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The Luminato Festival in Toronto

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From June 11-20, thousands of culture vultures will descend upon the Canadian metropolis of Toronto to experience the 4th annual Luminato. Luminato is the Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity; a living celebration which “recognizes that creativity flourishes when cultures join together in a spirit of tolerance and respect.” In terms of principles, Luminato holds three – collaboration, accessibility, and diversity, while their apt slogan simply asks attendees to “imagine everything.”

A Glance at What Luminato Has on Offer

For an idea at what exactly is expected at Luminato, the numerous events are divided into categories. These categories are: Opening Weekend, Celebrations, Dance, Film, Food, Literature, Music, Magic, Theatre, Visual Arts, Fashion, Closing Weekend, and Illuminations Series. Some events are too culturally diverse and are therefore found under two or more headings. View the full listing.

Some of the Big Events

The Luminato Festival has many exciting art events for every possible taste. The festivities kick off Friday night, June 11, in Yonge and Dundas Square, the theme being “Canadian Divas.” This free concert in the Square will have performances by Sass Jordan and Melanie Fiona. Dancing is pretty much a must for attendees, as Luminato encourages audience participation at many events.

For theatre and film buffs alike, the North American premiere of “Confessions of a Serial Killer” is set for June 11-12 at Massey Hall. “Confessions” stars John Malkovich as cunning real-life Austrian Casanova-killer, Jack Unterweger. Tickets range from $55-$125.00 CAD.

Luminato also brings the East and West together in an all-out music rock-out with Rock the Casbah, including performances with artists from France, Montreal and Algeria, followed by An African Prom, whose musicians, including Bela Fleck, hail from Canada, America, Nigeria, and Mali. This free musical collaboration takes place at Queen’s Park North on June 12.

And don’t forget about the food! On June 19 the President’s Choice 1000 Tastes of Toronto is to be held at Queens Park North with diverse dishes to make the palate sing. Entry is free of charge, although each item costs $5 CAD. Refuel with some of Toronto’s finest fares with food, glorious food.

The Spirit of Luminato

Luminato aims to set an inspiring atmosphere of creative enlightenment and the chance to witness worlds brought together in one inviting city. Festival goers are able to pick and choose exhibits based on their own curiosities, and with the tremendously stellar events line-up, there is a world of opportunities available for these ten days in Toronto.

Don’t miss out! Find hotel packages and other information for guests on the visitor section of Luminato’s website.

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