39th Annual Festival
The 39th Annual Powell Street Festival
Saturday, August 1st & Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
11:30am to 7:00pm
Oppenheimer Park (400 block of Powell Street)
Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Street)
Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall (475 Alexander Street)
Vancouver Buddhist Temple (220 Jackson Avenue)
Centre A (229 E. Georgia Street)
View our online 2015 Festival Schedule.
Powell Street Festival, Canada’s largest festival of Japanese arts and culture, celebrates its 39th year with a weekend jam-packed with live performances, martial arts, beautiful crafts, and delicious Japanese food! This year we’re thrilled to present a diverse extravaganza that juggles the traditional and cutting edge: in addition to Festival staples like Sumo Fun Club, Omikoshi, Tanko Bushi, Sakura Singers, and a wide array of martial arts, we’re pleased to present Cuban inspired pianist Niho Takase; monster jazz drummer Bernie Arai; avant-garde muse Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa; Calgary-based movement artist Mark Ikeda; Butoh-inspired sensation Kokoro Dance; comedy troupe Assaulted Fish; and our mega-taiko event, Against The Current, featuring the combined forces of Katari Taiko, Sawagi Taiko, Sansho Daiko, and Chibi Taiko. Powell Street Festival will also host a number of events that explore the rich and complex history of the many communities who have called the Downtown Eastside home: in addition to our Powell Street Historical Walking Tours, given throughout the weekend by Nikkei National Museum, we’re proud to present Labour Landscapes: A Storytelling Walk, which explores the multicultural labour history of the DTES; and Nikkei Stories of Powell Street: a film/new media project that brings to life the historical Japanese Canadian presence in the Powell Street area.