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Fuki no Mizu フキの水

Fuki no Mizu フキの水 See this year’s design project at Powell Street Festival! Previous Next Designed in partnership with the Powell Street Festival Society (PSFS),  Fuki no Mizu フキの水  celebrates Japanese Canadian culture and addresses water inequalities amongst communities in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). The installation is a set of interactive pavilions that honours the longstanding relationship the Japanese-Canadian community … Read more

Sumo Beginner Workshop (July 10)

Sumo Beginner Workshop Come learn the basic rules and techniques of sumo wrestling and participate in an optional mini-tournament! Register Here! Join us for this free, all-ages event. No sumo experience necessary. Date: Sunday, July 10, 2022 Time: 1:30-4:00pm (doors open at 1:00pm) Location: Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall (487 Alexander St., 5th floor) … Read more

Paueru Mashup Dance: Biweekly In-Person Lessons at Seymour Elementary School (July)

Paueru Mashup Dance – Seymour Elementary School Lessons 2022 The Paueru Mashup is a community dance that is accessible for all ages and abilities across the country. No dance experience necessary! Registration Recommended – Please register through Eventbrite – meet at Seymour Elementary School- 1130 Keefer St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1Z3 We’ll have skilled dance instructors … Read more

Paueru Mashup Dance: Weekly In-Person Lessons at Oppenheimer Park (July)

Paueru Mashup Dance – Oppenheimer Lessons 2022 The Paueru Mashup is a community dance that is accessible for all ages and abilities across the country. No dance experience necessary! Registration recommended but drop-ins are also welcome!– Please register through Eventbrite – meet at Oppenheimer Park – 400 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1G6 We’ll have skilled dance instructors … Read more

Hanami: Cherry Blossom Picnic- 2022

Hanami: Cherry Blossom Picnic- 2022 Sunday, April 10th, 2022 at Oppenheimer Park Join PSFS and our Advocacy and Outreach committee for a hot meal of Japanese curry rice, Taiko performance, and Paueru Mashup chorus community dance lesson under the spring blossoms. A portion of the event will be livestreamed to our YouTube channel. Hanami is … Read more

Minori Harvest Event 2021

Minori (実り) Harvest at Oppenheimer Park An annual PSFS event to celebrate the harvest season and honour the history of Japanese Canadian farmers in BC On November 28, we held Minori (実り) Harvest at Oppenheimer Park, an annual event to celebrate the harvest season and honour the history of Japanese Canadian farmers in BC. Many … Read more

In Memory of Kevin Sleziak

In Memory of Kevin Sleziak May 28, 1966 – October 24, 2021 It is with great sadness to share that our dear friend and long-time Powell Street Festival supporter, Kevin Sleziak, passed away on Sunday, October 24th, 2021 in the comfort and care of May’s Place. ⁠ Kevin is known to many in the Powell Street … Read more

What’s New for the 45th Powell Street Festival

Welcome to the 45th Powell Street Festival!   We have adapted to public health restrictions and revamped programming so festival-goers can stay bubble-safe, yet connected to the historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood!  Throughout the month of July, the festival website (www.powellstreetfestival.com) will be the hub for the country’s largest celebration of Japanese Canadian art and culture. We are … Read more

Community Partnership: Surrey Art Gallery

Announcing our Community Partnership with the Surrey Art Gallery The Powell Street Festival Society is pleased to announce our community partnership with the Surrey Art Gallery. The 45th Annual Powell Street Festival, taking place both online and in the historic Paueru Gai (Powell Street) neighborhood this summer, is partnering with the Surrey Art Gallery, who … Read more

Talking the Walk: Reflections on 360 Riot Walk

Talking the Walk: Reflections on 360 Riot Walk is a series of three free online panel discussions using 360 Riot Walk as an entry point to explore the history of anti-Asian violence and white supremacy in Vancouver.    360 Riot Walk is an interactive walking tour of the 1907 Anti-Asian Riots in Vancouver that traces the history … Read more

Join our 2021 Annual General Meeting!

