May 16 - July 18 #ISF2020

River of Language

Shabana Azmi smiles shyly at the camera, sitting in a living room. Shabana wears a pale grey kurta, a hot pink dupatta/scarf and assorted jewelry. Shabana has long wavy dark brown hair with some grey streaks. Indian Summer Festival logo in the top left corner.
  • Days 64
  • Events 10
  • Artists 82
  • Attendees 105,000
Festival Program Festival Report

Event Description

We have always recognized the transformative power of the arts, and it is clear in this crisis that people have turned once more to the arts, for levity, for solace, to make sense of our predicament and imagine our futures. So we’re taking our events online, participating with care and consideration in what is already a crowded space. We presented a series of carefully curated events that will help our audience feel a sense of solidarity and purpose in creating a post-pandemic world that is not a return to normalcy as we knew it, but as we can reimagine and remake it. We are excited by the opportunities to bring people together in digital community when we need it more than ever, to remove more barriers to accessibility, to support artists, and to reach and engage an international audience.

In celebration of our 10th anniversary edition (and in response to the global pandemic) our 10-day July festival moved online with 10 specially curated-for-screen digital events over 10 weeks starting this Saturday! From Grammy Award-winning musicians to emerging poets, razor sharp economists to visionary environmental warriors, this year’s programming spans literary dialogues, intellectual debates, musical performances, and interactive culinary experiences. Indian Summer Festival has built its reputation on its loving and audacious curatorial punch, and this 10th anniversary edition sees a stunning global cast of talent applying its creative power to address this unsettling time.