Luminato is a Toronto arts festival that incorporates performances, visual art, music, theatre, and dance dedicated to pushing the boundaries of traditional art.
Celebrating twenty years of the annual festival in Toronto, the ten day festival will run through June 14 to 25 at various venues throughout the city.
This year’s festival is focused on celebrating “Toronto’s diverse and multicultural make-up.” The festival is also focused on improving accessibility for all audiences, as well as presenting work by differently-abled artists.
The festival will start with Tributaries, in David Pecaut Square which “pays tribute to the immeasurable power, passion, beauty, and resilience of Indigenous women”. The celebration of contemporary Indigenous music and dance sets the tone for the festival, focusing on the various number of cultures and people who call Toronto home.
The festival will also feature “King Arthur’s Night” featuring actors living with and without Down syndrome, and Bearing a dance-opera addressing the trauma surrounding Canada’s residential school system.
The program will also showcase “Until the Lions” a “blend of the Indian classical dance style kathak with contemporary movement” from award-winning choreographer and dancer Akram Khan, while “Vertical Influences” from Montreal’s Le Patin Libre will take to the ice combining the “attitudes of street dance and the athleticism of competitive skating”.
You can check out the Luminato site for more information on what’s on the program for 2017, tickets and locations.
Luminato starts on June 14 until the 25th. Check out the trailer for the festival below!