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The Luminato Festival

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“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. A dream that we could create in Toronto a festival that would become renowned the world over for its excellence, its originality and its accessibility to all people regardless of background or experience.  Today that dream has become the reality of a boisterous festival sprawling all over the city with music, theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, film and celebrations of all kinds.  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.  One can note the artistic and economic impact of Luminato, but its core purpose is something larger: Luminato is a hugely personal and collective enterprise.  In a digital age, a festival like this is one dimension of human activity that must still be experienced in person. It is a shared spectacle. Luminato’s roots go back to our earliest cultural experiences before we even lived in cities and practised formal arts.  At its core Luminato is about the creativity in each one of us.
We know that each and every child is fundamentally a creative being. Over our lives, some of that creativity is lost. Luminato is a time, a place and a set of experiences where each of us can reconnect with the creative in ourselves. The dream of Luminato, a dream we can all dedicate ourselves to this week, is that each of us can discover and share our innate creativity. And in doing so, connect with one another as a community in the most powerful way we know.”

– David Pecaut (June 2009)



Produced by The Luminato Festival

Prima Donna June 14th, 2010 – June 19th, 2010
The Children’s Crusade June 8th, 2009 – June 11th, 2009

Presented by The Luminato Festival

Age is a Feeling May 29th, 2024 – June 23rd, 2024
Monday Nights June 7th, 2019 – June 16th, 2019
Bug June 22nd, 2018 – June 24th, 2018
James II: Day of the Innocents June 18th, 2016 – June 26th, 2016
James III: The True Mirror June 18th, 2016 – June 26th, 2016
James I: The Key Will Keep the Lock June 16th, 2016 – June 26th, 2016
Who Killed Spalding Gray June 20th, 2015 – June 21st, 2015
The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic June 14th, 2013 – June 17th, 2013
The Daisy Theatre June 14th, 2013 – June 23rd, 2013
Einstein on the Beach June 8th, 2012 – June 10th, 2012
LU XUN blossoms June 15th, 2011 – June 18th, 2011
Tout Comme Elle (Just Like Her) June 13th, 2011 – June 18th, 2011
Andromache June 10th, 2011 – June 19th, 2011
One Thousand And One Nights June 7th, 2011 – June 19th, 2011
The Africa Trilogy – Peggy Pickit Sees the Face of God June 15th, 2010 – June 20th, 2010
The Africa Trilogy – GLO June 15th, 2010 – June 20th, 2010
The Africa Trilogy – Shine Your Eye June 15th, 2010 – June 20th, 2010
Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allen Poe June 11th, 2009 – June 13th, 2009
Continuous City June 11th, 2009 – June 13th, 2009
5 O’Clock Bells June 10th, 2009 – June 13th, 2009
Lipsynch June 6th, 2009 – June 14th, 2009
Zisele June 5th, 2009 – June 13th, 2009
Sanctuary Song June 7th, 2008 – June 14th, 2008