A Family’s Guide to Hapa-Palooza 2015

Posted by Christine Kim & filed under Film, Parenting.

Check out this jam packed weekend the entire family can enjoy and begin to look forward to every year!
Check out this jam packed weekend the entire family can enjoy and begin to look forward to every year!

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Hapa-Palooza is a yearly festival organized by the Hybrid Ancestry Public Arts Society (HAPAS) that seeks to bridge worlds, gather communities and celebrate diverse ancestry.

It is the very first mixed roots festival in Canada and is the largest of its kind in the entire world. Clearly, this is one event of the fall you do not want to miss!

But, alas, being a parent, sibling, and/or child, it seems taking a full four days to enjoy the festival by yourself is unreasonable given the responsibilities you have to spend quality time with the family.

Luckily, Schema has got you covered.

Here is a day by day breakdown of all things Hapa-Palooza and how each day has something in store for a different member of your family.

Day 1 | Mixed Voices Raised

This is an event the entire family would enjoy. Hapa-palooza is celebrating its 5th anniversary in Vancouver and to kick off this commemorative year, it will be hosting a night of storytelling. Everyone loves a good story but what marks a good story may differ from person to person. Fortunately, the lineup of storytellers for Mixed Voices Raised is so diverse there is bound to be something for everyone. Don’t believe me? You can check out the lineup of actors, pro snowboarders, comedians, musicians, authors and more, here.

Day 2 | The Book of Negroes, An Evening With Lawrence Hill

This is an event the university/college student would enjoy. Award winning author, Lawrence Hill http://lawrencehill.com, will be speaking at Goldcorps Centre for the Arts on Sept 17 about not only his writing career, but also about his ventures into television and broadcasting. For really anyone in the family interested in learning more about a career in creative writing, as well as, this notable author’s new book release, be sure to mark the date down in the calendar for a thought-provoking night.

Day 3 | Hip Hapa Hooray!

This is an event the teenager would enjoy. Hip Hapa Hooray is an awards night that features live music by Vancouver artists, David Morin and DJ Yurle. These two artists produce sick beats and chill vibes bound to create an atmosphere fitting for the statement, “TGIF!”

Day 4 | Raising Mixed Kids: Parenting Workshop with Sharon Chang

This is an event the parents would enjoy, which seems like an obvious statement given the title of the day. However, to elaborate, parents would benefit most from this event because of the topics this workshop tackles. Topics like how to best communicate with children amidst a generational and cultural gap will be addressed by the keynote speaker, Sharon Chang.

Day 5 | Hapa Family Day in the Park

This is an event the entire family would enjoy. In fact, if you had to pick one day out of all five to bring your family to, this is it. The day is full of live music, dance, interactive art activities, face painting, and so much more, all in the spirit of celebrating mixed race ancestries. It is a free public event and will be happening at the Granville Island Picnic Pavilion from 1pm-4pm.

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Do check out this jam packed weekend the entire family can enjoy and begin to look forward to every year!

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