A Scintillating Celebration of Arts & Ideas: Indian Summer Festival

The following article was contributed by Tourism Vancouver Staffer, Krista Edwardson.

East meets west at the second annual Indian Summer Festival, kicking off July 5 for a 10-day celebration of South Asian wellness, music, film, literature and of course cuisine. During this deliciously rich festival of arts and ideas, the SFU Woodward’s Complex and Goldcorp Centre for the Arts will invite the city to visit, experience and explore the culture of India.

The opening gala, A Culinary Tour of India, will be hosted by Vancouver’s own Vikram Vij. The gala will highlight various regional cuisines and the sophisticated flavour profiles of the sub-continent, all paired with fine beverages. Entertainment includes a performance by acclaimed musician Mohamed Assani, electric dance moves from the Shiamak Vancouver Dance Team and killer tracks by DJ Rup Loops.

After all that partying, join leading experts from India and Canada for The Well-Being Weekend. After all, life is all about balance. In addition to talks, demonstrations and hands-on classes, the event features two yoga studios and sixteen sessions dedicated to yoga postures, meditation and pranayama. Visitors can also drop in for lectures on health, nutrition, ayurveda and feeling good.

Other events include:

A Life in the Limelight: Sharmila Tagore & Five Decades of Indian Cinema
July 6- 8 & 13-15 at 7pm: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Five nights of film screenings celebrate India’s legacy of gripping, incredible cinema. The series kicks off with an intimate evening featuring Indian film icon Sharmila Tagore discussing her life in cinema. Each subsequent evening will feature a classic film starring Tagore, progressing from the 1960’s to today.

Free Dance Classes: Bollywood Grooves & Bhangra Moves
July 6-8 & 13-15, 6pm: W2, Woodward’s Atrium (facing London Drugs)
Shiamak Davar is a world-renowned choreographer known for his trendsetting work in
Bollywood blockbusters. Join his Vancouver Dance Team at these fun Bollywood Jazz classes, combining the energy, colour and flavour of Indian cinema with the classic flair of Jazz.

Dinner by Starlight
Saturday, July 7, 7pm: Secret Vancouver Location
Vikram Vij hosts a rare and exclusive five-course dinner reception with icon of Indian
cinema and guest of honour Sharmila Tagore. The event will take place at a secret location, with ticket holders let it on the locale two weeks prior.

The Other Side of Silence with Urvashi Butalia
Saturday, July 14, 7:30pm: Studio D, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
A leading Indian feminist and historian, Urvashi Butalia founded India’s first feminist
publishing house, Kali for Women, and is the author of several books, including the award winning The Other Side of Silence. Hear her amazing story during this must-attend lecture.

Who Do You Think You Are? with Gurjinder Basran, David Chariandy & Anosh Irani
Sunday, July 15, 8pm: Studio D, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Three of B.C.’s most celebrated young writers of distinctly different backgrounds discuss how their respective heritage and upbringing have influenced issues of identity, location and language.

For complete 2012 festival line-up and details, please visit indiansummerfestival.ca.

Tickets are available through Tickets Tonight or visit the ticket booth located inside Tourism Vancouver’s Visitors Centre (Plaza Level, 200 Burrard Street).

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