Luminato Festival Lights up Toronto Arts Scene

Cardboard Beach, Luminato, TorontoWhen Ontario's warm weather returns, Luminato, a 10-day celebration of music, theatre, art, dance, and cuisine lights up Toronto's arts scene. Conference, event and meeting planners can beef up content and offer social activities without exploding budgets. (Many events are free.)

The concept is simple yet innovative:

"Luminato began as a dream that each year Toronto would invite the world to join us in celebrating creativity. A dream where the best artists in the world and the best artists in Canada fill the stage that is Toronto with new and wonderful creations."

"Luminato embraces the very diversity that is the beating heart of Toronto and is living testimony that creativity is best nourished where cultures come together in a spirit of common humanity and citizenship."

Reflecting a variety of genres, programming will be of special interest to ethnically diverse and multi-generational audiences. For example, this year, Keys on the Street - A recital of Urban Dance and Piano, choreographed by So you Think You Can Dance Canada's Tre Armstrong, will bring classical music by pianist Angela Hewitt to life. Reggae lovers will appreciate Ziggy Marley: The Fly Rasta Tour, in which Bob Marley's oldest son teams up with Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars. Last weekend, after a pre-performance talk, Argentinian author and director Mariano Pensotti screened Cineastas, in which he followed 4 filmmakers as their work took shape.

The Lost Train pushes the boundaries to deliver 12 exclusive culinary journeys. 8 guests will be picked up from the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and whisked to a secret train location. Composer/Turntablist Kid Koala and Montreal restaurateur Fred Morin will create an unforgettable experience.

The Festival Hub is at David Pecaut Square. Steps away from the theatre district and Metro Toronto Convention Centre, it takes in Roy Thomson Hall, Metro Centre, and Metro Hall. Cuban visual arts collective, Los Carpinteros, has transformed the square into Cardboard Beach, an urban oasis. Through Taste of the Beach, pairings of 10 Luminato artists with 10 local chefs, scrumptious summer dishes are reflecting the theme of eating at the beach.

Over 24 events venues throughout the Greater Toronto Area are participating in this celebration of creativity that kicked off on Friday, June 6, 2014 and runs until Sunday, June 15th. These include Artscape Youngplace, Edward Day Gallery, The Theatre Centre, and North of Toronto in Kleinberg, McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

Mark your calendar. Luminato will return to Toronto in June 19-28, 2015 and June 17-26, 2016.

Also read Nuit Blanche (White Night) Shines a Spotlight on the Arts.

Consult the Cvent Toronto Meeting Planning Guide for  assistance in planning your event in Toronto.

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