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ISF2017: I See the Promised Land

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SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

149 West Hastings Street

Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4


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Indian Summer Festival 2017


A blues-based performance of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King by Arthur Flowers

PRESENTING PARTNER: US Consulate Vancouver

Save $6 when you purchase tickets to both 'I See the Promised Land' and 'Graphically Speaking'. Simply choose the double-ticket package deal when making your purchase and you will receive the 2nd event ticket in 1-2 business days.

“...an outstanding cultural hybrid of unexpected storytelling traditions.” – The Smithsonian

Arthur Flowers is a literary bluesman who performs in the oral storytelling tradition of the griots, where literature, myth-work, destiny and magical realism meet.

Arthur comes from Memphis, Tennessee – where Martin Luther King gave his last address ‘I’ve been to the mountaintop…’ before being assassinated. Seven years ago he collaborated with Indian scroll painter Manu Chitrakar, who paints in the tradition of the ‘patua’ wandering minstrels of West Bengal to create a stunning, impassioned and multi-dimensional biography of Martin Luther King Jr.

Listen to this master storyteller as he performs the story of King and others from his repertoire, taking us back to a time when the storyteller was singer, satirist and magician, all rolled into one.


5:30pm - Doors and box office open

6:00pm - Event starts

7:30pm - Book signing

This event has been made possible thanks to support from the BC Arts Council, the US Consulate, and SFU Woodwards (Community Partner).

ASL is available for this event! Please email outreach@indiansummerfest.ca to request ASL services before June 23rd.

For venue description and accessibility information: SFU Woodwards

Indian Summer Festival is made possible thanks to the wonderful support of:

Simon Fraser University (Founding Partner)

Langara College (Major Partner)

Heritage Canada, Province of BC, City of Vancouver - Cultural Services (Government Partners)

CBC, Georgia Straight & Spice Radio (Premier Media Partners)


Are there services fees on top of the ticket price?

For your convenience our listed ticket prices include GST, service fees, and payment processing fees.

What is the accessibility of this event?

ASL: There is ASL available for this show upon request - please email outreach@indiansummerfest.ca to request ASL before Friday June 23rd.

This event is a scent-reduced space; please refrain from wearing scented products while attending Indian Summer Festival events.

Mobility Access: Goldcorp Centre for the Arts is accessible by either the Hastings Street or Cordova Courtyard entrances. The Hastings Street entrance is at ground level, while the Cordova Courtyard entrance can be accessed by a ramp outside the Woodward's Westbank Atrium. The entrance to the ramp is across from JJ Bean Coffee, under the Stan Douglas Mural. Inside the building all venues are accessible by elevator.

When purchasing tickets please continue to “checkout” where you will be prompted to select a wheelchair accessible seat as well as up to one complimentary companion, who will be provided with a chair next to you.

All washrooms are accessible for wheelchairs and scooters.

There is no designated wheelchair accessible parking, only street and parkade parking around the neighbourhood.

Low Vision: This is a low vision friendly show. The programming itself is auditory. We offer one complimentary companion ticket for those who require assistance in order to attend.

Hearing Assist: Infrared hearing assist available upon request in the Cinema only - not in the World Art Centre

Bathrooms: There are sadly no single stalled non-gendered bathrooms located on the third or fourth floors at this venue. The multi-stall bathrooms opposite the elevators will be gendered and trans-inclusive. All washrooms are accessible for wheelchairs and scooters.

Seat Design: Varies by room within this building, please see event pages for most up to date room assignments. In the Cinema: Individual cinema seats, with cushioned arms. In the World Art Centre: Individual chairs, with metal arms.

Scent: Indian Summer Festival emails all ticket holders requesting that guests refrain from wearing scented products at all of our events. However, this venue does not have a permanent scent-free policy in place.

If you have any questions, concerns, additions or corrections regarding this information please email outreach@indiansummerfest.ca

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

This is an all-ages event. Everyone, including children of any age, requires a ticket.

What is the refund policy for this event?

Refunds are not available for any Indian Summer Festival events.

Is there reserved seating?

Seating is first-come first-served.

Will there be tickets available at the door?

While there may be some tickets available at the door, we recommend buying in advance as many events do sell out. The box office will open at 5:30pm the day-of the event and be located at 149 W Hastings St. Tickets at the door will be $22 inclusive of all taxes and fees, available for purchase by cash or credit card while supplies last.

Will I be allowed in if I arrive late?

Latecomers will be permitted entry and seated by an usher at designated pauses in the show.

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