Indian Summer Festival

Free Events at the Indian Summer Festival

For the past 7 years, Indian Summer Festival has built a reputation in the city for its innovative artistic collaborations, genre-straddling work and its diverse audiences – and this year from July 5-15 they’re taking on their biggest theme yet – “Mythmaking” – exploring 10 centuries of storytelling and human imagination (promo video here)!

Highlights of the Indian Summer Festival

The launch of PAUSE: a new FREE outdoor programming hub in Vanier Park!

  • 10 days of free events include the unveiling of a collaborative artwork from Sandeep Johal and Debra Sparrow, Indigenous Fashion Week show, outdoor musical performance in the park, kite-making workshop and Tiffin Talks – a six-part lunchtime ideas series featuring a diverse group of thought leaders, artists and changemakers, gathering to share ideas and a meal together (full details below)

Make it a double-bill: Save $10 when you purchase tickets to both July 7 events at The Imperial!

  • Confluence, an unforgettable night at The Imperial celebrating the power of the lyric in literature and music. Jarrett Martineau, charismatic host of ‘Reclaimed’ on CBC curates a galaxy of potent voices from around the world with his customary eclectic, finger-on-the-pulse vision. Featuring artists including Too Attached (IN Magazine’s 2018 Canadian Artists To Watch) and Jhalaak, a new project by Juno award-winning sound designer Adham Shaikh, composer Rup Sidhu and members of Sufi music supergroup Rajasthan Josh.
  • 5×15 (July 7) – The festival plays host for the fifth year running to this ever-popular global speaker series – what The New York Times describes as “an evening of offline, communal surfing” – featuring five eclectic artists who will speak for fifteen minutes, unscripted, on a topic they are deeply passionate about. What the audience gets is a quick, sharp and diverse lineup of artists, speaking on an eclectic range of topics with rigour and wit!

Full line-up here.


About the Pause Pavilion

The PAUSE pavilion (originally designed for TED2017) will be situated at the site of the village of sən̓aʔqʷ, currently known as Vanier Park. It was conceptualized as an outdoor space to reflect, gather, and interact within. Chairs adorn the walls of the structure, giving it a jarring, appearance that represents the thorny, challenging problems of the world today. The exterior can only be smoothed by the removal of a chair – in effect solving a problem through gathering and dialogue…the perfect venue for Indian Summer’s PAUSE events, curated with the aim of nurturing a culture of openness and curiosity, and building an inclusive community in Vancouver that’s unafraid of striking up conversations — both cheerful and difficult. Events include:

Gratitude Song (PAUSE Launch – July 6)– A musical tribute to Coast Salish lands – a group of local Coast Salish cultural leaders and grateful guests share songs that ask us to think deeply about where we stand while showing our gratitude for the unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories. Artist-in-residence Sandeep Johal and Musqueam weaver Debra Sparrow will also unveil their collaborative artwork that will be exhibited at the pavilion throughout the festival!

Mythical Vancouver – An evening of listening to oral histories about the beautiful lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, and sharing diverse perspectives of place with the aim of expanding understandings and challenging colonial erasure.

PAUSE in the Park – A weekend “festival within a festival,” featuring Vines (community-oriented performance series that speaks to environmental and social justice), a community mandala workshop, fashion show from Indigenous Fashion Week, music from Jhalaak, a kite-making workshop…and lots more art, performances and workshops!

Tiffin Talks – A six-part lunchtime ideas series featuring a diverse group of thought leaders, artists, innovators, and changemakers, gathering to share ideas and a meal together.



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