Buddhist temple near Oppenheimer Park hosts fundraiser, as Powell Street Fest relocates again

As the Vancouver Buddhist Temple attempts to bounce back from a tough year across from Oppenheimer Park, the country’s largest Japanese-Canadian festival won’t be returning to the Downtown Eastside park this summer.

Powell Street Festival executive director Emiko Morita confirms that for the second year in a row, Vancouver’s longest-running community arts celebration will be held outside of Oppenheimer Park, which has been home to a tent city encampment since October 2018.

In 2019, festival organizers decided to relocate the event to the surrounding streets so as not to displace people living in the park.

Vancouver’s Japanese community has deep ties to the historic DTES neighbourhood where Japanese-Canadians lived prior to their forced removal by the Canadian government. The festival chose to utilize the space around Oppenheimer Park out of respect for its current residents.

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