• Banner of Powell Street Festival Telethon 2020

    Announcing: Powell Street Festival Telethon on August 1, 2020 from 2pm –7pm  

    Celebrate Japanese Canadian culture while giving back to your community! Join us for a LIVE online telethon August 1, 2020 from 2pm – 7pm to watch live performances, highlights from previous festivals, appearances from festival vendors, and so much more. Tune in with your family and friends to experience the spirit of the festival right from your home! The Powell Street Festival Society (PSFS) produces the annual Japanese Canadian (JC) outdoor festival that takes place in the historic JC neighbourhood, Paueru Gai located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Side (DTES). The… More ›

  • Winners of the 5th Annual Public Art and Design Competition for Powell Street Festival Announced 

    Vancouver, BC (Monday, May 4, 2020) – UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture students Shaheed H. Karim and Amy Wu are the winners of the 5th Annual Public Art and Design Competition for Powell Street Festival Society. The team has been awarded a $1000 prize for their proposal titled Go Kingyo, a production budget, and mentorship from Revery Architecture and Abaton Projects.  The Go Kingyo installation takes inspiration from the goldfish which, in Japan, is a symbol of… More ›

  • Mask Making Workshop

    Mask Making Workshop – Accessible Skills Building Using Materials in Your Home in partnership with the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation Wednesday, May 20th, 2-3 PM, RSVP: Eventbrite  Laura Fukumoto will be leading a free and interactive Zoom workshop making durable reusable face coverings from everyday items found around the home – no sewing skills required!  Wearing a mask is… More ›

  • Pulling Together

    Dear Powell Street Festival friends and family: maintaining community connection and drawing on our individual and collective strengths is essential during this turbulent time. We are committed to employing safe and innovative ways to connect and support communities through Japanese Canadian (JC) arts and culture. In the coming weeks and months, we will host online Town Hall Meetings to gather… More ›

  • Curatorial Applications for the 44th Powell Street Festival are Now OPEN 

    The Powell Street Festival Society is passionate about providing opportunities for new, emerging, mid-career and senior professional artists of Japanese heritage working in literary, visual, performing, new media, and inter- and community arts fields. If you are interested in curating a performance or program this year, please contact our Program Coordinator at samanthaatpowellstreetfestival.com with your CV/bio and proposed program details (type of program, duration, collaborators,… More ›

  • Hiring Festival Production Team: Production Associate, Production Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator – Applications due February 21, 2020

    JOB POSTING  The Powell Street Festival Society’s (PSFS) mission is to cultivate Japanese Canadian art and culture to connect communities. The main activity is producing the Powell Street Festival (PSF), an annual celebration of Japanese Canadian arts, music and culture in Vancouver’s historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood, Paueru Gai in the Downtown Eastside (DTES). With the support of over 250 volunteers, this two-day free event… More ›

  • Lessons from I-Hotel: A reading and conversation on a San Francisco SRO with Karen Tei Yamashita

    Friday, November 8 from 8-10pm  InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrall FREE In this conversation between author Karen Tei Yamashita and writer/community organizer Erica Hiroko Isomura, lessons and stories from I Hotel (Coffee House press, 2010) are discussed through the context of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a neighbourhood in which low-income, racialized, and stigmatized residents struggle for justice everyday…. More ›