Over the course of eleven days, you will be able to experience the Indian Summer Festival at various locations throughout Vancouver. It is a multi-arts festival that has been named as #1 of the five best festivals “worth planning your summer travels around” by Westjet Magazine.

Emerging, as well as established, artists will present everything from music and writing to public art projects and free performances throughout the festival from 5 July to 15 July. Some of the major events that you should look out for include

42nd Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival

This event will take place on 19 July. It is a unique community-based celebration with an internationally-renowned reputation for presenting the finest in traditional and contemporary folk music from around the world.

Conjuring the Future

This event will take place at the Imperial Vancouver on 319 Main Street from 8 pm on 6 July. The charismatic host of ‘Reclaimed’ on CBC, Jarrett Martineau, has curated a galaxy of potent voices from across Canada for this evening that is set to burst with talent. The night will feature multiple Vancouver premieres by some of Canada’s brightest stars in South Asian, Indigenous, Queer, Filipinx and diasporic music and movement. Some of the performers include Humble the Poet, PIQSIQ, HanHan, Sikh Knowledge, Dame Vinyl and Immigrant Lessons, to name a few.

5 x 15 Vancouver

This event will take place on 5 July from 8 pm at the Roadhouse Community Centre on 181 Roundhouse Mews. It will feature five stellar speakers, speaking for fifteen minutes each on a topic they are passionate about. What the audience gets is a brainy, eclectic and magical lineup of minds communicating with rigour and punch. The lineup of speakers for 2019 includes:

  • TED sensation and acclaimed writer Pico Iyer on ‘Matters of Life and Death’,
  • Literary blues man Arthur Flowers on ‘Reclaiming Brer Rabbit’, and
  • Novelist Eden Robinson on ‘Tricksters Forever’.

Make sure you try the best fried chicken in Vancouver if you are attending any of the Indian Summer Festival events. Church’s Chicken has a special recipe that might just be as memorable as the star performances you will see!