Events

ISF2022 Inner / Outer Climates brings you some of the world’s most powerful thinkers on climate change and social justice, a 2022 Grammy Award-winning musician, a boundary-pushing dance performance, a science-meets-art experience that brings you music from mushrooms, doctors and healers forging new pathways in the complex art of healing, award-winning filmmakers, sitar maestros, tabla wizards, brass bands, human-animal hip hop collaborations, outdoor art installations, Indigenous and South Asian DJs reclaiming their languages while making new ones. There will be food for thought and for the stomach, celebration and provocation. We’re honoured to present a galaxy of artists who lead us to examine and dream new ways of living our lives, and to healing our inner and outer climates. 

A Life in Rhythm: Trichy Sankaran & The Offering of Curtis Andrews in Concert

Norman Rothstein Theatre 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver

World-renowned mridangam maestro Dr. Trichy Sankaran returns to Vancouver to perform with his long-time disciple Curtis Andrews and his ensemble, The Offering of Curtis Andrews. The last time this combination occurred in Vancouver was at a sold-out concert in 2018, which received rave reviews. COVID-derailed a planned CD release concert at the Indian Summer Festival in 2020. Finally, the […]

$13.75 – $27.54

Ruby Singh’s Vox.Infold

This is a special sound installation, experienced as an immersive experience or ‘sound bath’ in the groundbreaking Lobe studio using 4DSOUND technology. Vibroacoustic floor panels and speakers placed across the ceiling give you a sense of total immersion, with sound vibrations so intense that they cross into the realm of touch—you feel the sound as […]

$19.00

Opening Party – Inner / Outer Climates

Performance Works 1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver

"There's not another event like it on the summer calendar in Vancouver" — The Georgia Straight Our legendary art-filled party always signals the start of ISF season, and we’re back in person for the first time in two years! Speaking to our festival theme of Inner / Outer Climates are a roster of musical and […]

By invitation

The O Show

Performance Works 1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver

"Orene has stepped up to the plate to represent her communities, and her brilliance has not gone unnoticed." — Stir Vancouver Orene Askew aka DJ O Show has many identities – a sought after DJ, vibrant motivational speaker, a two-spirited Afro-Indigenous person, a former Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) councilor, and a pillar of Vancouver’s LGBT+ […]

$5 – $45

Imaginarium: Parables for a Planet in Crisis

Performance Works 1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver

Imaginarium is an electric evening of ideas, conversation and music hosted by award-winning Indigenous broadcaster and curator Jarrett Martineau and visionary artistic director Sirish Rao. Together, they invoke a long continuum of storytelling to weave present and past into intimate interviews with some of the world’s most noted writers and thinkers.  For this inaugural edition […]

$10 – $50

Modern Biology

Performance Works 1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver

“…his videos of mushrooms making calming ambient soundscapes, have already racked up more than half a million Tik Tok followers and 25 million views.” - The Guardian, UK Modern Biology is the new project of veteran musician Tarun Nayar. Formally trained in Indian Classical music and educated as a biologist, Modern Biology sees him turn […]

$10 – $50

Closing Party feat. Madison McFerrin

Performance Works 1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver

 “This is Soul-capella!” - Questlove (about Madison McFerrin) Our 12th festival edition wraps its indoor programming with a fabulous, celebratory musical finale. Headlining the evening is the transcendental Madison McFerrin, who comes in from Brooklyn. Her critically acclaimed a cappella EP series, Finding Foundations, led Questlove to dub her sound “soul-cappella.” After making her debut […]

$10 – $50

ISF Sound System (July 10 and July 17)

Granville Island Public Market Courtyard 1689 Johnston St, Vancouver

ISF Sound System is our free music stage in the heart of Granville Island’s Public Market courtyard. Over two Sunday afternoons (July 10 and July 17), we bring the sounds of classical and contemporary South Asia to the island. Featuring singer/songwriters, sitar virtuosos, tabla gurus and even a brass band, this is a musical Thali […]