“Our vision is for an inclusive, diverse, and culturally-rich society.”


Where Worlds Meet

To all of us at Indian Summer, the festival really is a model for the kind of society we’d like to see. A society that is creative, diverse, inclusive and innovative. As the world builds more and more walls and as societies get suspicious and afraid of people who don’t look like them and think like them, we believe in the transformative power of the arts and the festival is our way of reaffirming these beliefs.

Our programming is rigorous and quirky with an appetite for experimentation, deep thinking, and curiosity. We see artists as important voices in the larger community, allowing us to step into the worlds they create, while also addressing the pressing questions of the one we inhabit. We offer a model for dialogue, a possibility for an inclusive community that is unafraid of striking up conversations – both cheerful and difficult.

The festival’s byline, ‘Where Worlds Meet,’ speaks to our focus on artistic collaboration. We create what we like to call ‘good friction’ by looking beyond the easy middle ground in order to foster true curatorial risk-taking. Our approach also includes unusual pairings of the local with the international, traditional with contemporary, and unexpected genres coming together.

Indian Summer Arts Society (ISAS) is a Vancouver-based not-for-profit secular arts organization and registered charity.

Years in Review

We’ve Come So Far!

Curious about where we’ve been and how far we’ve come? Feel free to take a trip down memory lane and peruse our festival annual reports from 2011 to 2018.


Our Team

Sirish Rao

Sirish Rao

Artistic Director (and ISF Co-founder)
Pawan Deol

Pawan Deol

Events Producer

Our Board of Directors

Advisory Council

Aradhana Seth
Filmmaker, Visual Artist, Designer

Cynnie Woodward
Pillar of the Community

Deepa Mehta, OC
Film Director

Jas Sandhu
President, Brixton Properties

Mandeep Dhaliwal
Partner, Lawson Lundell, LLP

Michael Stevenson
President Emeritus, Simon Fraser University

Pankaj Agarwal
Founder & Managing Partner, Optimus Information Inc.

Prem Gill
CEO, Creative BC

Ratana Stephens
Co-CEO Nature’s Path

Sandy Garossino
Former Crown Prosecutor, Media Commentator

Sukesh Kumar
Partner, KPMG LLP, Canada

Vik Khanna
CEO, National Education Technologies Inc.

Vikram Vij
Chef, Restaurateur, Author