Stars descend on SFU Woodward’s for Indian Summer Festival


Anupam Kher
Anupam Kher

THE 2015 Indian Summer Festival, produced by the Indian Summer Arts Society and presented with Simon Fraser University, brings the world to Vancouver July 9-18 through a series of provocative, multi-arts events featuring international visionaries and stars. Presented in partnership with SFU Community Engagement, the festival is one of the many exciting events that will celebrate the University’s forthcoming 50th anniversary.

The 5th annual festival will feature talks by literary stars and social entrepreneurs, a genre-bending jazz concert with a Nobel Prize winning scientist, one of India’s most renowned musical maestros, and a special series of free public art projects.

Among highlights at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts:

* The Ever After: Memories, Silences, Traumas, with Padma Viswanathan and Jaspreet Singh, two of Canada’s most brilliant literary stars – July 10

* In the Driver’s Seat: Stories From the Cab, presented by a group of writers who once drove (or still drive) taxis – July 10

* Anything Can Happen: An Evening with actor Anupam Kher – who will sit in the interviewee’s chair and chat candidly about life in Bollywood and his forays into international cinema – July 14

* Menstrual Man: The Eccentric Visionary, with Arunachalam Muruganantham, social entrepreneur and one of Time Magazine’s world’s most influential people (2014) – July 16

* Clay Water Brick: Small Entrepreneurs with Big Dreams, with Jessica Jackley, co-founder of the revolutionary micro-lending site Kiva – July 16

* The Wrath of God: Religion & Violence in the World Today, with writer and religious scholar Reza Aslan – July 16

The Indian Summer Arts Society is a not-for-profit charitable arts organization whose mission is to offer daring, multi-arts events that catalyze and inspire audiences and artists in a spirit of dialogue and global citizenship.

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