3rd Annual Design Competition – – Call for Entries!

3rd Annual Design Competition – – Call for Entries! Presented in partnership with Revery Architecture and Abaton Projects, students are invited to design an interactive artwork for the 42nd Anniversary Powell Street Festival, scheduled for August 4 and 5, 2018. The winning submission is awarded mentorship from Revery Architecture and Abaton Projects, and a commission … Read more

Audience Survey

Did you visit the Festival on August 5 or 6th and didn’t get a chance to fill out our audience survey??? Now is your chance! Tell us what you think and help improve the festival! This survey is anonymous and takes about seven minutes to fill out. This survey closes August 30.   FILL OUT … Read more

Pick up you Festival Program at these locations

Photo of 2017 Powell Street Festival programs

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 2017 Festival Program Guide (PDF, 9 MB) or the Festival 2017 Schedule (PDF, 1MB) to see a summary of all that’s going on on Sat, Aug 5th … Read more

Check out the 2017 Festival Program Guide

Photo of Shorinji Kempo at the 2016 Powell Street Festival by Kritstin Fuchihara

Photo of special guests, George and Noriko, a Japanese blues cowboy and a Tsugaru shamisen player from Melbourne, Australia Hot off the presses! The full line-up and schedule for the 41st Annual Powell Street Festival has been published! You can download the entire 2017 Festival Program Guide (PDF, 9MB) containing the full Festival schedule with … 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

Announcing Our 2017 Powell Street Festival Lineup

Photo of Katie Malia from Almost Asian

Announcing Our 2017 Powell Street Festival Lineup Powell Street Festival Returns August 5th and 6th with Haruki Murakami’s Top Translators, Almost Asian’s Katie Malia, and a presentation on Japan’s Third Gender Musical highlights include Australia’s George & Noriko, Japan’s Ensemble Liberta and numerous taiko groups including California’s JODAIKO Download the entire 2017 Festival Program Guide … Read more

41st Annual Powell Street Festival

Saturday, August 5 & Sunday, August 6, 2017 11:30am to 7:00pm Oppenheimer Park (400 block of Powell Street) Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova Street) Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall (475 Alexander Street) Vancouver Buddhist Temple (220 Jackson Avenue) Download the entire 2017 Festival Program Guide (PDF, 9MB) or just the Festival 2017 … Read more

Festival Tee Pre-Sale

From now until May 24, go to our store to preorder your festival tee! Our Festival tees sell out every year, so if you preorder you can ensure that you will get one! Tees will be shipped after July 1st or your can pick them up at the festival site. Your pre-order will be at … Read more

Sumo! A Beginner’s Workshop

Sunday, May 7 from 1 to 4 pm Vancouver Buddhist Temple 220 Jackson Street, 2nd floor; doors at 12:30 pm Information: 604-739-9388 Pre-registration: admin@powellstreetfestival.com Learn the basic rules and techniques of sumo wrestling and participate in a mini-tournament (optional). No experience necessary. Free. All ages. Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and bring your own water … Read more

Macro Maki: Winner of the Design Competition

Photo of Macro Maki Installation

Macro Maki: Winner of the Design Competition Powell Street Festival Society is pleased to announce the winner of its design competition: “Macro Maki” invites festivalgoers to don pillow-sized sushi costumes and stage selfies on stage designed as an oversized wooden sushi tray. This quirky, interactive installation will be presented at the 41th annual Powell Street … Read more

CALL FOR PROPOSALS – Freelance Publicist

Powell Street Festival Society (PSFS) seeks a publicist on contract for the 41st Powell Street Festival and its lead-up events in May, June and July. The contract will start May 1st and conclude August 15, 2017. The contract must encompass the following responsibilities, however, PSFS is open to proposals that bring a vision of partnership … Read more

We’re Hiring!

photo of volunteers at the 2012 Powell Street Festival – by Noah Photography

ABOUT THE SOCIETY The Powell Street Festival Society’s (PSFS) mission is to cultivate Japanese Canadian arts and culture to connect communities. Our main activity is producing the Powell Street Festival (PSF) in Vancouver’s historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood. PSF is an annual celebration of Japanese Canadian arts and culture. It is the largest event of its … Read more

In Memoriam

Everyone at Powell Street Festival Society sends our deepest condolences to Bing Thom’s family and our friends at BTA. Bing Thom’s generous spirit and community sensibility permeates his firm and PSFS has benefited immensely. In an unique partnership to host the 2016 Design Competition, BTA used their goodwill within their industry to bring support to … Read more


Do you have any leftover yarn from knitting projects that you completed long ago, but you are still holding on to like my Obaasan?  Please donate your remnant yarn to a public art project to take place at this year’s Powell Street Festival.  No ball of yarn is too small!  Your remnant yarn will become part of … Read more

Q&A: Spatial Poetics XV

  Powell Street Festival Society presents Spatial Poetics XV on June 25th at Studio D SFU Woodwards (149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver). Now celebrating its fifteenth year, Spatial Poetics invites artists of different backgrounds (dance, theatre, performance art, music, etc) to collaborate in the creation of a new, multi-genre artistic work. This year Powell Street Festival artistic director Mark … Read more

The Koinobori · BTA Design Competition Winner!

The Koinobori · BTA Design Competition Winner! In the Interactive Zone in Oppenheimer Park Saturday & Sunday from 11:30am to 7:00pm 土曜日&日曜日、午前13時~午後7時 オッペンハイマー公園 The Powell Street Festival Society is pleased to announce the winner of its design competition! The winning design—“The Koinobori”—is an interactive installation inspired by traditional carp streamers. The design will be unveiled … Read more

Annual General Meeting

Thursday, February 25, 6:30 pm W Room, 5th Floor, Woodwards Building 111 West Hastings Street Come learn about our plans for the coming year! Meet our board and staff, ask about our various committees, and find out if there’s a role for you. If you are not already a member, the cost of a lifetime … Read more

Thank you to the Howard C. Green Memorial Fund

Powell Street Festival Society graciously thanks the Howard C. Green Memorial Fund for a generous contribution toward our 40th anniversary campaign. Howard C. Green, Conservative MP for Vancouver South from 1935 to 1963, was in support of the uprooting, and later the repatriation, of Japanese Canadians. In 2007, a federal building at 401 Burrard Street … Read more