A Festival

Where Worlds Meet

Vancouver, Canada
2017 FESTIVAL THEME

Tales of War & Peace 

This year’s festival theme is ‘Tales of War and Peace’.  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. This year’s line-up includes an outstanding array of award-winning artists who have the courage to say what they think, to hold up a mirror to ugly truths, but also to transcend, offer hope and celebrate creation when the world looks dispiriting.

Hear two Grammy Award musicians (violin god L. Subramaniam and saxophone legend Ernie Watts) call for unity through music as they bring the worlds of Indian classical and jazz together.

Listen to literary bluesman Arthur Flowers sing the tale of Dr. Martin Luther King. Meet Bhajju Shyam, one of India’s most brilliant Indigenous artists as he responds to the Northwest Coast. Hear Joe Sacco, one of the world’s foremost graphic novelists on his work as a frontline journalist. Our roster of outstanding thinkers include two-time Giller prize winner MG Vassanji, Granta award-winning novelist Kamila Shamsie, CanLit stars Pasha Malla and Anosh Irani, Indian journalist Raghu Karnad, linguist Dr. Anvita Abbi and local legend Carmen Rodriguez.

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Schedule of Events

7:00pm - 11:00pm

Glamorous guests, fine sips and delectable nibbles curated by Vikram Vij – Indian Summer Festival’s Opening Gala is one of the city’s most sought after summer parties.

With Vikram Vij and special guests
July 6 - 15, 2017

A sculptural and photographic installation LandMarks installation showcases works from faculty and students at SFU’s School of Contemporary Arts, in...

Artist: Jin-me Yoon Curator: Kathleen Ritter
8:00pm - 9:30pm

Two award-winning Canadian writers discuss their most recent novels in this event hosted by Devyani Saltzman, Director of the Banff Centre’s Literary Arts program.

Pasha Malla and Anosh Irani in conversation with Devyani Saltzman
July 6 - 15, 2017

A sculptural and photographic installation LandMarks installation showcases works from faculty and students at SFU’s School of Contemporary Arts, in...

Artist: Jin-me Yoon Curator: Kathleen Ritter
8:00pm - 9:30pm

Two award-winning Canadian writers discuss their most recent novels in this event hosted by Devyani Saltzman, Director of the Banff Centre’s Literary Arts program.

Pasha Malla and Anosh Irani in conversation with Devyani Saltzman
July 6 - 15, 2017

A sculptural and photographic installation LandMarks installation showcases works from faculty and students at SFU’s School of Contemporary Arts, in...

Artist: Jin-me Yoon Curator: Kathleen Ritter
2:00pm-3:30pm

PANEL DISCUSSION What is the role of places such as Chinatown and Punjabi Market in the face of global flows...

Andy Yan, Melissa Fung, Tyler Russell, Meera Bains, and Paneet Singh

L. Subramaniam & Ernie Watts in concert. Two Grammy award-winning giants come together in a rare concert that brings the best of classical Indian music and jazz to Vancouver.

L. Subramaniam & Ernie Watts
July 6 - 15, 2017

A sculptural and photographic installation LandMarks installation showcases works from faculty and students at SFU’s School of Contemporary Arts, in...

Artist: Jin-me Yoon Curator: Kathleen Ritter
2:00pm-3:30pm

PANEL DISCUSSION What is the role of places such as Chinatown and Punjabi Market in the face of global flows...

Andy Yan, Melissa Fung, Tyler Russell, Meera Bains, and Paneet Singh

L. Subramaniam & Ernie Watts in concert. Two Grammy award-winning giants come together in a rare concert that brings the best of classical Indian music and jazz to Vancouver.

L. Subramaniam & Ernie Watts
July 6 - 15, 2017

A sculptural and photographic installation LandMarks installation showcases works from faculty and students at SFU’s School of Contemporary Arts, in...

Artist: Jin-me Yoon Curator: Kathleen Ritter
Various Days Between July 9 -15

BHAJJU SHYAM, ISF’S 2017 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE Acclaimed indigenous artist Bhajju Shyam – of the Pradhan Gonds of central India – will...

Bhajju Sham
July 6 - 15, 2017

A sculptural and photographic installation LandMarks installation showcases works from faculty and students at SFU’s School of Contemporary Arts, in...

