The show must go on!
After some rapid reorganizing, we are excited to finally announce our new site plans for the 38th Annual Powell Street Festival this weekend, August 1 – 3!
This year’s Festival has shifted to nearby Alexander Street (between Princess and Dunlevy) and Jackson Avenue (between Railway and Cordova), ensuring that we remain in Vancouver’s historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood. The Powell Street Festival is now a car-free Block Party spanning four city blocks with Alexander Street and Jackson Avenue as its central hub. We are happy to announce that this means we will stay in close proximity to all of our traditional indoor venues.
Previously scheduled outdoor performances will move to the open air Diamond Stage on Alexander Street and to the indoor stage at the Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall (475 Alexander). The Japanese Hall will also be the site for the ever popular Sumo tournament and all of the martial arts demonstrations. Craft, market and community booths as well as the Children’s Tent will radiate from the intersection of Alexander and Jackson. Food booths, including new vendors selling ramen and Japanese style hotdogs, will now run along Jackson.
Most of the performances, vendors and activities at the 38th Annual Powell Street Festival will continue as planned on August 1 – 3, with some minor location and scheduling changes. Please see our revised schedule and map for more information.
All programming originally scheduled for the Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova Street) and Centre A (229 E. Georgia Street) will continue unchanged, as well as our opening night launch concert at Electric Owl (926 Main Street) this Friday (August 1). The Parallel Paths presentation has moved to the Vancouver Buddhist Temple (220 Jackson Avenue) from the Japanese Hall.