Following last year’s takeover and transformation of an abandoned Toronto power plant, Luminato needed to find an equally impressive venue for its 2017 festival.
Now in its 11th year, the multi-arts and multi-platform event will take over David Pecaut Square for twelve days of free outdoor programming this June.
In addition, there will be nightly shows held inside The Famous Spiegeltent, a whimsical and ornate 1920s pavilion that, in its heyday, traveled festivals and fairgrounds throughout Europe and beyond.
Kicking off with a free celebration of contemporary Indigenous culture, the 2017 festival is the first curated by new artistic director Josephine Ridge who is quoted in a press release saying,
For a festival to stay relevant and feel connected to the city in which it’s created, it has to be part of the zeitgeist of the city. Luminato should be a festival of and a festival for Toronto… Throughout the program this year, and into the future, we will be looking for ways to contribute, to add meaning and to reflect, respond to and to celebrate Toronto.
We hope you’ll discover a festival that is curious about the world, interested in the vibrant diversity of the communities that comprise Toronto today, eager to engage in discourse and ready at all times to have fun and celebrate this great city.
More programming announcements are yet to come, but 3-pack tickets are already on sale for marquee events including Canadian-made world premieres of Bearing, a dance opera by Michael Greyeyes and Yvette Nolan of Signal Theatre, and King Arthur’s Night a theatre production co-created by Niall McNeil with Marcus Youssef and James Long of Neworld Theatre.
When: June 14 to 25
Where: David Pecaut Square