Indian Summer Festival

Indian Summer Festival is Crossing Borders

Multi-Cultural Events Across Vancouver Celebrate Arts and Culture

The 6th annual Indian Summer Festival promises to be the most culturally stimulating ten-days of the year! Running from July 7-16, the festival hosts innovative thought-leaders and visionaries from Canada, South Asia and beyond. Guests will experience the brilliance of contemporary artist Bharti Kher, musical group Rajasthan Josh, filmmaker Deepa Mehta and environmental activist Vandana Shiva, among many others who will come together to explore and expand our intersecting borders.

This year’s special guest, Waris Ahluwalia, is a noted actor, model, designer, who was most recently in the news for his campaign ‪ ‪#FearIsAnOpportunityToEducate after he was prevented from boarding a flight to New York Fashion Week because of his turban. His border-crossing story sets the stage for world-renowned leaders in the arts, environmentalism and politics to share their talent, knowledge, and stories in an inclusive and innovative festival setting.

“Our 2016 ‘Border Crossings’ theme recognizes and encourages pushing barriers,” shared Sirish Rao, Indian Summer Festival Artistic Director. “Not only geographically, but also linguistically, religiously, sexually, and racially. We’re excited to promote conversation and provoke ideas, creating the space for us to meet at these borders.

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2016 Event Highlights

What Not to Wear – Actor, designer and model, Waris Ahluwalia talks fashion, creativity and how he turned a discriminatory incident into a chance to educate.

Indian Summer Festival Opening Gala – Guests will be treated to a cross- border culinary tour by Vancouver’s top chefs.

Maple Leaf Islam – Three outstanding Canadian novelists will dive into the borders and possibilities in their real and imagined worlds.

Seeding the Future – In a rare Vancouver appearance, world-renowned environmentalist Vandana Shiva, will explore the impact of North American food systems on the planet and the people inhabiting it.

Songs of the Desert Sufis – International music sensations Rajasthan Josh give Vancouver a taste of their electrifying sound, driven by rumbling Nagara drums, soulful strings and vocals that dip into Sufi traditions from the12th century to the present day. They are joined by an all star cast of BC musicians, from Rup Sidhu to Kinnie Starr.

Tropitaal, the Indian Summer Festival Closing Party – The border crossings theme gets a playful touch as DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid conjure up a Latin/Indian soundclash mixing the pop cultures and music of Mexico and India.

By annually hosting cross-cultural, eye-opening and thought-provoking art exhibitions, literary presentations and music events, the Indian Summer Festival has firmly established itself as an integral part of Vancouver’s cultural landscape and was named by WestJet Magazine as #1 of the “Five Best Canadian Summer Festivals Worth Planning Your Summer Travels Around.”

To meet us at these borders, visit for the full lineup of events and to purchase tickets,

Indian Summer Festival is presented in partnership with Simon Fraser University.

About Indian Summer Festival

Established in 2011, Indian Summer Festival is a multi-disciplinary arts festival where worlds meet in Vancouver. The festival features some of the finest artists and visionaries from Canada, South Asia and beyond, and is produced by Indian Summer Arts Society, a not-for-profit charitable arts organization based in Vancouver, Canada. Its mission is to offer multi-disciplinary arts experiences that bring together diverse artists and audiences in a spirit of global dialog.

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