Powering the Powell Street Festival

Celebrate the nation that gave the world sushi, origami, Pocky, karate, Nintendo, and many more… In its thirty-fifth year, the Powell Street Festival Society (PSFS) is once again taiko drumming up its highly-anticipated Japanese Canadian arts, culture and heritage festival. Featuring “something for everyone,” the festival will be held in Oppenheimer Park on July 30 – 31, 2011 (BC Day long weekend), and visitors can expect to enjoy “dance, music, film and video, visual arts, martial arts demos, amateur sumo tournament, craft vendors, traditional displays, and of course, tons of scrumptious Japanese food.”

As with any community event, volunteers play a tremendous role in coordinating and helping out with the Powell Street Festival, and it’s not too late to join in on the fun. Some opportunities listed on the website include:

  – Hospitality

  – Children’s tent

  – Environment

  – Stage crew

  – Site crew

  – Drivers

  – Poster distribution

  – And more!

Here’s how to get started:

  – If you’re interested in volunteering for the festival for the first time, please email a completed volunteer application form (which can be found on the festival website) to Wentao at volunteer@powellstreetfestival.com.

  – Returning volunteers are not required to fill out the form.

  – Discuss shifts by emailing the address provided above or by calling the PSFS office at 604-739-9388.

The festival is coming up just around the corner, so be sure to fill out that volunteer application right away. For the lazy volunteer-wannabe’s Celine addressed in her article, Top 4 Excuses Why Students Don’t Volunteer, here is a great chance to get active and involved this summer. Remember, volunteering is a fantastic way to learn the fundamentals, so we leave with you one more piece of advice, just as Mr. Miyagi once taught young Daniel: “Wax on, wax off.”

By Amanda Chen