Indian Summer Festival explores mythmaking with SFU

July 06, 2018

The Indian Summer Festival begins its eighth year with Simon Fraser University from July 5 to 15 featuring award-winning artists, writers and musicians.

SFU is proud to be a founding sponsor of the festival. Festival events are held at various venues including SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.

Speakers will explore the theme of ‘mythmaking’, examining 10 centuries of human imagination and storytelling.

SFU students, staff and faculty can use the promo code “SFU2018” for a 25 percent discount to Indian Summer events.

The following events are among those recommended:

  • July 8: Witness a rare performance and workshop of Kutiyattam, a mesmerizing and ornate form of Sanskrit dance theatre, at SFU Woodward's, with Behind the Curtain: A Workshop and Demonstration of Kutiyattam.

The event is free but requires registration online here.

  • July 8: Learn about the history of Kitsilano with SFU researchers Milan Singh and Naveen Girn as they go back in time to Kitsilano in the early 1900s, when sawmills lined False Creek and pioneering Sikh families lived in Kits, creating a strong community in the face of key struggles, such as regaining the right to vote, immigration reform, and labour movements.

This walking tour is limited to 22 people. Tickets available here.

  • July 11, 12-2pm: Join Shaheen Nanji, SFU's Director of International Engagement, with Marika Echachis Swan and Ammar Mahimwalla, as they discuss museums and their changing role in society at Tiffin Talks in Vanier Park.
  • July 12, 12-2 pm: Join Andy Yan, director of SFU's City program, with Luugigyoo Patrick Stewart and Marianne Amodio as they discuss whether architecture and design should come from a place of empathy or affluence, at Tiffin Talks in Vanier Park.
  • July 13: Chelene Knight, executive director of Word Vancouver and an alumna of SFU Writer's Studio, discusses navigating a male-dominated literary scene while raising families, working, writing, and creating mind-blowing work, with fellow writers Jónína Kirton and Joanne Arnott.

Find the full list of Tiffin Talks here.

  • July 14 and 15: The Myth and Rupture installation showcases furniture artworks in the form of lawn chairs from students at SFU’s School of Contemporary Arts. Take a seat from 12 to 4pm at Vanier Park.

Find the full schedule of events in the park here.

For more information about the Indian Summer Festival, go to

This story originally appeared in SFU News.