2021 is a year of digital festival production. As an organization with expertise in live in-person events, we are learning as we go about digital accessibility, as well as digital everything else!  We gratefully accept feedback on our digital accessibility initiatives.




Most ISF2021 Digital Premiere events will be captioned. 


Captioned Premiere events include:


–    Anoushka Shankar – The Musical Journey Of A Shapeshifter

–    Flames And Portals With Kamila Shamsie & Mohsin Hamid

–    Zakir Hussain – Alone Together

–    Knives And Sugar – Avni Doshi With Souvankham Thammavongsa

–   Finale A Night At The Orpheum


All of the above events will also be captioned ISF2021 Digital on Demand/Replay viewings.


The following events will not be captioned during their Premiere:


–  Opening Party

–   Ancient Futures – Musical Inheritances

–   Transcendence


Please note that the above three events will be captioned for OnDemand/Replay within 48 hours of the Premiere/Launch.


Low Vision


As we do every year, we will produce a dedicated space for blind and partially sighted guests to access a selection of the festival program. Stay tuned for more information on that soon. We are working with a professional team to make our website accessible to screen readers.


Indian Summer Festival & VocalEye Watch Party: Wednesday, July 28th, 6pm. 


This watch party will centre the experiences of Blind and partially sighted audiences and will include a sampling from various Indian Summer Festival 2021 productions.


During this watch party, visual artworks and performances will be described by VocalEye and Indian Summer Festival staff with plenty of time for pausing, asking questions, and adding context and background information.


FREE, register by emailing | Please let them know your viewing location and if you identify as a member of the blind/partially sighted community or as a sighted guest.


Financial barriers


We have implemented a community accessibility ticketing model, for those facing financial barriers to access. For questions about this model and how to access it, please contact Laura June Albert at




We have developed a digital arts volunteer program, designed to be accessible for people to participate without engaging in screens at all. This project is designed to be inclusive and engaging for multigenerational families living together and staying home. To participate please contact




We are open to working with direct requests for specific events as needed. If you have an access request, or would like to ask questions/offer feedback about the accessibility of Indian Summer Festival events, please contact Laura June Albert at, or by phone at +1 604 283 9172.