PAUSE Pavilion

PAUSE Pavilion

PAUSE is Indian Summer Festival’s outdoor programming hub, a unique architectural installation conceptualized to bring people together with an innovative use of public space. Against a spectacular view of the North Shore mountains and downtown Vancouver, PAUSE is situated at the site of the village of sən̓aʔqʷ (pronounced Senakw), currently known as Vanier Park. The PAUSE Pavilion features free events daily throughout Indian Summer Festival, including performances, talks and dialogues, food, workshops, and visual art, featuring a wide range of celebrated artists. PAUSE programming emphasizes collaborations and conversations between South Asian and Indigenous artists.

Events at the PAUSE Pavilion:
Tiffin Talk: Walking in Our Finest
Tiffin Talk: All the World’s a Stage
Tiffin Talk: Art on the Inside
Tiffin Talk: Laughter for the Dark Days
Tiffin Talk: Writers in Conversation
Sen̓áḵw Walking Tour
PAUSE in the Park
Transformation Tea Party

Full venue description and accessibility information: PAUSE Pavilion

Address: 1600 Whyte Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1A9
Under the flagpole, behind Bard on the Beach

  • Indian Summer Festival & Books 2 Prisoners BOOK DRIVE At the PAUSE Pavilion

    Knowing someone cares can change a life.

    From Monday July 8th to Sunday July 14th, bring a book to the PAUSE Pavilion to give to someone living behind bars in Canada. Many prisons don’t have libraries, or have very limited and outdated books. Books help minds expand, discover new perspectives, and help people stay connected with the outside world.

    • We ARE looking for:
    • Books by Indigenous authors of North America (no anthropological texts about First Nations)
    • Books by Indigenous authors worldwide
    • Books by black writers and other people of colour
    • Books by women and queers
    • Sci-fi!
    • Fiction!
    • General interest in sciences
    • Exercise (including yoga and health),
    • Addiction and recovery
    • Self-help
    • Creative process and art books: drawing, painting, carving and writing
    • Biographies
    • Adventure
    • Popular Fiction
    • We CANNOT take (prisons won’t accept)
    • Books that are: tattered, torn, highlighted, or with any writing in the margins or inside cover
    • Erotica or pornography
    • Books that critique the police or prison systems
    • Books that demonstrate how to be violent to others (incl. Martial arts)


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