A Festival

Where Worlds Meet

Vancouver, Canada
2016 FESTIVAL THEME

Border Crossings 

The theme for 2016 festival was ‘Border Crossings’. Borders are the point of passage from one region to another – spaces that are often fraught with pressure, but also form gateways into new worlds and experiences. As humans, our differences are more than just geographic.

To interact with one another, we need to build connections between many ways of life and across racial, sexual, linguistic divides. The events at this year’s Indian Summer Festival will explore how navigating these boundaries can be tense and frightening, but also cause for excitement, learning.

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7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

This year, Vikram has challenged some of Vancouver’s top chefs to cross a culinary border, in keeping with the festival’s ‘Border Crossings’ theme. From award-winning stalwarts like Vij’s, Café Medina, Maenam, Cactus Club and Blue Water Café to the new and hip Ancora, Bodega, Bella Gelateria and Bob Likes Thai Food, this is a gastronome’s delight.

Vikram Vij and Guest Chefs
8:30 PM - 11:30 PM

Rajasthan Josh return to Vancouver following their sold out show at the 2013 Indian Summer Festival, for a musical re/union with some of BC’s great talents – composer and beat boxer Rup Sidhu, singer-songwriter Kinnie Starr, drummer Ashwin Sood, violinist Sara Fitzpatrick, and baritone Shane Raman accompanied by the Sarah McLachlan School of Music Youth Choir. This is the world music concert of the summer – bringing the raw power of myriad faiths, musical traditions, and languages on stage together.

Rajasthan Josh / Musical Group
10:00 AM - 5:00 pM

Discover the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Family FUSE Weekend, where you will meet artists, musicians, dancers, performers, and educators for a weekend filled with family fun!
Artists are influenced by many things from people and places to dreams and stories of the past. Join us this Family Fuse weekend and explore how we can all find Inspiration Everywhere. Explore the galleries summer exhibitions through a diverse range of performances, in- gallery engagement, hands- on making activities and workshops.
This edition of Family Fuse weekend features special guest artists from the Indian Summer Festival.

*FREE for Gallery Members and for children age 12 & under when accompanied by an adult. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Regular adult admission rates apply. Visit the Vancouver Art Gallery’s website for more information.

This edition of Family Fuse weekend features special guest artists from the Indian Summer Festival.

Join Chugge Khan and key members of his musical collective Rajasthan Josh at a special evening in the beautiful courtyard garden of the Ismaili Centre in Burnaby. In an informal lecture/demonstration format, they will take us on a journey of the poetry, instruments and songs that inspire them. This event follows from the concert ‘Songs of the Desert Sufis’ and provides a deeper understanding of how Sufi music and poetry continues to influence our contemporary lives.

Chugge Khan / Musician
10:00 AM - 5:00 pM

Discover the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Family FUSE Weekend, where you will meet artists, musicians, dancers, performers, and educators for a weekend filled with family fun!
Artists are influenced by many things from people and places to dreams and stories of the past. Join us this Family Fuse weekend and explore how we can all find Inspiration Everywhere. Explore the galleries summer exhibitions through a diverse range of performances, in- gallery engagement, hands- on making activities and workshops.
This edition of Family Fuse weekend features special guest artists from the Indian Summer Festival.

*FREE for Gallery Members and for children age 12 & under when accompanied by an adult. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Regular adult admission rates apply. Visit the Vancouver Art Gallery’s website for more information.

This edition of Family Fuse weekend features special guest artists from the Indian Summer Festival.
17:00 PM - 18:30 PM

BHARTI KHER Matter is part of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Institute of Asian Art’s exhibition programing which features historical, contemporary and emerging international and local asian artists, and is presented in association with the Indian Summer Festival.

Bharti Kher / Artist
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tradewind Books launches ‘When Morning Comes’, a novel by Arushi Raina – a powerful emerging literary talent. Told from the perspectives of four diverse youth during the Soweto uprising in Apartheid South Africa, the book explores the roots of the uprising and the edifice of Apartheid about to explode. This evening at community hub Heartwood Café includes a presentation by South African journalist and photographer Laurence Boxsall, who reported on the ground during the Soweto Uprising.

This event is presented by Tradewind Books in collaboration with Indian Summer Festival in keeping with the festival’s 2016 theme of ‘Border Crossings’.

Arushi Raina

In this highly personal and intimate show, our remarkable guests allow improv actors to act out key moments of their lives in front of a live audience. Backed up by a musical trio who will create the soundtrack to this amazing experience, the purpose of ‘Border Crossings’ is to honour the guest and to support the audience to enter the emotional territory of their life.

Truth Be Told Theatre

In this highly personal and intimate show, our remarkable guests allow improv actors to act out key moments of their lives in front of a live audience. Backed up by a musical trio who will create the soundtrack to this amazing experience, the purpose of ‘Border Crossings’ is to honour the guest and to support the audience to enter the emotional territory of their life.

