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.

Latest Past Events

Closing Cabaret

Performance Works 1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver

Now more than ever, it is essential to cultivate joyful and inspired spaces. So who better to wrap up the 13th festival edition than some of the most vibrant young […]

Image featuring two performers dancing on stage together amidst confetti scattered all over the stage. Several dancers are visible in the background. Text on bottom right says "Svāhā"

Nova Bhattacharya’s Svāhā!

Vancouver Playhouse 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

"In the hour that separates its rousingly cacophonous opening from its joyously freewheeling finale, choreographer Nova Bhattacharya’s new work “Svāhā!” takes audiences on an imaginative journey into the heart of […]

Image of 2 musicians, from left to right: Sarathy Korwar and Shabazz Palaces with text "Rhythm Infinitum, Shabazz Palaces & Sarathy Korwar in Concert" in the centre. The background features illustrations of teal sea kelp and wavey coral patterns. Text "Co-produced by Chan Centre logo and Presented by Odlum Brown logo are visible on the the bottom right.

Rhythm Infinitum: Shabazz Palaces & Sarathy Korwar in Concert

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts ​​6265 Crescent Rd, Vancouver

“nothing is ever what it seems, but forever is the theme” - Shabazz Palaces Two visionary artists come together to explore, explode, and break assumptions of the linearity of time. […]