The Powell Street Festival Society’s Annual General Meeting will take place online via Zoom this year, Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 7:00 PM Pacific Time.  Please register through our Eventbrite link to receive your AGM package and Zoom Link.  Register Here Please note that Katari Taiko’s AGM starts at 6:30 pm, so please login early to support them too.     Also, your Annual Membership Top-Up is now available … Read more

Paueru Mashup Across Canada

Greetings, Courtesy of the 45th Powell Street Festival, we would like to invite everyone across the country to learn the Paueru Mashup, a taiko flashmob work that encapsulates the festival!  It’s a community dance that we can all learn and perform together one day!  Learn the dance online   and videotape yourself, then we will edit … Read more

Announcing the Stewardship of 360 Riot Walk

Announcing the Stewardship of 360 Riot Walk The Powell Street Festival Society is proud to announce its stewardship of 360 Riot Walk created by artist Henry Tsang. 360 Riot Walk is a multilingual interactive self-guided walking tour which invites participants to trace a layered history of Vancouver’s labour politics, anti-Asian racism, and community resistance in what is today the Downtown Eastside. This unique project interweaves the narratives of racialized communities, reclaiming how and what histories are told. … Read more

Join the Team!

The Powell Street Festival Society is excited to announce that we are hiring! Join our 45th Powell Street Festival Production Team and Staff. Current Openings Seasonal Production Coordinator – Due Monday, March 29, 2021 Production Assistant – Due Monday, March 29, 2021 Production Associate – Due Monday, March 29, 2021   Permanent Development and Administrative … Read more

The Paueru Gai Dialogues #9: Monumental Reckoning

Paueru Gai Dialogues #9: Monumental Reckoning

Saturday November 20, 2021 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM PST / 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
Online on Zoom
This event is completed – watch the recording below!

In the ninth and final Paueru Gai Dialogues event, Kelty Miyoshi McKinnon will be in conversation with Skundaal Bernie Williams- Gul Kiit Jaad, Joe Fry and Ken Lum as they rethink and reimagine what monument means and why memorialization might be important. Do we need monuments and, if so, why? What do they mean and for whom? How are monuments being rethought? Participants will be invited into breakout groups to share their perspectives with one another. To wrap up the event, everyone will reconvene to offer questions and debrief together.

This online event is free, donations are gratefully accepted through Eventbrite or Canada Helps.

Guest Host and Panelist Bios

Guest Host Kelty Miyoshi McKinnon is a Landscape Architect and Partner at PFS Studio. Specializing in projects dealing with the public realm, she is committed to the creation of meaningful public spaces that merge cultural, social, and environmental ecologies.

 

Skundaal Bernie Williams (Gul Kiit Jaad; Golden Spruce Woman) is a long time Downtown Eastside resident, artist and activist. She is the first Indigenous woman to receive the Bold Woman of the Year award from BOLDFEST in 2018, and is cofounder of Walk4Justice, which brought National attention to the Highway of Tears and Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. She is a passionate advocate and rallies against the discrimination, abuse and sexual assault, human trafficking, exploitation against Aboriginal and LGBTQ2S women and girls.

Joe Fry is the founding principal of Hapa Collaborative and a contemporary voice for landscape architecture and urban design in Vancouver. Throughout his career, Joe has dedicated himself to deepening the discussion around the economic, societal and environmental values of civic placemaking. Joe is a coach, a parent, a volunteer and a committed participant in our City’s discussion about design and the public realm.

Ken Lum is an artist of long standing who has exhibited widely in numerous important global art exhibitions. He is co-founder of Monument Lab, a think tank focused on analysing monumental and memorial forms as well as an active writer.

Watch the recording here:

The Paueru Gai Dialogues #8: Expanding Diasporic Imaginaries

Paueru Gai Dialogues #8: Expanding Diasporic Imaginaries Saturday October 16, 2021 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT / 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT Online on Zoom FREE event, advance registration required (CLICK HERE) In the eighth Paueru Dialogues event, Ayumi Goto will be in conversation with Andrea Fatona, Peter Morin, and Abedar Kamgari. Coming from diverse communities of culture, art, … Read more

The Paueru Gai Dialogues #7: On Mental Health and Art

The Paueru Gai Dialogues #7 This event took place on Saturday, September 18th. Saturday September 18, 2021 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT / 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDTOnline on ZoomFREE event, advance registration required Art as activism and relational connection to place have been threads throughout the Paueru Gai Dialogues, a pandemic series creating space for … Read more