The crowd at the 2010 Festival, by Aki Mimoto.
The Powell Street Festival is the largest Japanese Canadian festival in the country and the longest running community arts celebration in Vancouver! Enjoy traditional and contemporary Japanese Canadian performances and demonstrations, including taiko drumming, sumo wrestling, martial arts, bonsai and ikebana, folk and modern dance, alternative pop/rock/urban music, visual arts, film/video, as well as historical walking tours, tea ceremonies, and a fantastic array of Japanese food, crafts, & displays.
The 41st Annual Powell Street Festival
Saturday, August 5 & Sunday, August 6, 2017
11:30am to 7:00pm
Oppenheimer Park (400 block of Powell Street) and surrounding streets
Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova Street)
Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall (475 Alexander Street)
Vancouver Buddhist Temple (220 Jackson Avenue)
The Powell Street Festival is the largest Japanese Canadian festival in the country and the longest running community arts celebration in Vancouver.
This year’s extravaganza includes a new interactive installation entitled “Macro Maki”, a special presentation on Japan’s Third Gender, a panel with two of Haruki Murakami’s top translators, and a performance by the dynamic duo George and Noriko – a Japanese blues cowboy and Tsugaru samisen player from Melbourne, Australia.
Spatial Poetics IX in July 2010 taken by Noah Photography.
The Powell Street Festival Society has an annual season of events and partner with other organizations throughout the year. This expansion of programs allows us to collaborate with other organizations, artists and communities outside of the festival weekend. We are also able to present in other venues and areas of the city and outreach to new audiences.