Indian Summer Festival

For ten days every July, Indian Summer Festival presents provocative multi-disciplinary art events in Vancouver with musicians, actors, writers, filmmakers, and thought leaders. Don’t miss this incredibly diverse festival from July 7–16, 2016.

The theme for this year’s festival is Border Crossings. Borders are not just geographic, but also linguistic, religious, racial, sexual, emotional, psychological and culinary. Border Crossings seeks to create space to explore these intersecting boundaries where we meet ‘the other’ to engage in meaningful and lasting dialogue.

A couple of the events have prominent South Asian writers in attendance:

5×15: Five Speakers, Fifteen Minutes Each. Magic.

5×15 is an international speakers series that features five stellar speakers, speaking for fifteen minutes each on a topic they are deeply passionate about. The only rules: the talk should be unscripted, and fifteen minutes long. The only Canadian iteration and now in its third year, we return in 2016 with an all star lineup including Oscar-nominated filmmaker Deepa Mehta on ‘The Films that Changed My Life’, psychology professor Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani on ‘The Psychology of Good and Evil’, award-winning playwright and novelist Carmen Aguirre, and Toronto based writer and musician Vivek Shraya.

5×15 Vancouver

Don’t Let Them Know: Love, Sexuality and the South Asian Family

Being LGBTQ+ and South Asian means dealing with a complex tangle of the personal and the political, one that manifests itself in diasporic communities living in countries like Canada, where same sex marriage has been legal for a decade. To explore how this tangle unravels in life and art are three writers—Kolkata-based Sandip Roy, whose novel Don’t Let Him Know was recently published to worldwide acclaim, Minal Hajratwala from San Francisco, whose “A Brief Guide to Gender in India” for Granta went viral on the web and Vivek Shraya, a three-time Lamda Award nominated artist from Toronto. Hosting the dialogue is Romi Chandra Herbert, Co-Executive Director of PeerNet.

Don’t Let Them Know

Maple Leaf Islam: The Many Shades of Belonging

What does it mean to be a Muslim in a secular democracy like Canada? To explore this question and the others lines of inquiry within are three outstanding Canadian novelists. Karim Alrawi is an award-winning playwright and internationally respected speaker on issues of freedom of expression; Dr. Monia Mazigh is a human rights advocate, business leader, and was called the “nation-builder” of the year by The Globe and Mail in 2003; and Ameen Merchant, whose debut novel The Silent Raga was shortlisted for the 2008 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. The dialogue is hosted by Devyani Saltzman, Director of Literary Arts at the Banff Centre.

Maple Leaf Islam