American comic and documentarian Hari Kondabolu is one of the many artists performing at this year's Indian Summer Festival. Photo courtesy the artist.
American comic and documentarian Hari Kondabolu is one of the many artists performing at this year's Indian Summer Festival. Photo courtesy the artist.

The Indian Summer Festival returns for it’s 9th year, bringing local and international artists to venues across the city from July 4 to 14.

With its provocative theme of ‘Tricksters, Magicians, and Oracles,’ the 2019 festival lineup features futurists, novelists, stand-up comedians, musicians and storytellers from around the world.

Here are five shows we think are worth checking out:

1. Conjuring the Future (Jul 6)

From Inuit throat singing to 808-hip-hop beats, radio host Jarrett Martineau curates a night featuring multiple Vancouver premieres from some of Canada’s brightest stars in South Asian, Indigenous, Queer, Filipinx, and diasporic music and movement.

2. Pause in the Park (Jul 8-14)

Featuring a number of free events throughout the festival, Pause offers attendees the chance to attend Tiffin Talks, with lunchtime speakers series paired with a tiffin meal. The family-friendly programming, workshops, and visual art installations emphasises collaborations and conversations between South Asian and Indigenous artists.

3. Trigger Me This (Jul 10)

Radio host Richard Side hosts a new stage format that asks a panel of talented comedians and the audience to decide where jokes cross the line and go from being inoffensive to being off-putting and even toxic. With a traditional stand-up format in its first half, the second half will poll the audience for comments and votes.

4. Strings for Peace (Jul 12)

Regarded as a master of the sarod, Amjad Ali Khan takes the Chan Centre stage alongside his sons and three-time Grammy Award-winning classical guitarist Sharon Isbin, with a call for world harmony in music, religion, and cultures.

5. Hari Kondabolu (Jul 13)

American comic and creator of the hit documentary Problem with Apu in which he tackled the stereotypical Indian character on The Simpsons, Hari Kondabolu returns to Vancouver with his trademark blend of the personal and the political.

The 9th annual Indian Summer Festival runs July 4 to 14 at venues around the city. Visit indiansummerfest.ca for tickets and information.