyo: Coming Home to Powell Street (1992), an exhibition and book that documents Powell Street Festival's first 15 years. Tamio's festival photographs are archived in the Powell Street Festival fonds at Nikkei Museum.
Image via Allentown Art Museum
Annual General Meeting and
Join us April 12th for our Annual General Meeting at 111 West Hastings Street, 5th floor at 6 pm.
There will be a small gathering with refreshments from Tama Organic and wine from Stoneboat Vineyards at KW production Studio following the AGM from 7 until 9:30 pm.
Buy your membership now either online via eventbrite or mail us this form with your payment enclosed to 410 -111 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC, V6B 1H4.
Co-scripted by anime master Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son Gorō Miyazaki, this lovingly hand-drawn film from Studio Ghibli is a poignant, tender coming-of-age drama adapted from a 1980 manga. “Frankly stunning, as beautiful a hand-drawn animated feature as you are likely to see” (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times). More info...
Poet Leanne Dunic reads from her new book To Love the Coming End
Thursday, April 19th at 7:30pm
Vancouver Maritime Museum
1905 Ogden Avenue in Vanier Park Tickets $11.00
Join us in celebrating National Poetry Month with Leanne Dunic. Leanne is a multidisciplinary artist, musician, and writer. Her work has won several honours including the 2015 Alice Munro Short Story Contest.
In To Love the Coming End, a disillusioned author obsessed with natural disasters and ‘the curse of 11’ reflects on their own personal earthquake: the loss of a loved one. A lyric travelogue that moves between Singapore, Canada, and Japan, this debut from Leanne Dunic captures what it’s like to be united while simultaneously separated from the global experience of trauma, history, and loss that colour our everyday lives.
Cherry Blossom #AfternoonTEALEAVES in the Garden
Date: Thursday, April 26th Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm, doors open 5:45pm Location: UBC Nitobe Memorial Garden Cost of Event: $48, all proceeds will be donated to UBC Nitobe Memorial Garden For ticket purchases and other inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Discover the beauty of the cherry blossoms at UBC Nitobe Memorial Garden. Walk among the delicate blossoms this spring and enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony demonstrated by the Urasenke Foundation.
Discussions on cherry blossoms, hanami and culture by Douglas Justice from UBC Botanical Garden and Linda Poole, the founder of Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, along with HiDe Ebina, a renowned Japanese ceramic artist, will be taking place at the garden.
Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg
Vancouver Art Gallery
February 3 – May 6, 2018
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.
Sumo! A Beginner's Workshop
Sunday, May 13
Vancouver Buddhist Temple 220 Jackson St, 2nd floor
Doors at 12:30pm; 1 – 4pm
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.