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Toronto’s Luminato Festival celebrates the arts

posted June 9, 2016


Toronto’s Luminato Festival

For more than two weeks in June, Toronto’s Luminato Festival brings creativity to the public in a celebration of the arts that is sure to inspire those on holiday in Canada.

The multi-arts festival draws in the best of Toronto’s creative efforts – showcasing performances, music, theatre, dance and the visual arts at the revitalised Hearn Generating Station in Toronto.

From 10th to 26th June, visitors can marvel at a range of free and ticketed events at Toronto’s Luminato Festival. Be sure to explore the other supporting exhibits, installations and acts making the Hearn their home throughout the festival week. You can also learn more about the city itself in the exhibition Trove: A view of Toronto in 50 of its treasures. This on-site photographic display tells the story of Toronto and its people by bringing together images of important objects and unique pieces from both private and public collections around the city.

There are also three dining places available to grab a bite at the Hearn. Refresh and unwind in-between performances at Le Pavillon restaurant and the family–friendly Canteen, or spend the evening in good company at The Biergarten.

2016 marks the festival’s tenth anniversary and the line-up is certainly worthy of such an occasion. Check out just a couple of the festival’s highlights this year:

Luminato Festival Opening Party

Get the festival off to a roaring start at the lively Luminato Festival Opening Party. There will be live music, dancing and the opportunity to see an exciting parkour (a creative form of street jumping) display in action. Guests at the launch party will also be privy to a special showing of the new installation Circa 1948, an immersive art experience created in collaboration with Toronto International Film Festival about post-war Vancouver.

Luminato Festival in Toronto

Music to draw to

Originating in Montreal, the artist and DJ Kid Koala brings his innovative weekly Music to draw to meet-up to the festival in Toronto on 25th June. The event is a family-friendly opportunity to listen to calming music and be creative yourself, the idea being that music can help us concentrate better on tasks. As he says: “Just bring something quiet to do and get some work done!”

DJ Kid Koala

Image Credit: danielle_blue, Bahman, Patrick Dinnen (flickr.com)

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