April 3, 2012

Hapapalooza 2011

Hapa-Palooza: A Vancouver Celebration of Mixed-Roots Arts and Ideas is a new cultural festival that celebrates the city’s identity as a place of hybridity, synergy and acceptance.  Between September 7 and 10, 2011, the Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop's own Anna Ling Kaye with an amazing group of artists launched an amazing weekend of events.

This 4-day festival featured a vibrant fusion of music, dance, literary, artistic and film performances to celebrate Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary and hybrid cultural identities.   Highlights included MIXED VOICES RAISED, a literary panel with Fred Wah, Joanne Arnott and Tanya Evanson; MIXED FLICKS, a film night and actors’ panel curated by filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns; The SIR JAMES DOUGLAS MIX-A-LOT CABARET, an evening of mixed entertainment with Kokoro Dance, Chris Murdoch, Zhambai Trio, First Ladyz Crew, Green TaRA; HAPA-PALOOZA IN THE SQUARE, featuring two free concerts (Youth Stage and Festival Finale), an art exhibit and community fair at Robson Square.

 To read how it all began in the offices of ACWW, please go here!  Stay tuned for news on Hapapalooza 2012.