Powell Street Festival Telethon
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 Powell Street Festival is the largest JC festival in the country and the longest running community arts celebration in Vancouver! Our mission is to cultivate Japanese Canadian arts and culture to connect communities. We thrive on and encourage community engagement, collaboration, and accessibility. That is why we offer space to Downtown Eastside Organizations among our community booths at the festival. Outside of our festival, we play an active role throughout the year in uplifting the DTES community. Through our Advocacy and Outreach Committee we help facilitate events such as workshops, free lunches, and artistic collaborations.
Regrettably, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of the 44th Annual Powell Street Festival as a physical gathering. But the spirit of the festival lives on in our online Telethon August 1, 2020. The Telethon will be streamed on our website and will feature appearances from local JC artists, vendors and booths, and community stakeholders who are the heart of the festival. In addition, our website will host an online directory to highlight our food/craft/community booths and marketplace vendors.
100% of the Telethon proceeds will go toward our PowellStFest Community Kitchen program. Starting in the fall of 2020, each week four peers from the neighbourhood will be employed to cook 200 meals for the unhoused and precariously housed in the DTES. The meals fill the gap of insufficient food for low-income community and the cooking program provides an opportunity for people to cook together, learn new skills, and build community. This not only provides a positive mental health experience but gives people the sense of gratification and steady income.
With your support, we will rally to bring well-being to the DTES! Now is the time to show our collective resilience, solidarity, and community care to support those in need during this challenging time.
We will be launching our online Telethon Pledge Campaign on July 1, 2020 on Canada Helps. If you would like to donate immediately, please visit our Canada Helps website and your donation will count as a pledge for the Telethon. More information about the campaign will be made available on our website in July. Please support by donating and consider becoming our monthly donor. We are a charitable organization and will be issuing tax receipts for donations.
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CONTACT: June Fukumura, Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator