Indian Summer Festival kicks off new fundraising campaign on Giving Tuesday

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      Now in its 10th year, the Indian Summer Festival has expanded to offer year-round programming.

      As one example, last month the festival society hosted an event at Granville Island with celebrated novelist, essayist, and Man Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy.

      She was in town to discuss her new book, My Seditious Heart.

      Today on Giving Tuesday (December 3), the festival's cofounders, Laura Byspalko and Sirish Rao, have launched a new fundraising campaign, $10K for 10 Years, to help fund more events like this.

      "The world is building more and more walls and societies are getting suspicious and afraid of people who don’t look like them and think like them," Rao wrote in an email to the festival's supporters. "Our solution is to continue offering transformative experiences to show the power of the arts as the connecting thread where worlds meet.

      "We know we have more in common than what divides us, and we know there has never been a more urgent time to bring our communities together."

      The 10th Indian Summer Festival in Vancouver will take place next year from July 9 to 19.