Mother Nature may have had a hand in it, but when it comes to the recent shift in the weather, Indian Summer Festival artistic director Sirish Rao is taking full credit.
“It’s because of the title of the festival,” he says with a laugh.
“The Indian Sleet and Snow Festival just doesn’t have quite the same ring.”
But this weekend’s heat won’t only be felt outdoors.
Festival goers can warm up with all-day wellness workshops including yoga, meditation and Ayurveda, Bollywood dance lessons and films featuring Sharmila Tagore – India’s Liz Taylor – then dine under the stars at an exclusive dinner in a secret location with celebrity chef Vikram Vij.
The fest also features top Indian authors and thinkers, including international human rights expert Miloon Kothari, leading feminist and historian Urvashi Butalia and highly acclaimed journalist and India Today editorial director M.J. Akbar.
“More and more our futures are being defined by political events all over the globe and we have to start understanding that,” says Mr. Rao.
“We have to be part of that dialogue.”
The Indian Summer Festival is at SFU Woodward’s through July 15 (indiansummerfestival.ca).