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5×15: The Art of the Wild

July 15, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$10 – $50

“If 5×15’s packed soirees feel like an evening of offline, communal surfing, it’s due to the eclectic menu of speakers.” 

5×15 is a global speakers series that has hosted some of the world’s most highly regarded thinkers. Quite simply, it features five stellar speakers, speaking for fifteen minutes each on a topic they are deeply passionate about. The result is a heady, stimulating evening of mind-expanding perspectives. Since 2014, the Indian Summer Festival has hosted the only Canadian iteration of 5×15, and we return in 2022 with a stellar lineup of writers, musicians, filmmakers and activists to speak of our complex relationship with the wilderness in our inner and outer worlds. They are:

Award-winning actor, screenwriter and director Agam Darshi on wildness in individuals, and the personal, social and political climates that thwart or encourage it. 

Merlin Sheldrake, New York Times Bestselling author of ‘Entangled Life’ on how fungi make our worlds, can change our minds, heal our bodies, and shape our futures.

Environmental advocate Anjali Appadurai on climate justice and weaving politics and art together to reflect the times we are living in and galvanize true collective action.

Multi-dimensional musician Ruby Singh on Polyphonic Garden, his musical project aligned with the solar cycle and incorporating field recordings of wild places and beings and plane wave technology that converts electrical data from plants and fungi into sound.

And it wouldn’t be an ISF special if we didn’t break format to present a special conversation between the legendary Oscar-nominated filmmaker Deepa Mehta and the Booker Prize-nominated writer Avni Doshi on a soon-to-be film. You’ll be the first to get this sneak peek as the project moves from page to screen.

All of this is held together and hosted by the sometimes genial, sometimes caustic, always brilliant comedian Kamal Pandya, coming in from the nation’s capital just for this special evening.

Note: As per our new COVID policy, everyone is required to wear masks indoors.



July 15, 2022
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$10 – $50
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1218 Cartwright St
Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3R8 Canada