Powell Street Festival 2011

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The 35th Annual Powell Street Festival in Japantown (yes we have a Japantown, it’s just ignored completely) takes place July 30th -31st. All daytime events are free from all to attend.

The Powell Street Festival is the largest Japanese Canadian festival and the longest running community 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 Festival continues its 4th year of the Zero Waste Challenge, as well as a Free Bike Valet for all festival attendees.

WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS:

Reading by Nina Matsumoto, the Eisner Award-winning artist behind the Yokaiden manga series currently completing artwork for The Last Airbender: Zuko’s Story * World premiere of Tashme Project by Julie Tamiko Manning (QC) and Matt Miwa (ON), a theatrical retelling of stories from the Tashme internment camp set in an intimate kitchen * Cross-cultural collaboration between Chibi Taiko (BC) and the Aboriginal Youth Drumming Group Spakwus Slulum (BC) * Sei Trio, an international musical exchange featuring Yuki Isami (Japan), Keiko Devaux (QC), and Vivien Nishi (BC) * Performances by Canadian emcee Nish Raawks (ON), energetic dance troupe the 605 Collective (BC), experimental jazz band Robots on Fire (BC), electro-acoustic group Densabi (BC), and many more *

OTHER FESTIVAL EVENTS

NIKASAYA AND GOH NAKAMURA
Friday, July 29th, 8:00pm
Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy $15/$10
NikaSaya (Japan)—the freewheeling vocal duo featuring Saya Onodera (from Tenniscoats) and Nikaido Kazumi—shares the bill with San Francisco-based songwriter Goh Nakamura.

MADE IN JAPAN: JEREMY ISAO SPEIER
Presented with BLIM Arts
BLIM, July 29-August 28 2011
In Made in Japan, Jeremy Isao Speier heralds consumer electronics of the 1970’s and the pre-digital age. Speier investigates the loss of space and the transformation from analog to digital.

More information online at http://www.powellstreetfestival.com.

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