Hapa-palooza Festival: September 7-10, 2011
A Vancouver Celebration of Mixed-Roots Arts + Ideas
This is an exciting idea whose time has come. The seeds were planted at the 2011 Gung Haggis Fat Choy Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner – which featured Hapa-Canadians Jeff Chiba Stearns, Jocelyn Pettit, Patrick Gallagher, and Jenna Chow as artists and co-hosts.
Following the end of the last singalong to Auld Lang Syne, some of our performers and organizers met and discussed the idea of a Hapa-oriented festival or event. ACWW directors Anna Ling Kaye and Tetsuro Shigematsu (co-host for the evening) were very enthusiastic.
It was Anna who followed up on the idea and quickly arranged a meeting with Jeff Chiba Stearns. Zarah helped her as they made an application for Vancouver 125 funding. I am very pleased that many of the performers featured have also been featured at past Gung Haggis Fat Choy events such as poet Fred Wah, fiddler Jocelyn Pettit and film makers Jeff Chiba Stearns and Ann Marie Fleming.
Thursday, September 8th, 7:00 –
Location: Alice McKay Room
Vancouver Public Library Central Branch
Explorations of mixed identity in film with mixed actors panel and film
screenings with Q&A from the filmmakers!
Friday, September 9th, 7:00 –
Location: Roundhouse Performance Space
THE SIR JAMES DOUGLAS MIX-A-LOT CABARET
A delightful evening of mixed entertainment and celebration!
* tickets available at hapapalooza.com
ART EXHIBITION and COMMUNITY FAIR
Installations by mixed artists and booths from community partners and
12:30 to 2:45pm
Amazing performances by mixed talent of the future!