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In-Between Worlds

Ismaili Centre Vancouver 4010 Canada Way, Burnaby

PRESENTING PARTNER An Evening with MG Vassanji MG Vassanji’s work has focused on liminal states, where his characters are players in the ‘battlefield of history’. Vassanji’s many award-winning novels bring alive the angst faced being in a constant state of exile. From East Africa to Toronto, storied pasts to imagined future states, Vassanji’s work constantly...

$18 – $22

Dying Words

SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts 149 W Hastings St, Vancouver

Disappearing and threatened languages with Dr. Anvita Abbi “A language is a dialect with an army and navy.” – Max Weinreich One language dies every 14 days. By 2100, nearly half of the 7,000 languages that are spoken on earth will have most likely disappeared. At the beginning of the 15th century, some 15,000 languages were...

A Muse of Fire

SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts 149 W Hastings St, Vancouver

An Evening with Kamila Shamsie, Raghu Karnad & Joe Sacco Speaking of art born of war, the novelist Kamila Shamsie writes “In the ugly moments of history – times of conflict, war, oppression or censorship – two questions are provoked over and over: what is good art in such times? And what good is art in...

$18 – $30

Art is the Only Language I have

Bhajju Shyam, ISF’s 2017 Artist-in-Residence “Shyam returns – after a century – Kipling’s gaze with an equal sense of wonder, adventure, humour and directness of expression.” – Jyotindra Jain, Art Historian Acclaimed indigenous artist Bhajju Shyam – of the Pradhan Gonds of central India – will be Indian Summer Festival’s artist-in-residence for 2017. As part...

I See the Promised Land

SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts 149 W Hastings St, Vancouver

Presenting Partner A blues-based performance of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King “...an outstanding cultural hybrid of unexpected storytelling traditions.” – The Smithsonian Arthur Flowers is a literary bluesman who performs in the oral storytelling tradition of the griots, where literature, myth-work, destiny and magical realism meet. Arthur comes from Memphis, Tennessee – where...

$18 – $30

Graphically Speaking

SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts 149 W Hastings St, Vancouver

Molly Crabapple and Joe Sacco in conversation with Raghu Karnad “Equal parts Hieronymus Bosch, William S. Burroughs and Cirque du Soleil” – The Guardian “Sacco is one of the world’s leading exponents of the graphic novel form” – Rachel Cooke Art, sex, politics and surviving these times – this is what forms the nucleus of...

$18 – $30

Morning Raga

Ismaili Centre Vancouver 4010 Canada Way, Burnaby

PRESENTING PARTNER Mohamed Assani in concert “There’s no denying that this is extraordinary music.” – The Georgia Straight Join us at a unique musical event followed by a sumptuous breakfast in the stunning garden courtyard of the Ismaili Centre Burnaby. Morning Raga features a music performance by celebrated sitarist Mohamed Assani, accompanied by tabla player Amarjeet...

$20 – $40

Every Story is a Song – Oral Storytelling Workshop

SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts 149 W Hastings St, Vancouver

Presenting Partner Oral storytelling workshop with Arthur Flowers “Practitioners of the griotic in African American literature consider ourselves heirs to two literary traditions, the Western written and the African oral, telling stories in primal gatherings around the sacred fire and forging moments of grace, a sacred calling, page or stage, mythwork at the crossroads in...

5 x 15

The Vogue 918 Granville Street, Vancouver

PRESENTED BY Indian Summer Festival's Closing Night kicks off at 7:30pm with our favourite speaker series, 5x15, followed by Constellations featuring a mix of musical delights from 9:30pm onwards. This ticket includes both events for an entire evening of cultural feasting. 5x15 VANCOUVER | Five Speakers, Fifteen Minutes. Magic. ‘If 5x15’s packed soirees feel like an evening of...

$35 – $40

Constellations

The Vogue 918 Granville Street, Vancouver

Featuring Talvin Singh, Mob Bounce, Rup Sidhu and Tiffany Moses  Headlining the evening is the legendary Talvin Singh OBE, who sculpted a unique sonic landscape to create a movement that is known as the Asian Underground, one of the most exciting developments in the history of British music. The Mercury Prize-winning musician has worked with...

$25 – $30

Salman Rushdie in Conversation: A Vancouver Writers Fest Special Event

Chan Centre for the Performing Arts 6265 Crescent Rd, Vancouver

In Association with Indian Summer Festival One of the most celebrated public thinkers of our time, the multi-award-winning and bestselling author Salman Rushdie discusses his latest, brilliant epic, The Golden House, at this special event. In quality and compelling scope, The Golden House is Rushdie’s The Godfather meets The Great Gatsby: an unparalleled modern-day thriller with a compelling storyline straight out of today’s...

