[FIRST LOOK] is where we introduce a new pop-up for the very first time. It's now in our Upcoming calendar and should be in yours too.
Now in its fourth year, #Hapapalooza is Canada's largest festival celebrating and stimulating awareness of mixed heritage and hybrid identity. Held annually in Vancouver, the six-day festival is a vibrant fusion of community, music, literary, artistic and film performances celebrating mixed heritage and hybrid identity. The festival embraces the Hawaiian word 'Hapa' as a broad term for people identifying as having mixed heritage. Hosted by the Hybrid Ancestry Public Arts (HAPA) Society, #Hapapalooza features an unprecedented array of mixed-heritage artist in film, music, visual, and literary arts.
This year's #Hapapalooza Festival Central is in Vancouver's Chinatown neighbourhood. It will be hosted at "The Lodge" on 230 E. Pender, just east of Main St.
The #Hapapalooza pop-up space will be home to 'Hyphen', an art exhibition featuring talented Hapa photographer Hana Pesut, and Hapa artists Jana Sasaki, Nargis Dhirani, and Sunokosi Maya (apparently, 'Hapa' also means that your parents give you get the coolest names in town). It's also festival central for information on other programming and events throughout the week, and a place to purchase festival and artist merchandise.
It's part art gallery and part info centre and part festival gift shop.
What can you expect? Well, to start there's the 'Hyphen' gallery with works from Hapa artists. There are DVDs from Documentary and Animation Filmmaker Jeff Chiba Sterns including One Big Hapa Family (2010), What Are You Anyways? (2005), and The Yellow Sticky Notes Collection (2007, 2013) and several books by author Kip Fulbeck. There's also an artist talk on Saturday, September 27 at 1pm.
The #Hapapalooza Festival Central is open daily from noon to 6pm, and Hyphen gallery opening is Friday September 26 at 7pm.
From top to bottom: works by Dhirani, Maya, Sasaki, and Pesut.