The 13th Annual Indian Summer Festival took place from July 6-16th in Vancouver. In 2023 our distilled, powerful, ten-event lineup spoke to the theme of ‘inter/dependence’’. The idea of the individual human being as a distinct, autonomous, and self-determined unit is a fiction created by Euromodernity. Rather, Ancient Cultures have long understood that we exist in relationship to all. How could we truly understand our/selves in isolation when we are sculpted by near and distant conditions, and we affect all through our actions?

Our 2023 festival theme of inter/dependence was an invitation to our artists to unpack the illusion of separateness, to explore shifts in their own work from fragmentation and isolated individualism to constellations of connectedness. It is with this sentiment in our hearts – the power of the collective and the multivalent interdependence that is essential to societies and ecosystems – that we delivered this festival edition.

Punjabi Market Tour – Extended!

In front of Frontier Cloth House Main and E 51st Avenue, Vancouver

A self-guided tour for Covid times that takes you through the past, present and vibrant future of this significant market.

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 […]


Under The Banyan Tree

Ocean Art Works Pavilion 1531 Johnston St, Vancouver

The Banyan Tree (ficus benghalensis) with its aerial roots, and the ever-spreading canopy is a hugely important tree in India. Not only is it India’s national tree, but it is […]

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 […]

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 […]

$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 […]

$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 […]

$10 – $50


Performance Works 1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver

"A luscious celebration of all things sensual and erotic, full-throttled defiance of heteronormative clichés, and a loving embrace of self.” — A.A. Cristi, Broadway World Created by award-winning dancer and […]

$5 – $45