$30 – $50

*SOLD OUT* Dinner By Starlight

Event Presenting Partner "Spectacular! This is a dinner to die for!" - Deepa Mehta Indian Summer’s annual ‘Dinner by Starlight’ is one of the most anticipated events in Vancouver. The annual fundraiser for the Indian Summer Arts Society is a singular occasion; Canada’s culinary magician Chef Vikram Vij prepares a special, one-time-only menu for a...

Michael Ondaatje in conversation with David Chariandy

St. Andrew's Wesley United Church 1022 Nelson St, Vancouver

Presented by Vancouver Writers Fest in association with Indian Summer Festival Monday, June 4, 2018 at 7:30pm St. Andrew’s Wesley-United Church  From the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of The English Patient. Michael Ondaatje’s mesmerizing new novel, Warlight, tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and...

$15 – $50

Opening Party

Roundhouse Community Centre 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver

With Vikram Vij & Chef Friends "One of the top 10 parties to look forward to!" —24 hrs “Vibrant and glamorous… the venue was transformed.” —Montecristo Magazine Event Presenting Partner Music Series Sponsor Join one of the city’s most sought-after summer parties. Glamorous guests, fine sips, and food conjured up by Vancouver’s top culinary artists...

$125

PAUSE—Gratitude Song *Event Update – Rain Plan*

PAUSE Pavilion 1600 Whyte Ave (near Bard on the Beach Parking lot, Kitsilano), Vancouver

*Rain Plan for tonight* PAUSE PAVILION PARTNER Friday, July 6 — 2:58PM: Hello Everyone, Because of the weather forecast, we are officially moving to our rain plan for Gratitude Song tonight. Please meet at the Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut St) in the spectacular Joyce Walley room, which has a gorgeous view of the ocean....

Free

Mythical Vancouver

Museum of Vancouver 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

Stories about place PAUSE PAVILION PARTNER Dominant mythologies celebrate Vancouver as a young, new city built by European settlers about 200 years ago. But this is, in fact, an ancient place, rich with over 10,000 years of Coast Salish culture. Listening to oral histories, sharing diverse perspectives of place can expand understandings and challenge colonial...

Free

PAUSE In the Park

PAUSE Pavilion 1600 Whyte Ave (near Bard on the Beach Parking lot, Kitsilano), Vancouver

Free Programming Series PAUSE PAVILION PARTNER PAUSE is situated at the site of the village of sən̓aʔqʷ (pronounced Sun’ahk), currently known as Vanier Park, the location offers a spectacular backdrop of the North Shore mountains and downtown Vancouver. Housing a festival within the festival, PAUSE in the Park is our free programming series packed with art, performances,...

Free

5×15 Vancouver

Imperial Vancouver 319 Main St, Vancouver

Five speakers. Fifteen minutes each. Magic. "If 5×15’s packed soirees feel like an evening of offline, communal surfing, it’s due to the eclectic menu of speakers." —The New York Times EVENT PRESENTING PARTNER IN ASSOCIATION WITH Make it a double-bill: Save $10 when you purchase tickets to both '5x15' and 'Confluence' 5x15 features five stellar...

$20 – $25

Confluence

Imperial Vancouver 319 Main St, Vancouver

Music, Poetry and Song Event Presenting Partner           Music Series Sponsor                                             Make it a double-bill: Save $10 when you purchase tickets to both '5x15' and 'Confluence' Jarrett Martineau, charismatic host of ‘Reclaimed’ on CBC...

$20 – $25

Histories, Mysteries and Mischief—A Walking Tour of Kitsilano

A Walking Tour of Kitsilano This special walking tour is led by Naveen Girn and Milan Singh (researchers/time travellers/detectives/hosts) of the Nameless Collective podcast. They take you back in time to the Kitsilano of the early 1900s when sawmills lined False Creek, and pioneering Sikh families lived in Kits, creating a strong community in the...

$35

PAUSE In the Park

PAUSE Pavilion 1600 Whyte Ave (near Bard on the Beach Parking lot, Kitsilano), Vancouver

Free Programming Series PAUSE PAVILION PARTNER PAUSE is situated at the site of the village of sən̓aʔqʷ (pronounced Sun’ahk), currently known as Vanier Park, the location offers a spectacular backdrop of the North Shore mountains and downtown Vancouver. Housing a festival within the festival, PAUSE in the Park is our free programming series packed with art, performances,...

Free

Behind the Curtain

SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts 149 W Hastings St, Vancouver

A Workshop and Demonstration of Kutiyattam Kutiyattam, a mesmerizing and ornate form of Sanskrit dance theatre, has been carefully preserved by families of traditional artists in remote villages in South India for more than 1000 years. Deemed by UNESCO to be an “Intangible Heritage of Humanity,” Kutiyattam involves elaborate costuming and makeup, incredible physical and...

