Indian Summer Festival unveils a lineup exploring the idea of "inter/dependence"

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      Vancouver’s Indian Summer Festival has revealed its programming for this year’s edition, with events curated around the theme of “inter/dependence’’.

      Taking place from July 6-16 at venues across Vancouver, the 13th annual celebration—which bills itself as a "festival for the curious mind"—will feature 10 ticketed and free events.

      Things kick off with a July 6 inter/dependence opening party at Performance Works where highlights will include Edmonton poet Nisha Patel, Afro-Caribean-focussed DJ Nea, and a trans-continental choral performance overseen by conductor Hussein Janmohamed.

      The fest wraps July 16 at Performance Works with a closing cabaret where entertainment will include a drag performances by Batty Banks, DJ Vixen Von Flex and DJ Business Bacha, and the boundary-pushing jazz of three new collaborators: trumpeter Feven Kidane, singer-multi-instrumentalist Shruti Ramani, and bassist Harmeet Kaur Virdee.

      The programming highlights in between start with soundscape artists Shabazz Palaces and Sarathy Korwar bridging Afrobeat hip-hop and percussion-based Indo jazz in Rhythm Infinitum at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

      Dance choreographer Nova Bhattacharya pays tribute to the rites and rituals and women in her latest production Svāhā, where 20 performers draw on dance traditions ranging from Butoh and Bharatnatyam to salsa, ballet, and jazz.

      Punch Up meanwhile sees the Indian Summer Festival embrace the world of standup with comics Sasha Mark, Joanne Tsung, Savannah Erasmus, and Kamal Pandya come at topics from a variety of perspectives (Indigenous, queer, and first-generation immigrant settler.

      Free programming takes place on July 9 at the Granville Island Public Market where Indian Summer Fest offers live music under the banner of ISF Sound System.

      In a release announcing the programming, ISF executive director of cultural programming Pawan Deol said, “The Indian Summer Festival programming is always guided by our themes that aim to introduce festival goers with new ways to think, feel and perceive the world around us and our role within it. This year, our curatorial team worked with artists on the ‘inter/dependence’ festival theme to bring us from separateness to connectedness along with a sense of joy and levity with the work.”

      Full full scheduling and ticketing info, go here.