Past Festivals

2011-2016
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One of the city’s most ambitious cultural festivals, bringing in literary stars and intellectuals from around the world, as well as some stunning musical events. Artistic Director Sirish Rao consistently surprises audiences with a smorgasbord of delights.

Charlie Smith
The Georgia Straight
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2014
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2013
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OVER THE YEARS

Featured Artists

Over the years, Indian Summer Festival has featured some of the world’s finest artists and thinkers, playing our part in ensuring that Vancouver is a site of global conversations. We recently started a list of all the awards and honours ISF artists have been nominated for and surprised ourselves with how staggeringly impressive they are. Here we go:

Nobel Prize For Medicine
Academy Awards (Oscar)
Vogue 10 Most Impactful People
Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential
Gandhi International Peace Prize
Grammy Award
Giller Prize
Booker Prize

Governor General’s Award for Literature
Chevalier Dans L’ordre des Arts et des Lettres
Forbes Seven Most Powerful Women on The Globe
Commonwealth Writer’s Prize
Ethel Wilson Prize for Fiction
Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award

Dora Award
Leo
Juno Award
Bafta
Amazon First Book Award
James Joyce Prize
Lannan Award
Lennon/Ono Grant for Peace

National Film Award
Order of Canada
Padma Bhushan
Padma Shri
Right Livelhood Award
Samuel Beckett Award
Sydney Peace Prize
Somerset Maugham Award
World Economic Forum Crystal Award

 Deepa Mehta

Deepa Mehta

Oscar-nominated Canadian Film Director

 Waris Ahluwalia

Waris Ahluwalia

American Designer & Actor

 Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva

Indian Scholar, Environmental Activist and Anti-Globalization Author

 Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy

Acclaimed Booker Prize-Winning Indian Author

 Ustad Amjad Ali Khan

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan

Grammy Award-Winning Indian Classical Musician

 Tabu

Tabu

Award-winning Indian Actress

 Reza Aslan

Reza Aslan

American Author and Religious Studies Scholar

 Anupam Kher

Anupam Kher

Bollywood Film Star

 Dr. L. Subramaniam

Dr. L. Subramaniam

Acclaimed Indian Violinist, Composer and Conductor

 Yann Martel

Yann Martel

Booker Prize-winning Author of ‘Life of Pi’

 Shabana Azmi

Shabana Azmi

Bollywood Film Star & Women’s Rights Activist

 Leslee Udwin

Leslee Udwin

British Filmmaker, Actress, and Producer