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Monday, April 11, 2011

Indian Summer Festival coming to Vancouver

by Parva News Network

Indian Summer Arts Society (ISAS), Teamwork Productions (India) and SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs, in association with the Consulate General of India, are pleased to announce the inaugural annual Indian Summer festival, July 7-17, 2011 in downtown Vancouver. The high-profile Indian arts and culture festival will feature 10 days of exciting programming; 20+ events, including free outdoor concerts and workshops; and an expected turnout of 10,000+ people.

In celebration of Vancouver’s 125th anniversary and the official ‘Year of India in Canada,’ Indian Summer is launching at a culturally relevant time. Michael Boucher, Director of Cultural Programs at SFU Woodward’s, states “Given the confluence of these two very significant events, it is the perfect time for a new festival to be born. We are delighted to be partners in a festival that is so multi-disciplinary and of such high calibre.”

Hosted at the new state-of-the-art Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Indian Summer will showcase top contemporary and classical Indian talent in music, dance, theatre, literature, film, visual arts,yoga and cuisine – pairing some of India’s internationally renowned artists and performers with local Vancouver counterparts. The official program line-up will be released simultaneously with the box office launch on May 25. Headline acts and early-bird tickets will be announced over the coming weeks.

Festival co-producer and Head of Teamwork, Sanjoy Roy says, “We are thrilled to bring our first festival to Canada and include Indian Summer in the bouquet of 20 festivals we produce worldwide. We see Vancouver as a cultural gateway to Asia and look forward to making Indian Summer a landmark event on the Vancouver calendar.” Indian Consul General, Ashok Das, adds, “The arts play a vital role in the economy and in creating links between cultures and nations, and I hope that Indian Summer will create a legacy over the years to come.”

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, with participation from several of Vancouver’s leading organisations, including Vancouver 125, the Vancouver International Writers Festival, Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival, SFU World Literature, Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing, Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society, Canada India Network Society, Room to Read and Vij’s.