Free

PAUSE—Tiffin Talks: Re-awakening the Spirit of our Communities

PAUSE Pavilion 1600 Whyte Ave (near Bard on the Beach Parking lot, Kitsilano), Vancouver

A Lunchtime Ideas Series   PAUSE PAVILION PARTNER Tiffin Talks is a weekday lunchtime ideas series featuring a diverse group of thought leaders, artists, innovators, and changemakers, gathering to share ideas and a meal together. Located at PAUSE, Indian Summer Festival’s outdoor pavilion gazing out onto the mountains and the Burrard inlet, these long table...

Free

Living Legends

Chan Centre for the Performing Arts 6265 Crescent Rd, Vancouver

A rare performance of Kutiyattam Sanskrit Theatre “…beyond anything that I can describe or paraphrase, that I carry with me still, weeks after the performance came to an end…” —David Shulman, The New York Review of Books Kutiyattam is the oldest surviving form of ancient Sanskrit theatre. It is a visually arresting, percussion-driven dance theatre...

$25 – $35

PAUSE—Tiffin Talks: Fake News, Lies, and Bulls**t

PAUSE Pavilion 1600 Whyte Ave (near Bard on the Beach Parking lot, Kitsilano), Vancouver

A Lunchtime Ideas Series   PAUSE PAVILION PARTNER Tiffin Talks is a weekday lunchtime ideas series featuring a diverse group of thought leaders, artists, innovators, and changemakers, gathering to share ideas and a meal together. Located at PAUSE, Indian Summer Festival’s outdoor pavilion gazing out onto the mountains and the Burrard inlet, these long table...

Free

A Throw Of Dice

Vancouver International Film Centre 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver

A cross between Chaplin, Cecil B. DeMille and an early Bollywood movie" – Nitin Sawhney (composer) In partnership with Inspired by the gambling episode in the ancient Hindu epic The Mahabharata, this rare classic of Indian silent cinema tells of two kings who share a passion for reckless gambling, and for the same woman. A...

$11 – $15

PAUSE—Tiffin Talks: New Museology

PAUSE Pavilion 1600 Whyte Ave (near Bard on the Beach Parking lot, Kitsilano), Vancouver

A Lunchtime Ideas Series   PAUSE PAVILION PARTNER Tiffin Talks is a weekday lunchtime ideas series featuring a diverse group of thought leaders, artists, innovators, and changemakers, gathering to share ideas and a meal together. Located at PAUSE, Indian Summer Festival’s outdoor pavilion gazing out onto the mountains and the Burrard inlet, these long table...

Free

PAUSE—Tiffin Talks: Architecture as an expression of Empathy or Affluence?

PAUSE Pavilion 1600 Whyte Ave (near Bard on the Beach Parking lot, Kitsilano), Vancouver

A Lunchtime Ideas Series   PAUSE PAVILION PARTNER Tiffin Talks is a weekday lunchtime ideas series featuring a diverse group of thought leaders, artists, innovators, and changemakers, gathering to share ideas and a meal together. Located at PAUSE, Indian Summer Festival’s outdoor pavilion gazing out onto the mountains and the Burrard inlet, these long table...

Free

The Poetry of Amazement — Citra Kavya

UBC Frederic Wood Theatre 6354 Crescent Rd, Vancouver

An evening with Vikram Chandra “…brainy, delving, and spellbinding.” —Booklist Event Presenting Partner Make it a double-bill: Save $6 when you purchase tickets to both ‘The Poetry of Amazement‘ and ‘Yoga — To Mortify or Cultivate the Body?' The poets of the Indian subcontinent have practised—for thousands of years—the art of ingenious verse. Citra Kavya (or...

$15 – $18

Yoga — To Mortify or Cultivate the Body?

UBC Frederic Wood Theatre 6354 Crescent Rd, Vancouver

With Sir James Mallinson On The History Of Yoga Make it a double-bill: Save $6 when you purchase tickets to both ‘The Poetry of Amazement‘ and ‘Yoga — To Mortify or Cultivate the Body?' Early Sanskrit texts tell us that Indian yogis of old undertook yoga as a practice of severe austerity. They mortified their...

$15 – $18

PAUSE—Tiffin Talks: Literary Changemakers

PAUSE Pavilion 1600 Whyte Ave (near Bard on the Beach Parking lot, Kitsilano), Vancouver

A Lunchtime Ideas Series   PAUSE PAVILION PARTNER Tiffin Talks is a weekday lunchtime ideas series featuring a diverse group of thought leaders, artists, innovators, and changemakers, gathering to share ideas and a meal together. Located at PAUSE, Indian Summer Festival’s outdoor pavilion gazing out onto the mountains and the Burrard inlet, these long table...

