Powell Street Festival 2013

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The 37th Annual Powell Street Festival is coming to Vancouver early August.

“The Powell Street Festival 2013 is the largest Japanese-Canadian festival in [Canada] 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 and urban music, visual arts, film/video, as well as historical walking tours, tea ceremonies, and a fantastic [variety] of Japanese food, crafts, & displays.”

The Powell Street Festival 2013 theme: the Champion. “This year, the Powell Street Festival celebrates artistic champions who have risen above an array of challenges in order to create dynamic works and build stronger communities. Look for Mitch Miyagawa’s film A Sorry State, which investigates the impact of the state apology on individuals who have borne the brunt of Canada’s colonial and racist past; a new work by taiko drummer Tiffany Tamaribuchi (United States of America) for Canada’s trailblazing taiko ensemble Katari Taiko (British Columbia); and a stirring debut performance of the butoh-flavoured Pond by dance artist Tomomi Morimoto (Quebec).”

The weekend’s highlights include: “A reading by Governor General shortlisted author Mariko Tamaki (Ontario), author of Skim and (You) Set Me on Fire; Omodaka, a multimedia project led by Soichi Terada (Japan) that mixes Minyo (Japanese traditional-flavored folk song) and electronic music with motion graphics; performances by Polaris shortlisted psychedelic noh-wave opera group Yamantaka // Sonic Titan (Quebec/Ontario), Robson 800 Crew (British Columbia), Rhythm Recall (British Columbia), Tetsu Taiko with Dead Beat Ninjas (British Columbia), improvisation loop-pedal sensation Doug Koyama (British Columbia), indie dream pop performer Ohara (Quebec), Spring (British Columbia), and dancer Aretha Aoki (British Columbia); and the second year of the Jackson Avenue Block Party performance space and marketplace.”

The 37th Annual Powell Street Festival Events are:

Festival Launch with Omodaka
Friday, August 2, 2013, 8 p.m.
Instant Coffee Workplace
“Soichi Terada, the electro producer of Omodaka combines traditional minyo (folk music) with contemporary electronic sounds performed in tandem to projected videos. The mask-wearing chip-tune enthusiast plucks live melodies from modified video game hand-helds to create live performances of bleeps and blips with traditional Japanese singing. Limited seating and by donation.”

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan
Saturday, August 3, 2013, 8 p.m.
Roundhouse Community Centre
“Yamantaka // Sonic Titan are a psychedelic noh-wave opera group fusing noise, metal, pop and folk music into a multidisciplinary hyper-orientalist cesspool of East-meets-West culture clash in giant monochrome paper sets. Founded in late 2007 by performance artists Alaska B and Ruby Kato Attwood, YT // ST is an Asian, Indigenous and Diasporic Art Collective that was shortlisted for the 2012 Polaris Prize. Presented in partnership with Queer Arts Festival.”

***Tickets are $5 for youth (24 and under); the early bird rate, and rate for students, seniors and members, is $20; tickets purchased at the door will cost $25. Pre-show tickets can be purchased here.

When the Sun Comes Out, commissioned by the Queer Arts Festival and co-presented by the Powell Street Festival
Monday, August 5, 2013; Wednesday, August 7, 2013; and Friday, August 9 at 7:30 p.m. each day
Roundhouse Community Centre
“A story of forbidden love, divided loyalties and culture clash unfolds in When the Sun Comes Out. This lesbian opera explores the oppression that queers face and the risks they take, in nations where homosexuality is illegal. Written by composer Leslie Uyeda and poet Rachel Rose. Directed by James Fagan Tait. Featuring Teiya Kasahara, Julia Morgan and Aaron Durand.”

***Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Tickets can be purchased here.

And environmentally friendly Vancouverites will be pleased to hear (or rather, read) this: as part of the festival’s ongoing effort to reduce their carbon footprint and encourage a greener form of transportation, the festival will be going into its 6th year of the Zero Waste Challenge, and they’ll be offering a Free Bike Valet service for all Powell Street Festival 2013 attendees.

Powell Street Festival 2013 Event Information

Date: Saturday, August 3, 2013 and Sunday, August 4, 2013
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. (each day)

Locations:

Cost: Nothing! All events on August 3 and 4 at the above locations are free!

For more information, visit: www.powellstreetfestival.com. You could also ‘like’ their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

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