Artist: Jin-me Yoon Curator: Kathleen Ritter
Various Days Between July 9 -15

BHAJJU SHYAM, ISF’S 2017 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE Acclaimed indigenous artist Bhajju Shyam – of the Pradhan Gonds of central India – will...

Bhajju Sham
Various Days Between July 9 -15

BHAJJU SHYAM, ISF’S 2017 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE Acclaimed indigenous artist Bhajju Shyam – of the Pradhan Gonds of central India – will...

Bhajju Sham
Various Days Between July 9 -15

BHAJJU SHYAM, ISF’S 2017 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE Acclaimed indigenous artist Bhajju Shyam – of the Pradhan Gonds of central India – will...

Bhajju Sham
Various Days Between July 9 -15

BHAJJU SHYAM, ISF’S 2017 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE Acclaimed indigenous artist Bhajju Shyam – of the Pradhan Gonds of central India – will...

Bhajju Sham
Various Days Between July 9 -15

BHAJJU SHYAM, ISF’S 2017 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE Acclaimed indigenous artist Bhajju Shyam – of the Pradhan Gonds of central India – will...

Bhajju Sham
July 6 - 15, 2017

A sculptural and photographic installation LandMarks installation showcases works from faculty and students at SFU’s School of Contemporary Arts, in...

Artist: Jin-me Yoon Curator: Kathleen Ritter
Various Days Between July 9 -15

BHAJJU SHYAM, ISF’S 2017 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE Acclaimed indigenous artist Bhajju Shyam – of the Pradhan Gonds of central India – will...

Bhajju Sham
7pm - 8:30pm

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 questions, subverts and upturns the world as we know it.

MG Vassanji
July 6 - 15, 2017

A sculptural and photographic installation LandMarks installation showcases works from faculty and students at SFU’s School of Contemporary Arts, in...

Artist: Jin-me Yoon Curator: Kathleen Ritter
Various Days Between July 9 -15

BHAJJU SHYAM, ISF’S 2017 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE Acclaimed indigenous artist Bhajju Shyam – of the Pradhan Gonds of central India – will...

Bhajju Sham
7pm - 8:30pm

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 questions, subverts and upturns the world as we know it.

MG Vassanji
July 6 - 15, 2017

A sculptural and photographic installation LandMarks installation showcases works from faculty and students at SFU’s School of Contemporary Arts, in...

Artist: Jin-me Yoon Curator: Kathleen Ritter
Various Days Between July 9 -15

BHAJJU SHYAM, ISF’S 2017 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE Acclaimed indigenous artist Bhajju Shyam – of the Pradhan Gonds of central India – will...

Bhajju Sham
8pm - 9:30pm

An Evening with 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 response to such times?”

Kamila Shamsie, Raghu Karnad & Joe Sacco
6:00pm - 7:30pm

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.

Dr. Anvita Abbi
July 6 - 15, 2017

A sculptural and photographic installation LandMarks installation showcases works from faculty and students at SFU’s School of Contemporary Arts, in...

Artist: Jin-me Yoon Curator: Kathleen Ritter
Various Days Between July 9 -15

BHAJJU SHYAM, ISF’S 2017 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE Acclaimed indigenous artist Bhajju Shyam – of the Pradhan Gonds of central India – will...

Bhajju Sham
6:00pm - 7:30pm

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.

Dr. Anvita Abbi
8pm - 9:30pm

An Evening with 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 response to such times?”

Kamila Shamsie, Raghu Karnad & Joe Sacco
6:00pm - 7:30pm

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.

Dr. Anvita Abbi
July 6 - 15, 2017

A sculptural and photographic installation LandMarks installation showcases works from faculty and students at SFU’s School of Contemporary Arts, in...

Artist: Jin-me Yoon Curator: Kathleen Ritter
Various Days Between July 9 -15

BHAJJU SHYAM, ISF’S 2017 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE Acclaimed indigenous artist Bhajju Shyam – of the Pradhan Gonds of central India – will...

Bhajju Sham
8:00pm - 9:30pm

Witness the first meeting of two creative minds, Molly Crabapple and Joe Sacco, as they talk with award-winning Indian novelist Raghu Karnad about the role of the artist in these turbulent times.