Free

Sita Sings The Blues

Museum of Vancouver 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

“I was enchanted. I was swept away. I was smiling from one end of the film to the other. It is astonishingly original.” – Roger Ebert. In partnership with Our friends at VIFF make a delightful contribution to Indian Summer Festival by sponsoring a free screening of Nina Paley's fantastic animated riff on the ancient...

Free

PAUSE In the Park

PAUSE Pavilion 1600 Whyte Ave (near Bard on the Beach Parking lot, Kitsilano), Vancouver

Free Programming Series PAUSE PAVILION PARTNER PAUSE is situated at the site of the village of sən̓aʔqʷ (pronounced Sun’ahk), currently known as Vanier Park, the location offers a spectacular backdrop of the North Shore mountains and downtown Vancouver. Housing a festival within the festival, PAUSE in the Park is our free programming series packed with art, performances,...

Free

Myth and Rupture: An Interactive Sculptural Installation

PAUSE Pavilion 1600 Whyte Ave (near Bard on the Beach Parking lot, Kitsilano), Vancouver

PAUSE PAVILION PARTNER Myth and Rupture installation showcases furniture artworks in the form of lawn chairs from students at SFU’s School of Contemporary Arts, in collaboration with Indian Summer Festival. The underlying thematic of these chairs is an aesthetic questioning of the myths and narratives that mediate and structure our contemporary lived experiences. Art and visual culture...

Free

Hariprasad Chaurasia In Concert

The Orpheum 601 Smithe St, Vancouver

The Legendary Master Flautist In Concert "Chaurasia is among the small handful of Indian classical musicians who can sell out concerts in his homeland and around the world." —The Guardian "A deep, sultry and supple sound... His improvisations were free-ranging, full of bent pitches and at times almost jazzy.” —The New York Times EVENT PRESENTING PARTNER ...

$45 – $100

PAUSE In the Park

PAUSE Pavilion 1600 Whyte Ave (near Bard on the Beach Parking lot, Kitsilano), Vancouver

Free Programming Series PAUSE PAVILION PARTNER PAUSE is situated at the site of the village of sən̓aʔqʷ (pronounced Sun’ahk), currently known as Vanier Park, the location offers a spectacular backdrop of the North Shore mountains and downtown Vancouver. Housing a festival within the festival, PAUSE in the Park is our free programming series packed with art, performances,...

Free

Myth and Rupture: An Interactive Sculptural Installation

PAUSE Pavilion 1600 Whyte Ave (near Bard on the Beach Parking lot, Kitsilano), Vancouver

PAUSE PAVILION PARTNER Myth and Rupture installation showcases furniture artworks in the form of lawn chairs from students at SFU’s School of Contemporary Arts, in collaboration with Indian Summer Festival. The underlying thematic of these chairs is an aesthetic questioning of the myths and narratives that mediate and structure our contemporary lived experiences. Art and visual culture...

Free

Songs for Scheherazade

Ismaili Centre Vancouver 4010 Canada Way, Burnaby

The Allegra Chamber Orchestra with Mohamed Assani “There’s no denying that this is extraordinary music.” —The Georgia Straight  “Assani is both a musician who’s deeply rooted in the artistic traditions of South Asia and a one-of-a-kind innovator” —The Georgia Straight Music Series Sponsor Scheherazade, the fictional narrator of One Thousand and One Nights (Arabian Nights), is one...

$25 – $45

Moving Still: Performative Photography in India

Vancouver Art Gallery 750 Hornby St, Vancouver

Moving Still: Performative Photography in India PRESENTING PARTNER Moving Still: Performative Photography in India explores themes of migration, gender, religion and national identity through the lens of performative photography. The exhibition focuses on the photo-based practices of contemporary artists who are rooted in the diversity of cultures within the country, while at the same time...

Free – $24

Dinner By Starlight: The Future is Asian

*LOCATION REVEALED: Fairmont Waterfront 900 Canada Pl, Vancouver

Event Presenting Partner DINNER BY STARLIGHT Indian Summer’s annual Dinner by Starlight gala fundraiser is one of the most anticipated events in Vancouver. This year's Guest of Honour is renowned geostrategist and bestselling author Dr. Parag Khanna. The evening’s theme will be “The Future is Asian,” in honour of Dr. Khanna’s just-released book of the...

Nep Sidhu: Medicine for a Nightmare (they called, we responded)

SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts 149 W Hastings St, Vancouver

Nep Sidhu: Medicine for a Nightmare (they called, we responded) PRESENTING PARTNER Nep Sidhu is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice is concerned with the reverberations of form, antiquity, myth, and history with an affinity for community. Through material investigations that use textiles, sculpture, video, and sound, Sidhu’s work seeks moments of knowledge. Medicine for a...