Truth Be Told Theatre
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

'let’s heal the divide’ is a Vancouver Biennale site-specific work for VCC Downtown Campus that reflects upon the history and current conditions of Vancouver and addresses the socio-economic, political and cultural points of disconnect present in the area. The site-specific neon work, hung on the façade of the Vancouver

Community College building, marks a physical division between the Downtown East Side and the commercial and financial districts that border it. The location of this work highlights the glaring economic disparity between neighbourhoods and acts as an intersection between perceived borders. It marks a physical division between one of the most impoverished postal codes in Canada and one of the wealthiest. The artwork prompts us to question the sometimes arbitrary lines that divide us. In the spirit of hope, this piece calls for action, collective healing, connectivity, and inclusion

Toni Latour

Being LGBTQ+ and South Asian means dealing with a complex tangle of the personal and the political, one that manifests itself in diasporic communities living in countries like Canada, where same sex marriage has been legal for a decade. Despite some momentous legal milestones, many South Asians still feel unable to come out to their parents and families.

To explore these questions in life and art are three fine writers from Canada, India and the USA – Kolkata based Sandip Roy, whose novel Don’t Let Him Know was recently published to worldwide acclaim, Minal Hajratwala from San Francisco, whose A Brief Guide to Gender in India for Granta went viral on the web and Vivek Shraya, a three-time Lamda Award nominated artist from Toronto. Hosting the dialogue is noted journalist and community activist Fatima Jaffer.

Vivek Shraya, Sandip Roy, Minal Hajratwala, Kalyani Pandya and Fatima Jaffer

In a rare Vancouver appearance, Dr. Shiva will speak of ‘Seeding the Future’. Her talk will inform and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders in the fight to protect nature and people’s rights to knowledge, biodiversity, water and food. Dr. Shiva reminds us that all starts with a seed.

Dr. Shiva’s talk will be followed by a 30 minute conversation with special guest, noted environmentalist and member of parliament Elizabeth May.

Vandana Shiva / Scholar, Environmental Activist and Anti-Globalization Author
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Four years ago a young medical student was gang-raped and left for dead on the side of a road in Delhi. Systemic and horrific violence against women is a major problem in India (as it is in almost every part of the world, Canada included) but something about this incident particularly outraged Indian society. Protests rocked the capital city and spread to the rest of India and indeed, to the rest of the world. It was in this climate that London-based filmmaker and producer Leslee Udwin attempted to tell the story of a woman the media was beginning to call “India’s daughter.” The resulting documentary, India’s Daughter is described by Tina Brown as “a shocking and powerful film. It moves, it confounds and infuriates but above all it inspires. It persuades the world with an eloquent plea, at a time when gender equality is at last on the global agenda.”

Niki Sharma speaks to Leslee Udwin in a rare Vancouver appearance about her film, the debate it provoked and her role as an artist who is driving social change.

Leslee Udwin
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

What does it mean to be a Muslim in a secular democracy like Canada? Is it a public or a private identity? Can you drink wine and be a Muslim, be an atheist and a Muslim? To explore these questions are three outstanding Canadian novelists. Karim Alrawi, Monia Mazigh and Ameen Merchant. Join them as they take you through their real and imagined worlds. The dialogue is hosted by Devyani Saltzman, Director of Literary Arts at the Banff Centre.

Karim Alrawi, Monia Mazigh and Ameen Merchant.

FUSE transforms the Vancouver Art Gallery into THE place for art, music and live performance in the city. Since its inception in July 2005, thousands of FUSE–goers have converged at the Gallery for this unique adult event. Live performances in the Gallery spaces, DJs, eclectic Gallery tours and unexpected surprises have made FUSE Vancouver’s favourite see–and–be–seen event.
Vancouver’s biggest art party offers some of the best in local and international performance art, theatre, contemporary dance and music. Plus take in the FUSE lounge.

The summer edition of FUSE is guest-curated by Sirish Rao (Artistic Director of the Indian Summer Festival). FUSE: PRIVATE LIVES/PUBLIC DREAMS explores the relationships between the personal, the political, the fantastic and the mythical through art, performance, projection, dance, storytelling and music.

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

5×15 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. 5×15 has hosted speakers such as Gloria Steinem, Ben Okri, Brian Eno, Malcom Gladwell, Eve Ensler and Ahdaf Soueif. Since 2014, Indian Summer Festival has hosted the only Canadian iteration of 5×15

Carmen Aguirre, Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani, Ujjal Dosanjh, Vivek Shraya and Jeanette-Bernal Singh
10:00 PM - 2:00 AM

Indian Summer’s closing party is the place to be on a summery Saturday night, as you join festival artists and special guests in bringing the curtains down on the 2016 edition in style.
Take the sultry vibe of the Latin American tropics, combine it with the thundering rhythms of India (“Taal”) and stir it into Tropitaal, a Desi/Latino Soundclash. Created by longtime Portland favourites DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid, this is where the hottest club sounds from India and Latin America go head to head in a dance battle. Mix a potion of Reggaeton, Moombahton, Digital Cumbia, 3Ball Guarachero, Dembow, Dancehall and add some Chutney, Desiton, Bollywood & Bhangramuffin and you’ve got a scorching dance-off of epic proportions.

Dj Anjali & The Incredible Kid