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Powell Street Festival 2013 in Review

By Kristen Lambertson

2013 was by far one of our busiest years ever! 2013 included Orientique at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Gardens – an evening of dance, musical performance and fashion; Kibatsu Cinema at the Cinema- theque; Digi-Art by Kaori Kasai–digital art work- shops for children; Oppenheimer art workshops for the DTES community, and the 12th edition of Spatial Poetics, all in addition to our Sake Fundrais- er and the Powell Street Festival. The 37th year of our Festival was a bustling affair with our expanded Jackson Avenue.

Our Champion-themed line-up included a taiko and breakdancing collaboration between Tetsu Taiko and the Deadbeat Ninjas, loop-pedal sensation Doug Koyama from Quesnel, minyo, electronic music and motion graphics performer Omodaka from Japan; and a screening of Mitch Miyagawa’s film “A Sorry State,” as well as a discussion between Miyagawa and Chief Robert Joseph from Reconciliation Canada on the legacy of Federal apologies to Japanese Canadians and Aboriginals. PSFS presented much more at the Festival, and also collaborated with Queer Arts Festival on the co-presentation of an entrancing performance by Yamantaka // Sonic Titan and on the presentation of Canada’s first lesbian opera.

All of this could have not have happened without the support of our partners, sponsors, donors, volunteer, performers and craft, com-
munity, martial arts and display participants. A special thank you goes out to our excellent production team, including Administrative As- sistants Janice Wu, Production Coordinator Heidi Nutley, Volunteer Coordinator Philip MacMahon, and Communications Manager Sabrina Furminger.
And of course a huge thank you the board and all our committees—including our committed Advocacy and Programming Committees, who work throughout the year to make it all happen.