Free

Sara Khan: Suraj Kinare

Surrey Art Gallery 13750 88 Ave, Surrey

Sara Khan: Suraj Kinare PRESENTING PARTNER Immerse yourself in intriguing watercolours exploring vulnerability and identity. Sara Khan’s sumptuous watercolours invoke a magical realm where personal memories mix with exotic plants and outlandish characters, all spread across organic fields of pattern and colour. Imagined through a series of poetic paintings, Suraj Kinare evokes the artist’s own...

Free

SOLD OUT: Opening Party

Roundhouse Community Centre 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver

Opening Party With Chef Vikram Vij & friends Event Presenting Partner “Vibrant and glamorous… the venue was transformed.” – Montecristo Magazine “Attracts the who’s who of Vancouver… there’s not another event like it on the summer calendar in Vancouver.” – Georgia Straight ISF2019 kicks off with one of the city’s most sought-after summer parties. Glamorous...

$125

5×15 Vancouver

Roundhouse Community Centre 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver

Five brilliant minds. Fifteen minutes each. Magic. "If 5×15’s packed soirees feel like an evening of offline, communal surfing, it’s due to the eclectic menu of speakers.” —The New York Times PRESENTING PARTNER 5x15 features five stellar speakers, speaking for fifteen minutes each on a topic they are passionate about. What the audience gets is...

$20 – $25

Conjuring The Future

Imperial Vancouver 319 Main St, Vancouver

Music, Rhythm, Movement   PRESENTING PARTNER “Martineau puts Indigenous creative arts in the spotlight—and the world is watching.” – Kate Hildebrant Jarrett Martineau, charismatic host of ‘Reclaimed’ on CBC curates a galaxy of potent voices from across Canada in this evening bursting with talent. From Inuit throat singing to 808-hip-hop beats, join us for an unforgettable...

$30 – $40

SOLD OUT: Pico Iyer on Love, Life, and Mortality

Museum of Vancouver 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

The literary genius on the things that matter most PRESENTING PARTNER “An exquisite personal blend of philosophy and engagement, inner quiet and worldly life.” – The Los Angeles Times What does it mean to be alive? And how do we hold onto the beings we love, even though we know we and they must come...

$20 – $25

SOLD OUT: Pico Iyer on Love, Life and Mortality

Museum of Vancouver 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

The literary genius on the things that matter most PRESENTING PARTNER “An exquisite personal blend of philosophy and engagement, inner quiet and worldly life.” – The Los Angeles Times What does it mean to be alive? And how do we hold onto the beings we love, even though we know we and they must come...

$20 – $25

SOLD OUT: Tiffin Talk: Walking in Our Finest

PAUSE Pavilion 1600 Whyte Ave (near Bard on the Beach Parking lot, Kitsilano), Vancouver

Clothing, storytelling, expression and identity PRESENTING PARTNER Clothing, storytelling, expression and identity have always been woven together. In South Asian culture, and in Indigenous Turtle Island, clothing and regalia are crucial forms of cultural and personal expression, exploring the beauty, story, spirit, and belonging. In both cases, the history of colonization and industrialization has had...

Free

Tiffin Talk: All the World’s a Stage

PAUSE Pavilion 1600 Whyte Ave (near Bard on the Beach Parking lot, Kitsilano), Vancouver

Shapeshifting and placemaking in theatre PRESENTING PARTNER Theatre is a shapeshifting experience – for performer, stage, and audience alike. The stage and the rituals of theatrical placemaking can, in a moment, create startling intimacy or vast distance, can evoke sudden memory, while calling to possibility alternate futures. Join contemporary playwrights Rohit Chokhani, Paneet Singh, and...

Free

Talk and Performance: Omnipresence through the Instrumental with Gurpreet Chana

Audain Gallery 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver

Talk and Performance: Omnipresence through the Instrumental with Gurpreet Chana CO-PRESENTING PARTNER In dialogue with the material conditions and conceptual concerns of Nep Sidhu's exhibition Medicine for a Nightmare (they called, we responded), this talk and performance with musician Gurpreet Chana will take place within the Audain Gallery. The artist, Nep Sidhu, will also be...

Free

SOLD OUT: Amitav Ghosh on ‘The Great Derangement’

SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts 149 W Hastings St, Vancouver

A Special SFU Vancouver 30th Anniversary Speaker Series presentation, in collaboration with Indian Summer Festival “On very rare occasions, a writer marshals such searing insight and storytelling skill that even a well-trodden subject is blown wide open. New connections are made, new futures appear. Ghosh is that kind of writer.” – Naomi Klein EVENT PRESENTING...

