Canada’s Largest Celebration of Mixed Heritage & Hybrid Identity
September 23-28, 2014
Now in its fourth year, Hapa-palooza Festival is Canada’s largest festival celebrating and stimulating awareness of mixed heritage and hybrid identity. Held annually in Vancouver, a diverse city that celebrates hybridity, synergy and acceptance, Hapa-palooza Festival embraces the word ‘Hapa,’ of Hawaiian origins, as a broad term for people identifying as having mixed heritage. Hosted by the Hybrid Ancestry Public Arts (HAPA) Society, Hapa-palooza Festival features an unprecedented array of mixed-heritage artists in the mediums of film, music, visual and literary arts. In venues chosen for central and easy access by public transportation, Hapa-palooza welcomes all people to 7 FREE public events during its festival September 23 to 28, 2014.
This year, Hapa-palooza will honour three remarkable community leaders of mixed heritage by presenting the first ever Hapa-palooza Hip Hapa Hooray! awards reception. This year’s recipients include the Youth
Achievement Award presented to Ann Makosinski (inventor of the hollow flashlight that runs on human heat and 2013 Google Science Fair winner), Community Builder Award presented to Kip Fulbeck (awardwinning
US artist, activist, actor and author) and the Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Fred Wah (Governor General’s Award Winner and Canada’s fifth Parliamentary Poet Laureate).