Vancouver’s first Indian Summer Festival is an international festival of arts and ideas. Presented by Teamwork Productions and SFU Woodward’s, it will showcase “top talent from India – across music, dance, literature, film, cuisine, yoga and wellness – in conversation with Canadian counterparts.”
The idea is to celebrate “India in Canada” and fold these events and activities into Vancouver’s year-long 125th anniversary celebrations.
It all kicks off with a gala reception tomorrow, hosted by one of the world’s top Indian cuisine chefs (and local Vancouverite) Vikram Vij, and is quickly followed by multiple daily events throughout the festival. This includes the Indian Summer Film Festival (July 8 – 14), the Well-Being Experience (July 9 – 10) with Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow and Kundalini, Words on Water and A Literary Afternoon Tea on the Terrace, Bollywood Dance Classes (free), and cooking with Vikram Vij.
Tickets range from free, to $30 – $100 and there are still some available for the opening gala.
The Indian Summer Arts Society is a Vancouver-based not-for-profit organization whose mandate is to foster cultural collaborations and dialogue between Canada and India, and within communities in Canada. The festival will run July 7, 2011 until July 17, 2011. Follow Indian Summer on Twitter or Facebook for more updates.