$15 – $50

SOLD OUT: Tiffin Talk: Art on the Inside

PAUSE Pavilion 1600 Whyte Ave (near Bard on the Beach Parking lot, Kitsilano), Vancouver

Due to the likelihood of rain, we have moved this event to the Museum of Vancouver. Address: 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver. Joyce Walley Room Venue description and accessibility information: Museum of Vancouver Incarceration and access to creative practice PRESENTING PARTNER Art and creativity are tools for us to reimagine the society we live in. It...

Free

The Beats in India, with Deborah Baker

SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts 149 W Hastings St, Vancouver

The mind-altering odyssey of Allen Ginsberg “A fabulous book – comic, tragic, and written with great verve and nerve -about the Beats and their ‘passage to India’". - Michael Ondaatje Pulitzer Prize nominee Deborah Baker takes us back to the moment when America's edgiest writers looked to India for answers as India looked to the...

$15 – $20

Kirtan (exhibition response): Come As You Are / Medicine for A Nightmare with Gurpreet Chana and Rajkanwal Kaur

Audain Gallery 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver

Kirtan (exhibition response): Come As You Are / Medicine for A Nightmare with Gurpreet Chana and Rajkanwal Kaur “Your humble servant, who obtains the Medicine of the Naam, is rid of the illnesses of countless lifetimes and incarnations, so sing the Kirtan … This is the most fruitful occupation.” - Sri Guru Granth Sahib* CO-PRESENTING...

Free

Trigger Me This: An Evening of Comedy, Outrage, and Debate

SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts 149 W Hastings St, Vancouver

Trigger Me This: An Evening of Comedy, Outrage, and Debate “Writer, actor and improv comedy master Richard Side has run Canada’s hottest virtual comedy club” – The Vancouver Sun CO-PRESENTING PARTNERS SIDE ENTERTAINMENT From Richard Side, creator of the hit radio series The Debaters on CBC Radio One comes an entertaining new stage format that...

$22 – $30

SOLD OUT: Tiffin Talk: Laughter for the Dark Days

PAUSE Pavilion 1600 Whyte Ave (near Bard on the Beach Parking lot, Kitsilano), Vancouver

Humour in trying times PRESENTING PARTNERS In socio-political or personal times when we don’t know whether to laugh or cry, can humour carry us through? Lunch and laugh with Little Mosque on the Prairie creator Zarqa Nawaz, writer and comedian Charles Demers, and award-winning author Carleigh Baker as they discuss the creation and curation of...

Free

Artist Talk: Sara Khan + Zoya Siddiqui

Surrey Art Gallery 13750 88 Ave, Surrey

Artist Talk: Sara Khan + Zoya Siddiqui CO-PRESENTING PARTNER Sara Khan’s sumptuous watercolours invoke a magical realm where personal memories mix with exotic plants and outlandish characters, all spread across organic fields of pattern and colour. With Suraj Kinare (an Urdu phrase meaning “the edge of the sun”), Khan evokes her own sense of identity,...

Free

Tiffin Talk: Writers in Conversation

PAUSE Pavilion 1600 Whyte Ave (near Bard on the Beach Parking lot, Kitsilano), Vancouver

Navigating canlit PRESENTING PARTNER Featuring Special Guests Please join writers Jonina Kirton, Shazia Hafiz Ramji, Brandi Bird, and Meharoona Ghani as they discuss their writing projects, creative process, and experiences navigating the Canadian writing community. The event is curated by Yilin Wang, in partnership with Room Magazine and Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival. Tiffin...

Free

Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash: Strings for Peace

Chan Centre for the Performing Arts 6265 Crescent Rd, Vancouver

World masters of sarod “Amjad Ali Khan, who, for many, is god-like in his dramatic powers on the Sarod, delivers his music with the emotional voltage of the blues…” - The Edinburgh Herald PRESENTING PARTNER Amjad Ali Khan is the undisputed master of the sarod, and one of India’s most celebrated classical musicians. His ancestors...

$42 – $95

SOLD OUT: Sen̓áḵw Walking Tour

PAUSE Pavilion 1600 Whyte Ave (near Bard on the Beach Parking lot, Kitsilano), Vancouver

Sen̓áḵw Walking Tour  PRESENTING PARTNER Kitsilano, Vanier Park, Sen̓áḵw — a place in the City of Vancouver with some stories not often told or known. In 1913, the City of Vancouver and the Province of British Columbia coerced and removed the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) families living in the community of Sen̓áḵw (near present day Kitsilano Point/Vanier...

$1 – $15

Indian Summer Festival at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Vancouver Art Gallery 750 Hornby St, Vancouver

Indian Summer Festival at the Vancouver Art Gallery PRESENTING PARTNER Indian Summer Festival collaborates once again with the Vancouver Art Gallery to present a day of special programming at the Gallery. ISF x VAG coincides with the major exhibition Moving Still: Performative Photography in India, now on view through September 2, which focuses on the...

