From July 3 to 12, our favourite festival of arts, ideas and diversity returns to Vancouver for the fourth annual Indian Summer Festival. We are proud to be the official partner of two amazing events during the festival.


 1. 5×15: 5 brilliant speakers, 15 unscripted minutes each. The result is magic. 

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The 5×15 format comes to us from London, and makes its North American debut in Vancouver. The diverse list of speakers includes:

  • Zarqa Nawaz: Putting the FUN back in Fundamentalism
  • Ivan Coyote: What My Grandmother Left Us
  • Reza Aslan: The Politics of Religion
  • Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas: Why Indians Matter
  • Anita Majumdar: Cooking Stories with Only Half the Ingredients

Jugni Style is excited to partner on this inaugural edition of 5×15 in Vancouver – lookout for us at the Fox Cabaret.

5×15: July 10 at 9:00 p.m. at Fox Cabaret. Buy tickets.


2. Laughing My Way to the Mosque with Zarqa Nawaz and Anita Majumdar

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Jugni Style is ecstatic to partner with Indian Summer Festival on this special conversation that brings two fascinating, funny women together to talk about the complexities of being brown women in Canada, with a liberal dose of humour. In her new book, Zarqa Nawaz (creator of the hit TV series Little Mosque on the Prairie) tells the sometimes challenging and always funny stories of her life, including agonizing about which sparkly earrings will ‘pimp out’ her hijab, and flirting with the Walmart meat manager to score the best Halal chicken just before Eid.

In conversation with Zarqa is Jugni Style’s resident DIY beauty expert and award-winning actor, playwright, and dancer, Anita Majumdar. In her most recent production, Same Same But Different (which she wrote and starred in), Anita tackles shadeism, identity and race with her trademark brand of sensitive cultural critique and humour. Read our interview with Anita Majumdar on race, shadeism and being Canadian.

Laughing My Way to the Mosque: July 9 at 8:00 p.m. at SFU Woodwards. Buy tickets.