A Festival for Everyone

Accessible ISF 

At the heart of Indian Summer Festival is a desire for dialogue and the possibility for an inclusive community that is diverse, creative and just. We aim to create accessible, barrier-free experiences for the widest possible communities to engage fully in these conversations. We strive to meet access requests, and continue to reflect and develop our accessibility and outreach programming.

If you would like to participate in any of our accessibility programs, order tickets, ask questions, or offer feedback about this accessibility assessment, please contact Laura at outreach@indiansummerfestival.ca, or by phone at +1 604 283 9172.

For our 2017 Festival, we have committed 10% to community accessibility ticketing (over 500 tickets overall). All of the below ticketing options are subject to availability for each event.

MOBILITY ACCESS: 100% of Indian Summer Festival’s indoor venues are accessible to people using mobility aids, including wide and flat entrances, access to ramps/elevators where necessary, wheelchair and scooter accessible washrooms, assigned seating, and complimentary companion tickets. Certain venues have specific entrance and washroom information for people with mobility aids; please see event descriptions below for venue-specific information.

COMMUNITY TICKETING: Free tickets are available for populations served by social services organizations and to community organizations whose members face economic barriers. To find out more or to request tickets for your group, please contact Outreach Manager Laura Albert at outreach@indiansummerfest.ca.

INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY TICKETING: Free or reduced-price tickets are available for Indigenous community groups to attend Indian Summer Festival events. To find out more or to request tickets for your group, please contact Outreach Manager Laura Albert at outreach@indiansummerfest.ca.

With respect and admiration for Indigenous stewardship and governance, and in the spirit of collaboration, Indian Summer Festival strives to program global Indigenous voices and foster meaningful interactions between Indigenous and South Asian artistic visions and practices.

FREE PROGRAMMING: Over the past six years Indian Summer has worked to bring free, world class art to Vancouver’s public spaces. Free programming has included: visual art installations, public art talks, book launches, and interactive performances.

LGBTQIA2+ INCLUSIVITY: Indian Summer Festival strives to foster a respectful and comfortable space for all people attending ISF events, by training our staff, board, and volunteers, by inviting diverse communities to attend, and by placing gender subverting signage on washrooms at indoor venues.

HEARING ASSISTANCE: Infrared and loop hearing assist services are available during certain performances for guests who are deaf or hard of hearing. Please see event descriptions for event-specific information.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE: ASL interpretation is available upon request at most of our events as indicated.

VISION:  Indian Summer Festival is proud to partner with  VocalEye  to increase the accessibility of our programming to audience members who are blind and partially sighted. Many of our events are low-vision friendly, and we offer complimentary companion ticketing for blind or partially sighted people who require assistance in order to attend.

SCENT: Please join us in making the Festival more accessible to people with scent sensitivities and allergies by avoiding the use of scented products at all Indian Summer Festival events. While we do not manage any venues ourselves, we email all ticket holders requesting that guests refrain from wearing scented products at all of our events. For more information about MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) and to grow your scent-free solidarity, please see this brilliant summary by Peggie Munson.

Accessibility by

Venue & Event

Accessibility Quick Summary
  • Wheelchair assigned seating
  • Low-vision friendly event
  • Complimentary ticketing (subject to availability)
  • ASL available upon request before June 9

For more comprehensive information see The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.

Events at this Venue
Accessibility Quick Summary

Radical Access Mapping Project Roundhouse audit hereFor more comprehensive information see Opening Gala.

Events at this Venue
Accessibility Quick Summary
  • Wheelchair assigned seating
  • Low-vision friendly event
  • Complimentary ticketing (subject to availability)
  • ASL available upon request before June 23

For more comprehensive information see event pages: In Between WorldsMorning Raga.

Accessibility Quick Summary
  • Wheelchair assigned seating
  • Low-vision friendly event
  • Complimentary ticketing (subject to availability)
  • ASL available upon request before June 23
  • Infrared hearing assist available upon request in the Cinema only – not in the World Art Centre

Radical Access Mapping Project SFU Woodwards audit hereFor more comprehensive information see event pages: Parcels & Fugue StatesDying WordsA Muse of FireI See the Promised LandGraphically Speaking.

Events at this Venue
Accessibility Quick Summary
  • Wheelchair assigned seating
  • Low-vision friendly event
  • Complimentary ticketing (subject to availability)
  • Infrared and loop hearing assist available upon request

For more comprehensive information see Here is Where We Meet.

Events at this Venue

Closing Night: 5×15 & Constellations
Closing Night: Constellations 

Accessibility Quick Summary
  • Wheelchair assigned seating
  • Complimentary ticketing (subject to availability)
  • ASL available upon request before June 23

For more comprehensive information see 5×15 & Constellations Closing Party.