Powell Street Festival Society Announces two new Director Positions

Powell Street Festival Society Announces Two New Director Positions The Powell Street Festival Society is excited to share that the organization is growing! In our 45th year and eager to support this growth phase, we are pleased to announce a restructuring that will create two new positions from the existing Executive Director role: Director of … 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

Announcing: Powell Street Festival Telethon on August 1, 2020 from 2pm –7pm  

Banner of Powell Street Festival Telethon 2020

Celebrate Japanese Canadian culture while giving back to your community! Join us for a LIVE online telethon August 1, 2020 from 2pm – 7pm to watch live performances, highlights from previous festivals, appearances from festival vendors, and so much more. Tune in with your family and friends to experience the spirit of the festival right from your home! The Powell Street Festival Society (PSFS) produces the annual Japanese Canadian (JC) outdoor festival that takes place in the historic JC neighbourhood, Paueru Gai … Read more

The 44th Powell Street Festival cancelled as a public gathering event 

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the 44th Powell Street Festival is cancelled as a public gathering event. The Powell Street Festival Society (PSFS) board is directing its staff to follow public safety guidelines and to continue consulting with community stakeholders to reconceptualize a safe and innovative celebration of Japanese Canadian arts and culture. “Our festival is first and foremost, a celebration of community and culture.  We may not be gathering together physically but we … Read more

Winners of the 5th Annual Public Art and Design Competition for Powell Street Festival Announced 

Winners of the 5th Annual Public Art and Design Competition for Powell Street Festival Announced Vancouver, BC (Monday, May 4, 2020) – UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture students Shaheed H. Karim and Amy Wu are the winners of the 5th Annual Public Art and Design Competition for Powell Street Festival Society. The team has been awarded a $1000 prize for their proposal titled Go Kingyo, a production … Read more

Curatorial Applications for the 44th 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]powellstreetfestival.com with your CV/bio and proposed program details … Read more

Fill out our survey!

Did you attend the Powell Street Festival on August 3 or 4, 2019? Please fill out our survey and tell us how we did!   Image credit: Keric Wu

Ashi Ato: Winner of the 4th Annual Public Art Competition

Ashi Ato: Winner of the 4th Annual Public Art Competition Emily Carr University of Art and Design student Shayla Giroux is the winner of the 4th Annual Public Art Competition for Powell Street Festival Society. Giroux is joined by fellow student and collaborator Zenyase Hunsberger for the development and production stages. The team has been … Read more

Powell Street Festival Applications NOW OPEN!

Apply to participate in the 2019 Powell Street Festival in Oppenheimer Park on Saturday & Sunday, August 3rd and 4th, 2019. For Community Booths 2019 Community Booth Application For Craft Vendors 2019 Craft Vendor Application For Displays 2019 Display Application For Food Booth Vendors If you have not been a Food Booth Vendor at the … Read more

4th Annual Public Art Competition for Powell Street Festival

4th Annual Public Art Competition for Powell Street Festival Presented in partnership with Revery Architecture and Abaton Projects, students are invited to design an interactive artwork for the 43rd Anniversary Powell Street Festival, scheduled for August 3 and 4, 2019. The winning submission is awarded mentorship from Revery Architecture and Abaton Projects, and a commission … Read more

Lost and Found

Did you loose something at the Powell Street Festival? Contact us as soon as possible to find out if it is in our Lost and Found. We will be donating all unclaimed Lost and Found items by Friday, September 21st! Email us at admin@powellstreetfestival.com or call 604-739-9388 and leave a message if we are out … Read more

Get your 2018 Festival T-shirt next weekend!

Powell Street Festival Merchandise パウエル祭商品 2018 Limited Edition T-Shirt/Tank, design by Yurie Hoyoyon | $20 2018パウエル祭限定Tシャツ/タンクトップ Vintage festival adult/child T-shirts | $10 パウエル祭ヴィンテージTシャツ 大人サイズ$15 子供サイズ$10 Fox organic tote bag | $15 フォックス・オーガニック トートバック Octopus tote bag | $18 たこトートバッグ Reusable Shopping Bag (Black) | $5 ショッピングバッグ (黒) Tenugui with silkscreened design by Yurie Hoyoyon |$7 オリジナル手ぬぐい Festival Water Bottle … Read more

Pick up your 2018 Festival Program at these locations

photo of copies of the 2018 Powell Street Festival Program

In partnership with The Bulletin/Geppo and the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association, our program guide is available at listed locations. You can also download the the entire 2018 Festival Program Guide (PDF, 9MB) or the Festival 2018 Schedule (PDF, 3.3MB) to see a summary of all that’s going on on Sat, Aug 4th and … Read more

2018 Powell Street Festival Lineup

We are thrilled to announce the lineup of performers for the 42nd annual Powell Street Festival featuring a wide variety of local and international talent. One of the many musical highlights is virtuoso percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, who, along with the Nakatani Gong Orchestra (a 14-person gong ensemble), kicks off his B.C. tour at the festival. … Read more

Karakasa Obake

Karakasa Obake Karakasa Obake installation is the winner of the 3rd Annual Design Competition for Powell Street Festival Society. The submission was created by Simon Fraser University art students: Jana Ghimire, Phoebe Huang, Haylee Marx, Elisha Wang, and Carmen Wong.  The team has been awarded a $1000 prize, a production budget, and mentorship from Revery Architecture and Abaton Projects.    The Karakasa Obake installation is an … Read more

Volunteer Applications are Now Open!!

The Powell Street Festival is a unique festival in that it celebrates so many aspects of the community in an inclusive, accessible and respectful environment. We rely on hundreds of volunteers to make this festival the wonderful event that it is! Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet new friends, spend time with friends and … Read more