$15 – $30

Hari Kondabolu Live in Vancouver

Vancouver Playhouse 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

HARI KONDABOLU LIVE IN VANCOUVER “One of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” – New York Times Hari Kondabolu is a comedian, writer & podcaster based in Brooklyn, NY. His Netflix special “Warn Your Relatives” was released in 2018 and he was named one of Variety’s Top 10 Comics To Watch. Hari has...

$25 – $45

PAUSE in the Park

PAUSE Pavilion 1600 Whyte Ave (near Bard on the Beach Parking lot, Kitsilano), Vancouver

PAUSE in the Park  Slip on a hat, slap on some sunscreen, pack a picnic blanket and bring the whole family out to join us in the sunshine! PAUSE is Indian Summer Festival’s outdoor programming hub, a unique architectural installation conceptualized to bring people together by innovative use of public space. Against a spectacular view...

Free

Transformation Tea Party

Museum of Vancouver 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

Transformation Tea Party A fashion-forward tea party with performances inspired by the legendary Beau Dick. Joleen Mitton modeled for the likes of Kenzo, Lancôme, and Vivienne Westwood before turning her formidable skills to “raise up Indigenous artistry, materials, and legacy with power, visibility, and deepest beauty”. Joleen, now the founder of Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week,...

$1 – $100

Book Launch: Translated from the Gibberish

Vancouver Film School Cafe 390 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

PRESENTING PARTNER Join us for a special event to celebrate the launch of Anosh Irani’s new book Translated from the Gibberish. This collection of seven superb, subtle, surprising stories shows – through a prism of unforgettable characters – what it means to live between two worlds: India and Canada. Anosh Irani, the masterful, bestselling author...

Free

A Delhi Obsession – An Evening with M.G. Vassanji

Ismaili Centre Vancouver 4010 Canada Way, Burnaby

"Is there any Canadian writer who contemplates the meaning of time with greater distinction and intellectual grace than M.G. Vassanji?" —Literary Review of Canada IN ASSOCIATION WITH     Two-time Giller Prize winner M.G. Vassanji returns with a powerful new novel about grief and second chances, tradition and rebellion, set in vibrant present-day Delhi. Munir...

$10 – $35

SOLD OUT: My Seditious Heart – An Evening with Arundhati Roy

Performance Works 1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver

"Arundhati Roy is one of the most confident and original thinkers of our time." —Naomi Klein "Arundhati Roy calls for ‘factual precision’ alongside of the ‘real precision of poetry.’ Remarkably, she combines those achievements to a degree that few can hope to approach." —Noam Chomsky EVENT PRESENTING PARTNER IN ASSOCIATION WITH Arundhati Roy catapulted to...

$15 – $60

ISF+ World Premiere: Wayfinder by Mohamed Assani

Online event

“Assani is both a musician who’s deeply rooted in the artistic traditions of South Asia and a one-of-a-kind innovator who’s bent on ensuring that those age old forms will survive, and grow, in the modern era.” -The Georgia Straight  Event Description To bring you some joy during these uncertain times, we will be streaming the...

ISF2020: Beginnings – Sonic Tributes

Before we had language, we had music. Researchers suggest that music may have allowed our distant ancestors to communicate before the invention of language (it is after all, defined as ‘sound that conveys emotion’). Music has always provided the social glue that brings people together, and in this time of isolation, some of Vancouver’s musical...

ISF2020: Vandana Shiva & David Suzuki: The Virus is a Wake-up Call

  Event Presenting Partner “The COVID crisis is a crisis for human beings, but the climate crisis is a crisis for life on the planet." — David Suzuki “The real economy is an economy of care, for the planet and for each other" — Vandana Shiva Legendary environmental warriors Vandana Shiva and David Suzuki, come...

ISF2020: It Could Be Verse: Poetry for a Pandemic

  Event Presenting Partner  “Poems…. cross the battlefields, tending the wounded, listening to the wild monologues of the triumphant or the fearful." — John Berger “You say, end this poem here, and wait for what is next. I will. Poems are rough notations for the music we are.” — Rumi For centuries, poetry has...

ISF2020: Joseph Stiglitz on ‘People, Power, and Profits’ with Arjun Jayadev

 “Joseph Stiglitz got the Asian financial crisis right, foresaw the bubble that caused such havoc in 2008 and is advocating global answers to a host of problems that can no longer be solved at the local or national level… his work goes on challenging us all to rethink our ideas, he will always be...

ISF2020: Night of the Raga

Event Presenting Partner  “Amjad Ali Khan is god-like in his dramatic powers on the Sarod" — The Edinburgh Herald “Shubha Mudgal is one of the foremost Indian classical musicians of today" — Businessworld “Each time I listen to L. Subramaniam, I am carried away in wonderment." — Lord Yehudi Menuhin There is no single...

