It’s a meeting of great minds. An Indian cinema icon, a spoken word artist and a leading Indian feminist writer converge with local musicians, a Delhi-based classical jazz/fusion band and an internationally renowned chef. This is Indian Summer Festival.
From July 5 – 15, we’ll be dancing, listening, eating and talking our way through the 2nd annual Indian Summer Festival: A Festival of Arts + Ideas in Vancouver. And this isn’t your run-of-the-mill South Asian festival either. The goal is to encourage conversation, whether it’s around India and Pakistan’s political dance with MJ Akbar, or thinking about identity with writers like David Chariandy, Anoosh Irani and literary newbie, Gurjinder Basran. And we can’t forget food, that universal bond that links us all together. Celebrity chef Vikram Vij will act as a gastronaut, leading a journey through Indian foods and local wines.
Here are our picks for the festival.
A Life In the Limelight with Sharmila Tagore – An intimate evening with Sharmila Tagore, an icon of Indian cinema, as she talks about her life in the limelight, taking the audience on a journey through five decades of Indian cinema, from art house epics with Satyajit Ray through to Bollywood blockbusters alongside Amitabh Bachchan. Friday July 6, 7pm | SFU Surrey
Mrigya: Sounds of the Sufis – A rich blend of classical Hindustani, Qawwali, Blues & Jazz, Mrigya is the sound of contemporary Delhi. Mrigya burst onto the international scene 11 years ago when they won the Herald Angel award for Best Music Act at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and have toured India and the world to much acclaim. Friday July 15, 8pm | SFU Woodwards Milton + Fei Wong Theatre
The Other Side of Silence – “Early in my life I realized that knowledge is a most powerful weapon, and the silence of women across the world was premised on the denial of knowledge and information.” Urvashi Butalia is a renowned Indian writer, publisher, feminist and author of the award-winning The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India. Urvashi will talk about the women’s movement, partition, and activism, in a conversation with Charlie Smith, Editor of the Georgia Straight. Saturday July 14, 7:30pm | SFU Woodwards Studio D
Lit + Sound Cabaret – Led by an all-star cast of wordsmiths and artists, the Lit + Sound Cabaret will feature ghazals from rising performer Sheniz Janmohamed, with the lyrical tones of musician Mohamed Assani. Storytelling by Chris Bose, digital performance art by Chris Creighton Kelley, poetry from Cecily Nicholson, and indigenous beats and video-montages by Toronto DJ SkyCave will compliment an evening of good food and wine. Saturday July 14, 9pm | W2 Indian Summer Lounge @ W2 Media Cafe
W2 Indian Summer Lounge – Enjoy a South Asian inspired menu featuring interesting things like elk and curried buffalo, from June 26 – July 31 at W2 Media Cafe. We’ll be sipping on the Cardamom Rose Latte while nibbling on double chocolate cardamom rose cake with orange rose butter cream icing (yum!). Opens Tuesday June 26 at 6pm | W2 Media Cafe at SFU Woodwards
Enter to win! We’re giving away ticket packages to Indian Summer Festival, a limited edition designer scarf, and dinner for two. Find out more here.