Hapa-palooza Festival 2015

Wednesday, September 16
Mixed Voices Raised  

7pm   Free Event

The opening event of the 5th anniversary of Hapa-palooza Festival brings an electric evening of stories that shape us, curated by award-winning filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns. Seven storytellers including actor Patrick Gallagher (Night at the Museum/Glee), story teller and playwright Sharon Shorty, comedian Sean Devlin, musician Buckman Coe and authors Brandy Worrall, Anna Ling Kaye and Chelene Knight share true tales of the shaping of their hybrid-identities. This event is the launch of Hapa-palooza Festival, the largest arts festival in Canada celebrating mixed heritage.

Vancouver Public Library,  350 W.Georgia St., Vancouver  BC

Regular $17 (+ $3 S/C)
VIP Front Row $25 (+ $3.25 S/C)


With Lawrence Hill and Margaret Gallagher
What are the highs and lows of transforming a critically acclaimed best-selling novel into a major television mini-series? What is it like to write dialogue for Cuba Gooding Jr.? How do mixed race origins lead to an inspired creative career exploring issues of identity and belonging? Join Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes, and CBC Hot Air radio host Margaret Gallagher in an evening of stimulating thought, rich revelations and intimate conversation.

Margaret Gallagher is an award-winning CBC radio host and passionate community advocate who can be found hosting events from the International Jazz Festival to Asian Heritage Month. She is of Indonesian-Chinese and Irish heritage.

Copies of Lawrence Hill’s books including his new release The Illegal will be available for sale and author-signing.

Goldcorps Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver BC

admission by Donation

Hip Hapa Hooray!  is Hapa-palooza Festival's 5th anniversary celebration and Awards Night, which recognizes outstanding community members of mixed heritage. This year's Hapa-palooza award recipients are:

Join us and our award-recipients for an evening of music and celebration! Featuring live music with Vancouver artist David Morin and tunes with DJ Yurie.

Fortune Sound Club, 147 E. Pender St., Vancouver BC

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Heartwood Community Cafe


Sharon H. Chang author | scholar | activist

How do we have transformative race conversations with multi-racial children when most grownups aren't even able to so with each other? Is it possible to create an environment for mixed children that leaves them liberated, informed, and empowered to make change? Research shows children as young as 6 months old are able to categorize people by race. By 4 and 5-years-old children have used racial reasoning to discriminate against their peers. Studies also shows children's biased attitudes are not directly correlated to those of their parents and caregivers. That's because our children see and hear everything and racism is woven into the very fabric of society. But what does all this mean for mixed race children growing up across racial boundaries? How can we raise multiracial kids to feel good about themselves in a raced world? Please join Hapa-palooza Festival and parent educator Sharon H. Chang for the North American launch of her new book, Raising Mixed Race, and to dialogue on ways we can healthily talk about race with our mixed children at a time in their lives when it's most critical.

Heartwood Community Cafe, 317 E. Broadway, Vancouver BC


Sunday, September 20
Hapa Family Day in the Park!

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Granville Island Picnic Pavilion
Free Public Event | Rain or Shine!

Join us for a day of family fun! Bring down a blanket and picnic and meet the other beautiful families in our community celebrating mixed ancestries and cultural heritage.

Wonderful music by Kutapira & dance, family yoga with Patty Javier Gomez, an interactive art piece with Nargis Dhirani, face-painting, ultimate balloon art by Ultimate Balloon Master Michael Ouchi, and other family fun!

Granville Island Picnic Pavilion is next to the Water Park, Granville Island Community Centre and playground, 1318 Cartwright St., Vancouver BC