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 all of the activities, times, and locations, as well as artist bios, Food Booth menus, Craft and Marketplace items for sale, and everything you’d want to know about this year’s Festival. You can also grab just the Festival 2017 Schedule (PDF, 1MB) to see a summary of all that’s going on on Sat, Aug 5th and Sun, Aug 6th.

You can also see the full schedule and read about our artists online.

The Powell Street Festival, the largest Japanese Canadian festival in the country and Metro Vancouver’s longest running community arts festival, will return for its 41st year on August 5 & 6, 2017 from 11:30am – 7:00pm daily. The festival is centered at Oppenheimer Park (400 Block, Powell Street) and surrounding streets (Jackson and Dunlevy Avenues, Alexander Street) and venues – the Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova Street), Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall (475 Alexander Street) and Vancouver Buddhist Temple (220 Jackson Avenue).

This year’s lineup of dozens of performers is an eclectic mix of local and international talent. One of the many highlights include performances from the dynamic duo George & Noriko – a Japanese blues cowboy and Tsugaru shamisen player from Melbourne, Australia who will play an additional performance with local musicians Bernie Arai and Brian Minato. Other acts include Ensemble Liberta who will bring their classical Japanese instruments all the way from Japan, live calligraphy by Kisyuu, and a mix of Taiko groups including California’s JODAIKO.

Many thanks to John Endo Greenaway and everyone at The Bulletin and the Greater Vancouver JCCA for all their help with the Powell Street Festival program.