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About the Season

Powell Street Festival Society’s programming includes a season of events (from October – July each year) and partnerships with other organizations throughout the year. This expansion of programs allows us to collaborate with other organizations, artists and communities that we wouldn’t normally have the capacity to during our festival weekend. We are also able to present in other venues and areas of the city and outreach to new audiences.

Season events include visual arts exhibits, performance events (like Spatial Poetics), concert series and film screenings.

March 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm :: Member’s Only Party at 66 W. Cordova Street
Following our Annual General Meeting  at 6:30 pm at 111 West Hastings Street

promotional image of block printed dress and water for Spatial Poetics XVI: KIYO生き残り

Spatial Poetics XVI: KIYO生き残り

Honouring the living memory of invisible lives
Sat, 8 July 2017, 7:30 PM
Vancouver Buddhist Temple, 220 Jackson Avenue

Presented by Powell Street Festival Society in association with the O k’inādās Collective
Curated by MARK TAKESHI MCGREGOR and EMIKO MORITA
Created and Performed by AYUMI GOTO, MARK HANEY, JULIE TAMIKO MANNING, and LISA C. RAVENSBERGEN
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Advance Tickets – $12, Tickets at the Door – $15

Spatial Poetics, the Powell Street Festival Society’s annual evening of experimental performance pieces, returns July 8, 2017 for its sixteenth year with “Spatial Poetics XVI: KIYO 生き残り (Honouring the living memory of invisible lives).” In Spatial Poetics, artists are invited to create new performances together and encouraged to work beyond their usual disciplines.

Spatial Poetics XVI: KIYO生き残り is a multi-disciplinary, one-on-one performance commemorating the lives of the invisible. Using the little-documented life of picture-bride Kiyoko Tanaka-Goto as a starting point—and considering the time and space that their own bodies occupy on unceded Coast Salish territories— artists Ayumi Goto, Mark Haney, Lisa C. Ravensbergen and Julie Tamiko Manning invite the audience to witness their tribute to Kiyo’s untold, but familiar story of determination and survival through her defiance of cultural, gender and societal expectations.

Find out more about KIYO

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