The Hapa-Palooza Festival is going great! lots of media and great talent.
Last night's showcase The Sir James Mix-A-Lot Cabaret featured Kokoro Dance, Zhambai Trio, First Ladies Crew, and Green Tara. Contact juggler Chris Murdoch did a great job as MC @ the Roundhouse.
I gave a welcome and explained the history of the festival origins and why we recognized Sir James Douglas – our first Gov. of BC, as a Hapa. He was born in Guyana to a Scots Father and a Creole Free Black Mother, and his wife Ameilia awas Metis. He was a visionary that saw British Columbia as a land where people could come from all over the world and live in harmony. That was in 1858.
Check it out today at Robson Square – lots more music, art, and community booths.
12:30 to 6pm
I will have a booth for Gung Haggis Fat Choy – celebrating both the
dinner and dragon boat team, and other Gung Haggis activities…
If you came to the 2011 Gung Haggis Fat Choy Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner in January – you will recognize Celtic Fiddler Jocelyn Pettit, and co-host Tetsuro Shigematsu and Jenna Chow, film maker Jeff Chiba Stearns (One Big Hapa Family), and past performers co-host/singer Margaret Gallagher and rap singer Ndidi Cascade.