The founders of the Vancouver Indian Summer Festival are resigning

The ISF founders resign after a major 11-year term.

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The founders of the Indian Summer Arts Society, Sirish Rao and Laura Byspalko, are stepping down from their administrative roles after 11 years. The organization presents the annual Indian Summer Festival as artistic director Rao and CEO Byspalko have built into a signature event on the annual arts and culture calendar.

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The couple co-founded the organization in 2011 to launch an annual showcase for South Asian art and ideas in western Canada.

Featuring creators such as Booker Prize-winning novelist Arundathi Roy, visual artists Sandeep Johal and Jag Nagra and local music genius Ruby Singh’s Jhalaak project, the festival has ventured into literary, visual, spoken word, music and more. The 12th edition of the event takes place 7.-17. July, and Rao and Byspalko plan to have new management in place at launch.

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