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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Acclaimed artists performing in Canada

by Parva News Network

Internationally acclaimed artists are coming to Vancouver on the occasion of the first annual Indian summer festival. Indian Consul General, Ashok Das, notes, “The arts play a vital role in the economy and in creating links between cultures and nations, as such I am proud to support Indian Summer and am confident the festival of arts & ideas will create a legacy over the years to come.” “We are thrilled to bring our first festival to Canada and include Indian Summer in the bouquet of 17 festivals in 11 countries and 21 cities we produce,” said Sanjoy Roy, Festival co-producer and Managing Director of Teamwork. “We see Vancouver as a cultural gateway to Asia and look forward to making IndianSummer a landmark event on the Vancouver calendar.”

Indian Summer is being supported by the High Commission of India in Canada, the Consulate General of India in Vancouver and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, and co-produced by Indian Summer ArtsSociety, SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs and Teamwork Productions. Several of Vancouver’s leading organizations have partnered, funded or sponsored the first annual Indian Summer Festival including the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, Vancouver 125, the Vancouver International Writers Festival, Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival (VISAFF), Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society, Canada India Network Society, YYoga, the Centre for Innovation in Culture & Arts in Canada, TiE Vancouver, Shiamak Davar Dance Company, Room to Read and Vij’s. Media sponsors include the Vancouver Sun, The Province, OMNI TV and CBC.

For more information, please visit www.IndianSummerFestival.ca.

About Indian Summer Arts Society
Indian Summer Arts Society is a Vancouver-based not-for-profit organization whose mandate is to foster cultural dialogue between Canada and India, and within communities in Canada.

About Teamwork Productions
Teamwork Productions (India) produces 17 performing and visual arts festivals in 21 cities across 11 countries including Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, India, Israel, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, UK and USA. http://teamworkproductions.in/

SFU Woodward's
SFU Woodward's works with the community to present professional multi-disciplinary cultural programming that aspires to reach into diverse communities and build audiences through innovation, accessibility and affordability. http://sfuwoodwards.ca/

About ‘Year of India in Canada’
Following the visits of Stephen Harper to India and Manmohan Singh to Canada, the two Prime Ministers named 2011 the official ‘Year of India in Canada’. At the opening ceremonies in Ottawa on March 4, 2011, Harper said, "This year will provide an excellent opportunity to showcase India's colourful culture and traditions while strengthening connections between our two countries… [It] represents a unique opportunity to explore Canada's rich cultural diversity.”