Sirish Rao is Founding Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Indian Summer Festival, an annual festival of the arts and ideas. Rao is a writer, producer, and cultural curator with deep connections to the international literary and cultural world. He has authored twenty books, from commentaries on street art, to children’s books, to retellings of Greek plays. His books have been translated into seventeen languages and have won several international awards.
As a publisher of art books and a curator of exhibitions, Rao has worked with some of the world’s leading art institutions, including the Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad; Tate Modern, London; Musee du Quai Branly, Paris; and Kunsthal Rotterdam.
Since co-founding Indian Summer Festival seven years ago, Rao has been responsible for introducing some of India’s most noted contemporary artists to Vancouver, including Raqs Media Collective, Orijit Sen, Aradhana Seth, Bharti Kher, and Reena Saini Kallat. He is deeply committed to playing his part in ensuring that Vancouver and British Columbia are at the heart of global conversations.