Taste of Japan & VAFF

A few days ago the Kelowna-Kasugai Sister City Association hosted "A Taste of Japan". A sampling of all things Japanese. If you haven't had a chance to discover our sister city connection, head down to Kasugai gardens when you're downtown one day to discover just one of the benefits that this partnership has brought to Kelowna. On the other hand if you ever get a chance to visit Kasugai feel free to take a stroll on Kelowna Boulevard where you will find a 1/3 scale model of the sails. For more information on our sister cities please click here.
Timelapse and a Taste of some Taiko drummers based in Kelowna:
I also want to introduce you to Mandy Ross who is our newest "What's On?" correspondent. Here is her feature on the recently concluded 15th annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival.

VAFF (as per the VAFF FB page) www.vaff.org
Celebrating Diversity in Film – 15th Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival: Nov 3-6, 2011.
Company Overview
The Vancouver Asian Film Festival Society (VAFF) is a not-for-profit organization that provides a forum for independent North American Asian filmmakers to showcase their work to both Asian and non-Asian audiences.
To foster an understanding and appreciation of today's independent North American Asian filmmakers, while providing a springboard to larger film festivals. The society endeavors to represent the often ignored North American Asians caught between two cultures. The Vancouver Asian Film Festival Society will provide a cultural bridge between the Asian and non-Asian communities as well as the Asian communities themselves.


Mandy’s passion for performing and strong work ethic has resulted in a thrilling career as a Canadian media personality. Mandy created and currently stars in and produces Mandy’s World. This reality entertainment and lifestyle series takes viewers inside her professional and personal life. Mandy covers the glamorous Vancouver entertainment scene, including red carpet and local events, and one-on-one celebrity interviews for the show. Mandy’s World airs on Novus TV and on Mandy’s YouTube channel.
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About the Author

Ryan Donn is a singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, and Councillor at the City of Kelowna

I love creating songs, which have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

In the past few years, I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, and others.

Originally from Scotland, I’ve lived in Kelowna for over 20 years. My wife, Kimberly, and our two daughters, Lyla and Bella, share our home with Tom (adult with diverse abilities).

In 2014, I was elected to Kelowna City Council. 

Opinions are my own, and don't represent the City of Kelowna, Festivals Kelowna or Creative Okanagan. 

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