Accessibility

Indian Summer Festival is committed to providing accessible experiences in person and online. We are actively working to improve the accessibility of our festival and gratefully accept feedback on our initiatives. 

If you have an access request, or would like to ask questions/offer feedback about the accessibility of Indian Summer Festival events, please get in touch with our team at info@indiansummerfest.ca, or by phone at +1 604 283 9172 ext. 1.


COVID PROTOCOLS:

Indian Summer Festival will adhere to the pandemic guidelines of the Provincial Health Office and the rules of the venues in which we operate.

ISF2022 has a mix of fully indoor, fully outdoor, and indoor/outdoor events. Some of our venues may require masks to be worn indoors; we will keep attendees informed on requirements. In the instances where masks are not required, we will encourage attendees to wear masks, without enforcing their use.

Unless the recommendation to do so is reinstated by the Province, we will not screen attendees for proof of vaccination.

For event specific information please see Event Descriptions.

MOBILITY ACCESS:

In 2022, Indian Summer Festival will be presented primarily through our main festival hub: Performance Works on Granville Island. We also have one event at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, and a few outdoor activations around Granville Island (see event descriptions). Both of our indoor venues are accessible to people using mobility aids, including wide and flat entrances, access to ramps and elevators, wheelchair and scooter accessible washrooms, and appropriate seating. For more detailed venue access information, please see venue-specific links. 

PRIORITY & ASSIGNED SEATING: 

We offer early entry and/or assigned priority seating for people with invisible disabilities, low vision, or chronic pain. We can arrange this onsite, or contact us to plan in advance.

COMPANION TICKETING: 

A complimentary ticket will be provided (subject to availability) to anyone requiring a companion for access. For assistance booking a companion ticket please contact us, or purchase a ticket under general admission for a given event, and you will be prompted to add a complimentary companion ticket at checkout.

LOW-VISION FRIENDLY: 

Some festival events are “low-vision friendly” and accessible for people who are blind or partially sighted without the need for a visual description. These audio-centric events include our annual Ideas Series of panel conversations and artist talks as well as some music performances. Events with high visual content will not be marked as low-vision friendly. Guests who are blind or partially sighted are eligible for complimentary companion ticketing (subject to availability) and priority seating. Indian Summer Festival is proud to partner with VocalEye to increase the accessibility of our programming to audience members who are blind and partially sighted. 

Feature Low-Vision Event:

Join us at our third-annual VocalEye/Indian Summer Festival Digital Watch Party (held on Zoom) on Wednesday July 27th, 6pm. While this event is open to all audiences, this watch party will centre and privilege the experiences of people who are blind and partially sighted. 

Registration is required. Register by contacting info@vocaleye.ca or 604-364-5949. Please share in the email if you identify as a member of the blind/partially sighted community or as a sighted guest. 

ARTISTIC SIGN LANGUAGE:

We recognize that audio-centric events made accessible by translation are inadequate for the poetics of sign language. We strive to program meaningful events outside of audio-centric and surface translation presentations. Stay tuned for more information coming soon. 

SCENT:

Indian Summer Festival emails all ticket holders requesting that attendees refrain from wearing scented products at all of our events. However it is important to note we do not enforce this policy, nor do our venues have permanent scent-free policies in place.

COMMUNITY TICKETING:

All ISF2022 events offer reduced-rate tickets for low-income individuals (subject to availability). These tickets are reserved for members of our community facing financial barriers. There are also ‘pay what you can’ scaled tickets available throughout our entire festival roster, and we encourage audience members to self-select according to what accurately reflects their financial capacity.

 

ACCESS INFO BY VENUE:
Photo of the interior of The Chan Center interior by Nic Lehoux.

Photo of the interior of The Chan Center interior by Nic Lehoux.

 

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts:

 

Events at this venue: Arooj Aftab in Concert

 

Chan Centre Access info: https://chancentre.com/accessibility/