Starweaver — A collaboration between Sandeep Johal + Debra Sparrow — July 6-15

Starweaver — A collaboration between Sandeep Johal + Debra Sparrow — July 6-15

Pause Pavilion Partner

The Morning Star is a recurring image in the stories and in the life of noted Musqueam weaver and knowledge keeper Debra Sparrow. For rising visual artist Sandeep Johal, goddesses and feminine power are compelling inspirations for her art. These two outstanding artists have created a specially commissioned collaborative artwork for Indian Summer Festival. The result is the stunning ‘Starweaver’ a goddess who weaves yarn and cultures together to create a tapestry of the starry, sheltering sky. Covering the entire ceiling of the PAUSE Pavilion, ‘Starweaver’ is on display July 6-15.



PAUSE is Indian Summer Festival’s first ever full outdoor programming hub. Against a spectacular view of the North Shore mountains and downtown Vancouver, PAUSE is situated at the site of the village of sən̓aʔqʷ (pronounced Sun’ahk), currently known as Vanier Park. Housing a festival within the festival, PAUSE features free events every day from July 6th to July 15th. Events at this venue — Gratitude Song, Mythical Vancouver, PAUSE in the Park and Tiffin Talks — include all-star performances, talks and dialogues, food, workshops, and visual art, featuring a wide range of local and international artists.

The PAUSE Pavilion’s unique design was the result of an international design competition organized by the non-profit school DBR (Design Build Research) for TED2017. The contest winner, designer Alsu Sadrieva in Russia, thoughtfully conceptualized PAUSE as an outdoor space to reflect, gather, and interact within.

As part of Indian Summer Festival’s Taiké stream, PAUSE programming emphasizes collaborations and conversations between South Asian and Indigenous artists.




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