Mandala Workshop with Sheniz Janmohamed #ISFMandalaProject

#ISFMandalaProject is a digital community arts-meets-volunteerism campaign, inspired by Sheniz Janmohamed‘s “mandala a day” project. https://www.instagram.com/p/B_YYxUIgy4C/. Volunteers are invited to watch this video https://youtu.be/BvTS65QXTYU (mandala making starts at 1:44) to learn from Sheniz Janmohamed about principles of mandala making, intuitive design, and good ways to take pictures of them! After that, we want YOU to...

ISF2020: Boonoonoonous Hair! And other stories for diverse little humans

Presented in Partnership with  "Books can be windows into other people’s lives and mirrors of your own” - Rudine Sims Bishop This is a special Saturday morning read-along session with some of Canada’s best loved children’s book authors. Join Olive Senior, Paul Yee and Sirish Rao reading aloud from their books in this special...

ISF2020: 5×15 Global Edition

Presenting in Partnership with  “The ability to 'think intelligently' about subjects that tickle, exercise and expand your mind is at last tangible with entertaining talks at 5x15." — The Telegraph "An event that Socrates would have loved..." — Bettany Hughes 5x15 is a speakers series that originated in London, with its home in the...

ISF2020: Tiffin Talks – Zanani / Zamana / Zameen

Presented in partnership with Zanani / Zamana / Zameen - Feminist thinking, society, and place Zanani (za-na-ni): the feminine Zamana (za-ma-na): time, age, period Zameen (za-meen): place, ground, land Join writer Shauna Singh Baldwin, filmmaker Baljit Sangra, and visual artist Sandeep Johal for an in-depth discussion moderated by Suvi Bains on how place and society...

ISF2020: Vij’s at Home: A masterclass with Vikram Vij hosted by Agam Darshi

Event Presenting Partner  Performance Patron: Zena Henriquez A MASTERCLASS WITH VIKRAM VIJ HOSTED BY AGAM DARSHI “Vikram is a strange and wonderful mix of idealistic hippy and smart businessman” – Anthony Bourdain Vikram Vij is a Canadian culinary gem. Anyone who has experienced Vikram’s trademark hospitality knows that he always manages to create a...

ISF2020: 10th Anniversary Closing Party

Performance Patron MUSIC + DOOR-DELIVERED CULINARY TREATS + AFTERPARTY “There’s not another event like it on the summer calendar in Vancouver.” – The Georgia Straight It’s a celebration! For those of you who’ve been missing our legendary art-filled parties, we’ve put an online version together that comes as close as you can to the real...

ISF+: Homeland Elegies – Ayad Akhtar in conversation with Sirish Rao

In partnership with Join Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar for his reflections on identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams. A playwright, novelist and screenwriter translated into over 20 languages, Ayad Akhtar is one of the most powerful voices in contemporary American letters, a critically renowned, multi-award winning figure whose works...

£5 – £24.67

ISF+: Minahil Bukhari & Mustaali Raj’s ‘JAALI’ project

Online event

Creative duo Minahil Bukhari and Mustaali Raj do a special talk on Instagram Live for the global launch of the JAALI project. Tune in to instagram.com/indiansummerfestival to hear them speak of their research into language, typography, Indo-Persian architecture, and how they hope to represent the world’s 7000 or so languages in a never-ending pattern.  ABOUT...

Indian Summer Festival Digital Auction

We are thrilled to announce our first ever digital auction! Support Indian Summer by bidding and taking home some fabulous items, all from the comfort of your home. This is the perfect opportunity to support the arts while you do some early holiday gift shopping. Anything you bid on or buy supports Indian Summer Festival...

ISF+: A Special Performance Of Anosh Irani’s ‘Buffoon’

Arts Club Theatre 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver

“This is what I have missed so much, the great potential of theatre: One small stage, one performer, a subtle soundtrack and we are transformed, taken somewhere grand and horrible without ever leaving the room, and doing it together – if at a safe distance.” – Marsha Lederman, The Globe & Mail Indian Summer Festival...

$19 – $59

ISF+:  Exclusive Q&A – The White Tiger

Online event

Aravind Adiga’s 2008 Booker Prize-winning novel “White Tiger’ is now a Netflix film that’s been getting critical acclaim. The Wall Street Journal described it as "a zestful epic blessed with rapier wit, casually dazzling dialogue, gorgeous cinematography and, at the center of it all, a sensational star." We’re thrilled to partner with our friends at...

Free – $20

ISF+: Parāśakti: The Flame Within

Online event

We are delighted to partner with the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts who present this special event coming up on March 19th. This brand new production explores Parāśakti—the Mother Goddess, the Absolute Divinity—plays a timeless, archetypal role across geographic and socio-cultural barriers in Hindu traditions, acting as a reflection on the human condition and...

Free – $20