Indian Summer Arts Society (ISAS) is a Vancouver-based not-for-profit secular arts organization that was incorporated as a BC registered not-for-profit in March 2011 and became a CRA registered charity in 2014.
For ten days every July, we put on Indian Summer Festival, which presents provocative multi-arts events in Vancouver and surrounding areas that feature some of the finest artists and visionaries from Canada, South Asia and beyond. From novelists to DJs, social entrepreneurs to Bollywood stars, Indian Summer Festival has presented emerging artists as well as Nobel, Booker, Grammy and Oscar prize nominees on its stages. According to the Georgia Straight, "Since it set out to strengthen cultural bonds between Canada and South Asia, Indian Summer has made a name for itself as one of the city's most vibrant and eclectic festivals."
Our programming is rigorous and quirky, with an appetite for experimentation, deep thinking, and curiosity. We see artists as important voices in the larger community, allowing us to step into the worlds they create, while also addressing the pressing questions of the one we inhabit. We offer a model for dialogue, a possibility for an inclusive community that is unafraid of striking up conversations – both cheerful and difficult ones. Together, we hope to shape a society that is robust, creative and just.