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Indian Summer Festival Announces 13th Season Program

Indian Summer Festival Announces 13th Season Program July 6-16

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Indian Summer Festival Announces 13th Season Program July 6-16

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Annual curated festival returns from July 6 to July 16 in venues across Vancouver

Vancouver, BC (June 7, 2023) – Indian Summer Festival (ISF), Vancouver’s ‘festival for the curious mind’ marks its 13th edition with ten ticketed and free events running from July 6 to July 16, 2023. This year, the carefully curated festival speaks to the theme of “inter/dependence’’ with events hosted in venues across Vancouver. For event details or to purchase tickets, please visit

“The Indian Summer Festival programming is always guided by our themes that aim to introduce festival goers with new ways to think, feel and perceive the world around us and our role within it,” says Pawan Deol, Executive Director of Cultural Programming. “This year, our curatorial team worked with artists on the “inter/dependence” festival theme to bring us from separateness to connectedness along with a sense of joy and levity with the work.”

The 2023 Indian Summer Festival event schedule includes:

Opening Party: inter/dependence

Date: Thursday, July 6, 2023, at 7pm

Venue: Performance Works, 1281 Cartwright Street, Vancouver

Tickets: $100,

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The legendary art-filled party features a compelling performance by Nisha Patel, the Poet Laureate Emeritus of the City of Edmonton, a trans-continental choral performance weaving together traditional sounds from South Asia, the Middle East and East Africa orchestrated by the singular composer/conductor Hussein Janmohamed along with the Afro-Caribbean rhythms of DJ Nea.

Chef Tushar Tondvalkar curates an exquisite menu featuring Indian Pantry, Kula Kitchen and Ono Vancouver.

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The Vessel With Two Mouths – Art Installation by Rajni Perera

Dates: July 6 – 13, 2023

Venue: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver

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One of the country’s leading multimedia artists Rajni Perera, is making her Vancouver debut with a new body of work, The Vessel with Two Mouths. Sprung from Perera’s imagination after a month-long residency in her home country of Sri Lanka, this exhibit at the Roundhouse represents her longing for an ancestral home and renegotiates her relationship with her heritage.

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Rajni Perera: In Conversation with Devyani Saltzman

Date: Friday, July 7, 2023, at 7pm

Venue: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU Woodwards 149 W Hastings St,


Tickets: From $20, purchase at

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Join Rajni Perera for an in-depth conversation with writer/curator Devyani Saltzman about her practice, her relationship to ancestry and Sri Lanka, and the Vancouver debut of her exhibition, The Vessel with Two Mouths. The talk is followed by a reception at the exhibit itself, at the Roundhouse.

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Not What You Expected: Harsha Walia & Anjali Appadurai with Anoushka Ratnarajah

Date: Saturday, July 8, 2023, at 8pm

Venue: Performance Works, 1281 Cartwright Street, Vancouver

Tickets: From $15, purchase

Two powerhouse activists, Harsha Walia and Anjali Appadurai, pushing against the expectations to behave like a model minority, cut through the noise in this honest conversation about compassionate leadership, institutional accountability and transparency, and decolonization. They share what drives them to continue fighting for the things that matter to them and those they love.

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This conversation is facilitated by interdisciplinary arts organizer and curator Anoushka Ratnarajah.

Event Presenting Partner: SFU Library


Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2023, at 7pm

Venue: Performance Works, 1281 Cartwright Street, Vancouver

Tickets: from $20,

Watersmeet features genre-defying music composed by sitarist Mohamed Assani and an evening showcasing a special live musical collaboration between South Asian and Western musicians. Each musical tradition brings rich histories and stories, currents that collide and merge into a new tide that flows into a greater reservoir of creative expression.

Punch Up

Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2023 at 8pm

Venue: Performance Works, 1281 Cartwright Street, Vancouver

Tickets: From $20, purchase at

As an Indian Summer Festival first, ISF hands the mic to a diverse roster of laugh makers for a dynamite night of stand-up.

Presenting: Joanne Tsung, whose unfiltered stand-up reflects her experience as a queer, first-generation immigrant settler from Taiwan. Tin Lorica’s deadpan observational storytelling pulls you into ridiculous yet relatable life moments. A Cree-Métis performer, Sasha Mark is known for his diverse comedy showcase, ‘The Sasha Ha-Ha Show.’ Using her Indigenous perspective and fashion-focused lens, Savannah Erasmus creates a fresh and endearing stand-up persona to deliver sharp truths, and Indian Summer Festival favourite Kamal Pandya.

Rhythm Infinitum: Shabazz Palaces & Sarathy Korwar in Concert

Date: Thursday, July 13, 2023, at 7pm

Venue: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, University of British Columbia

6265 Crescent Rd, Vancouver

Tickets: From $30, purchase at

Two visionary artists come together to explore, explode, and break assumptions of the linearity of time. This is an invitation into kaleidoscopic sound worlds, charting pathways from past-present-future. Experience the Afrofuturist hip-hop sonic landscapes of Shabazz Palaces (Seattle) and the Indofuturist world-building of percussionist and polymath Sarathy Korwar (UK).

Event Presenting Partner: Odlum Brown

Svāhā! – Dance Performance with Nova Bhattacharya

Date: Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15, 2023, at 8pm

Venue: Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

Tickets: From $19, purchase at

Svāhā! – is a shimmering, whirling ode to the rites and rituals of women, Nova Bhattacharya’s latest work Svāhā! celebrates the cathartic power of performance to unite people in laughter, beauty and shared joy. Inspired by women building community through acts of celebration, mourning and worship, Nova Dance uses the universal language of movement to gather people together in synchronous experience.

In addition to a cast of more than 20 performers from almost 30 different dance traditions – everything from Bharatnatyam to Butoh, as well as ballet, jazz and salsa, Svāhā! features local artists in an opening invocation that accompanies the performances. From this experience of communion and solidarity comes a work brimming with life, colour, and revelry of every hue.

Co-Produced by: SFU Woodwards, DanceHouse

Indian Summer Festival Closing Cabaret
Date: Sunday, July 16, 2023, at 7:30pm

Venue: Performance Works, 1281 Cartwright Street, Vancouver

Tickets: From $20, purchase at

The 13th Indian Summer Festival wraps with a party featuring some of our city’s most vibrant young artists! Featuring beats of DJ Vixen Von Flex and DJ Business Bacha, a drag performance led by Batty Banks and an epic trio of musicians presenting a brand-new collaboration featuring trumpeter Feven Kidane, the innovative jazz fusion sounds of Shruti Ramani, and the wondrous bass player Harmeet Kaur Virdee.

Free Weekend Indian Summer Festival Programming:
ISF Sound System – Free Music Sunday

Date: Sunday, July 9, 2023, from 11am – 5pm

Venue: Granville Island Public Market – Courtyard

1689 Johnston Street, Vancouver

Celebrate summer in the city with our free ISF music stage in the heart of Granville Island. Join us for a day of incredible live music in the Public Market Courtyard at the foot of False Creek.

About Indian Summer Festival:

Established in 2011, the Indian Summer Festival (ISF) is a multi-disciplinary arts festival produced by the Indian Summer Arts Society, a not-for-profit charitable arts organization based in Vancouver, Canada, on the unseeded Coast Salish territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. This year’s festival runs from July 6 to July 16, 2023. Its mission is to offer multi-art experiences of exceptional caliber, thoughtfully curated through a South Asian lens. ISF connects rich and complex pasts with the emerging future, delighting audiences while provoking necessary dialogue and debate.

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