The theme for this year’s festival is “Mythmaking.”
“To celebrate our 8th year, we’ve taken on our biggest theme yet,” said Sirish Rao, Indian Summer Festival artistic director, in a release.
“Mythmaking explores ten centuries of human imagination by presenting story-telling in all its many forms. As ever, our approach includes unexpected pairings of the local with the international, traditional with contemporary, from the inheritors of ancient oral storytelling traditions to some of the world’s sharpest journalists guiding us through the contemporary mythmaking that is fake news.”
Indian Summer Festival Opening Party (July 5) – Presented by Concord Pacific. Chef Vikram Vij invites the city’s top chefs to join him in creating food inspired by mythology at one of Vancouver’s most sought-after summer parties!
5×15 (July 7) – The festival plays host for the fifth year running to this ever-popular global speaker series, featuring five eclectic artists who will speak for fifteen minutes, unscripted, on a topic they are deeply passionate about. This year’s all-star lineup at The Imperial Vancouver includes Jarrett Martineau, Co-Founder of contemporary indigenous music record label, Revolutions Per Minute, and prize-winning CanLit luminary, Charlotte Gill.
Living Legends(July 9) – a rare performance of Sanskrit theatre, performed by the Nepathya troupe at the Chan Centre. This is the first time that Kutiyattam, India’s oldest surviving form of Sanskrit theatre, will be performed in Canada. This ancient art-form has remained unaltered for hundreds of years and has been declared by UNESCO as a ‘masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity.’
Hariprasad Chaurasia in Concert(July 14) – Presented by Nature’s Path, the undisputed maestro of the flute, Hariprasad Chaurasia, makes a rare visit to Vancouver. A living legend, he is counted among the last of the great masters of the North Indian Bamboo flute, and is best known for popularizing Indian Classical Music all over the world. He has created music with icons such as John McLaughlin and The Beatles’ George Harrison, and on July 14, is joined by French flautist, Jean-Christophe Bonnafous and classical tabla virtuoso, Subhankar Banerjee at The Orpheum Theatre.
Songs for Scheherazade (July 15) – A spectacular outdoor performance in the formal gardens of the Ismaili Centre from celebrated sitar player Mohamed Assani and one of the world’s only professional all-female orchestras, the Allegra Chamber Orchestra.
More events will be announced soon! Be sure to check the Indian Summer Festival website for more details. Tickets for events are on sale now!
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