Hapa-Palooza: A Vancouver Celebration of Mixed-Roots Arts and Ideas

Dec 19 2017, 5:06 am

Calling all halfers, this festival is for you! Featuring a vibrant fusion of music, dance, literary, artistic and film performances from September 7-10th, 2011.  Hapa-palooza is Vancouver’s first festival celebrating mixed roots arts and ideas. As part of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary Celebration, our event is a cultural festival that celebrates the city’s identity as a place of hybridity, synergy and acceptance. Hapa-Palooza places prominence on celebrating and stimulating awareness of mixed-roots identity, especially amongst youth.

Created for everyone whose family roots reach across cultures, Hapa-palooza Festival brings an unprecedented array of mixed-heritage artists in the mediums of dance, film, music, visual and literary arts. In venues chosen for central and easy access by public transportation, Hapa-palooza Festival welcomes all people to 3 FREE public events, and a ticketed cabaret evening.

Hapa-palooza Festival’s mandate is to foster community and dialogue among people identifying as having mixed heritage and to generate public awareness around topics related to mixed heritage. Hapa-palooza Festival is dedicated to creating positive role models for the next generation of mixed youth.

Hapa-palooza is proud to present a multitude of events:

MIXED VOICES RAISED: Writers, Poets and Spoken Word Artists in Dialogue

Vancouver Public Library Central Branch, Alice McKay Room, Wed. Sept. 7th, 7:00-8:30 pm



Writers Fred Wah, Joanne Arnott, and Tanya Evanson engage the audience in mixed root dialogue and share their literary expression in fiction, poetry and spoken-word performance. Prepare to come away with several new favourite authors.
MIXED FLICKS: Explorations of Mixed Identity in Film

Vancouver Public Library Central Branch, Alice McKay Room, Thu. Sept. 8th, 7:00-9:00 pm



Film-maker Jeff Chiba Stearns (One Big Hapa Family) hosts a mixed actors’ panel discussing mixed representation in media followed by short film screenings with filmmaker Q&A. Esteemed guests include film-maker Anne-Marie Fleming and actor Alessandro Juliani.

Roundhouse Performance Space, Fri., Sept. 9th, 7:00pm-10:00pm


Experience mixed expression in an intimate setting featuring the talents of Jay Hirabayashi (Kokoro Dance), Chris Murdoch (contact juggler), Zhambai Trio Navaro Franco, Kurai Mbwaia and Curtis Andrews (West African mbira), First Ladyz Crew (First Nations hip hop), and Green Tara (funk-jazz fusion singer).

TICKETED EVENT: available at www.hapapalooza.com


Robson Square, Sat., Sept. 10th, 12:30-7 pm


A vibrant outdoor community event, featuring:

Art Exhibition and Community Fair (12:30-7pm) An art exhibit featuring local mixed artists Ella Cooper, Afuwa Granger and Michael Tora Speier, and informational booths of our vibrant community partners, including a donor drive by Mixed Marrow and OneMatch.

Youth Stage (12:30-2:45pm) Amazing performances by mixed talent of the future! MC’d by CBC’s Margaret Gallagher, experience tomorrow’s sensations: the Whitredge Brothers (jazz duo), the Jocelyn Petite Band (Celtic fiddle) and Chibi Taiko (youth drum ensemble).

Festival Finale (3:30-7pm) Opening by Elder Larry Grant of the Musqueam First Nation and Tso’kam (Coast Salish singers), followed by Kathara (indigenous Filipino dance troupe), Ndidi Cascade and Deanna Teeple (hip hop), and Kutapira (marimba group). MC’d by CBC’s Jenna Chow and Testuro Shigematsu (actor, radio broadcaster, comedian and filmmaker).

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