Molly Crabapple, Joe Sacco and Raghu Karnad
6:00pm - 7:30pm

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. Listen to this master storyteller as he performs the story of King and others from his repertoire, taking us back to a time when the storyteller was singer, satirist and magician, all rolled into one.

Arthur Flowers
July 6 - 15, 2017

A sculptural and photographic installation LandMarks installation showcases works from faculty and students at SFU’s School of Contemporary Arts, in...

Artist: Jin-me Yoon Curator: Kathleen Ritter
Various Days Between July 9 -15

BHAJJU SHYAM, ISF’S 2017 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE Acclaimed indigenous artist Bhajju Shyam – of the Pradhan Gonds of central India – will...

Bhajju Sham
8:00pm - 9:30pm

Witness the first meeting of two creative minds, Molly Crabapple and Joe Sacco, as they talk with award-winning Indian novelist Raghu Karnad about the role of the artist in these turbulent times.

Molly Crabapple, Joe Sacco and Raghu Karnad
6:00pm - 7:30pm

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. Listen to this master storyteller as he performs the story of King and others from his repertoire, taking us back to a time when the storyteller was singer, satirist and magician, all rolled into one.

Arthur Flowers
July 6 - 15, 2017

A sculptural and photographic installation LandMarks installation showcases works from faculty and students at SFU’s School of Contemporary Arts, in...

Artist: Jin-me Yoon Curator: Kathleen Ritter
Various Days Between July 9 -15

BHAJJU SHYAM, ISF’S 2017 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE Acclaimed indigenous artist Bhajju Shyam – of the Pradhan Gonds of central India – will...

Bhajju Sham

Indian Summer Festival’s closing night is the place to be on a summery Saturday as you join an art party that combines a constellation of musical stars, visual art, festival artists and special guests.

Rup Sidhu, Tiffany Moses, and Mob Bounce

5x15 is a speakers series that originated in London and has since spread to New York and Milan. It features five stellar speakers, speaking for fifteen minutes each on a topic they are deeply passionate about. The only rules: the talk should be unscripted, and fifteen minutes long.

Kamila Shamsie, Molly Crabapple, Carmen Rodriguez, Kalyani Pandya & Special Guest
10:00am - 12:00pm

Morning Raga features a music performance by celebrated sitarist Mohamed Assani, accompanied by tabla player Amarjeet Singh.
One of the unique characteristics of Indian music is the assignment of definite times of the day and night for performing Ragas (modes/melodies). It is believed that the Raga can can only appear at the height of its melodic beauty if played at the right time of day. Since most concerts take place in the evening, audiences rarely have a chance to listen to morning ragas, thus missing out on a huge repertoire of outstanding compositions.

Mohamed Assani and Amarjeet Singh
July 6 - 15, 2017

A sculptural and photographic installation LandMarks installation showcases works from faculty and students at SFU’s School of Contemporary Arts, in...

Artist: Jin-me Yoon Curator: Kathleen Ritter
Various Days Between July 9 -15

BHAJJU SHYAM, ISF’S 2017 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE Acclaimed indigenous artist Bhajju Shyam – of the Pradhan Gonds of central India – will...

Bhajju Sham

5x15 is a speakers series that originated in London and has since spread to New York and Milan. It features five stellar speakers, speaking for fifteen minutes each on a topic they are deeply passionate about. The only rules: the talk should be unscripted, and fifteen minutes long.

Kamila Shamsie, Molly Crabapple, Carmen Rodriguez, Kalyani Pandya & Special Guest

Indian Summer Festival’s closing night is the place to be on a summery Saturday as you join an art party that combines a constellation of musical stars, visual art, festival artists and special guests.

Rup Sidhu, Tiffany Moses, and Mob Bounce
10:00am - 12:00pm

Morning Raga features a music performance by celebrated sitarist Mohamed Assani, accompanied by tabla player Amarjeet Singh.
One of the unique characteristics of Indian music is the assignment of definite times of the day and night for performing Ragas (modes/melodies). It is believed that the Raga can can only appear at the height of its melodic beauty if played at the right time of day. Since most concerts take place in the evening, audiences rarely have a chance to listen to morning ragas, thus missing out on a huge repertoire of outstanding compositions.

Mohamed Assani and Amarjeet Singh
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