A 1920s style pop-up tent, street dance on ice, a world premiere dance opera, free lunchhour outdoor concerts – all signs that Luminato is in town. Celebrating its opening night in Toronto last Thursday, Luminato’s 11th annual arts extravaganza runs through to this Sunday, June 25.
While presenting its usual mix of art in all its forms, in both indoor and outdoor venues, and at paid and free events, this year’s festival has a particular emphasis on live performance and music.
“That live experience is so important when more and more people live in screens in a digital world, that sense of being with a live performer … just to get those elements together in the room is exciting,” Josephine Ridge, Luminato’s new Artistic Director told The Globe and Mail earlier this month.
Luminato was co-founded by St. Joseph’s Executive Chairman and CEO Tony Gagliano, who also serves as Chair. St. Joseph Communications is proud to serve as a Major Media Partner, providing advertising space in our magazines to promote the many events of what has become one of North America’s pre-eminent arts festivals. To date, Luminato has commissioned close to 100 new works of art and showcased over 3,000 performances featuring more than 13,000 artists.
Below is a glimpse at just a few of the events that are on this week. You can also check out recommendations from Toronto Life or for a full calendar of events and to purchase tickets, visit luminato.com.
The Famous Spiegeltent at David Pecaut Square
Programming all festival-long
Luminato takes over David Pecaut Square for twelve days with free outdoor programming as well as nightly shows in this pop-up venue The Famous Spiegeltent.
Luminato 2017 -The Famous Spiegeltent
In this world premiere dance opera, music is performed live by the National Youth Orchestra with some of Toronto’s best professional classical musicians, a custom-built choir, and mezzo soprano Marion Newman.
Marion Newman; Photo by Liz Beddall
Montreal’s Le Patin Libre combine the attitude of street dance and the athleticism of competitive skating.
Photo by Alice Clark
The world’s biggest festival of hip hop dance theatre, showcasing the very best from around the world and around the corner comes to Canada for the first time.
Soweto Skeleton Movers; Photo by Belinda Lawley