First presented in 2011 the brainchild of music producer Pritesh Varia and media practitioner Bipin Anand, An Indian Summer took place entirely at Phoenix Square Cinema and Media Centre. Festival highlights included a rare screening of the classic “Sholay” the festival brought to life the streets of India through “Horn Ok Please” video installation and took a high-tech twist on live table performance connecting online between Leicester and Mumbai.
The festival came outdoors into Orton Square and firmly established itself in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter incorporating; Phoenix – independent cinema, digital arts centre and cafe bar, Curve – Leicester’s state of the art theatre, LCB Depot – the dynamic, entrepreneurial hub for Leicester’s creative industries, and the Cultural Quarter’s excellent bars, restaurant and hotel.
In 2013 the festival grew from a weekend to a four day festival. We took interactivity literally to new heights over Indian rooftops with “Digital Kite Flying” a motion detection take on a favourite traditional pastime, presented 15 exhibitions and capped the festival with our hilarious headliner – Paul Chowdhury. Two more venues joined the family Makers’ Yard – Leicester’s newest studio space for artists and designer-makers, and Studio 79 – The biggest dance studio space in Leicester.
The festival grows on…2014 sees the festival grow to a whole week of events, enabling more community group participation and showcasing premier one-off events you should not miss…and of course the weekend madness will continue. Follow us on social media and visit our website regularly to stay up to date.