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Luminato Festival Toronto, the City’s Multi-arts Festival is Back in June 2024



Luminato Festival Toronto - Photo by Cassandra Popescu
Luminato Festival Toronto - Photo by Cassandra Popescu

TORONTO, ON (April 10, 2024) This June, Luminato Festival Toronto, the city’s multi-arts festival, returns to kick off the summer with memorable art experiences. From June 5 to 16, Luminato will present a stellar programming lineup featuring exceptional Canadian and international artists who will illuminate the city with a unique blend of music, dance, theatre, performance art, and more. 

From parks and sidewalks, to theatres, galleries and major transit locations, this year’s festival will be in neighborhoods across the Toronto region and invites attendees to talk, laugh, dance, listen, create, and enjoy each other. “Luminato produces once-in-a-lifetime inclusive art experiences that highlight the absolute best of our city, region and country,” says Celia Smith, CEO of Luminato Festival Toronto. “As a city-building festival, we create environments which inspire, unite, and start conversations that can lead to positive changes in our daily lives.” 

Luminato 2024 introduces the Canadian premiere of Geoff Sobelle’s interactive theatrical work, HOME. The immensely popular piece constructs a house from nothing before the audiences’ eyes and uses innovative theatre magic to chronicle the transformation of a house into a home. After captivating over a million people worldwide, the international sensation 360 ALLSTARS will celebrate their 10th anniversary world tour showcasing all forms of rotation (360°, get it?!). This high-octane urban circus from Onyx Productions combines BMX, basketball, breakdancing, acrobatics, drumming, and live music. Witness and engage with UK artist Sonia Hughes over a 7-hour period as she constructs and dismantles a steel-and-lumber structure in different locations each day. Her outdoor interactive piece, I Am from Reykjavik demonstrates the experience of newcomers searching for home. Bring your cameras to capture Atelier Sisu’s captivating ‘art-chitecture’ installation Evanescent, where you can interact with giant incandescent bubbles. 

For twelve exciting days in June, Luminato invites residents and visitors to explore the city in fresh and surprising ways. “Luminato Festival Toronto continues to showcase the significant impact that festivals and events can have in communities across Ontario.” said Hon. Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport. “This 12-day celebration of the arts offers unique experiences that draw visitors from near and far to Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area, fostering a dynamic arts and culture environment that also provides a welcomed boost to local businesses. Our government is proud to support Luminato Festival Toronto 2024 and its contributions to Ontario’s reputation as a world-class arts and culture destination.” 

The programming for Luminato 2024 has been developed by Senior Programmer Cathy Gordon with Senior Producer Lani Milstein and Programmer/Producer Adam Barrett. Together, this exceptional team has ensured that the programming for this year’s festival is nothing short of extraordinary and promises something for everyone!

“I am extremely proud of the festival this year, a program collaboratively realized with Adam and Lani and our many curating partners, fine-tuned by listening to our colleagues, access advisory, and audiences. I hope you will join us as Luminato reflects a Toronto filled with energy and possibility.” – Cathy Gordon

Luminato Festival Toronto - Photo by Cassandra Popescu
Luminato Festival Toronto – Photo by Cassandra Popescu
About Luminato Festival Toronto 

Luminato Festival Toronto is a convenor and catalyst for big, bold contemporary works of art. Each June, Luminato kicks off the summer with a festival to welcome the world to Toronto, commissioning, producing, and presenting exceptional Canadian and international artists. Throughout the year, Luminato works with artists from the diverse cultures and communities of the city’s region, supporting creative development, and bringing their art to the world stage. We connect local voices with global conversations and ground our work in equity, inclusion, accessibility, and sustainability. Most importantly, we believe in the power of art to start conversations and inspire audiences.   

Luminato Festival Toronto gratefully acknowledges the support of our founding government partner, the Province of Ontario; our major partners, the City of Toronto and the Government of Canada; and our government partners, Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.

Luminato Festival Toronto is grateful to operate on the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Chippewa, the Anishnaabeg, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Wendat Confederacy, and many other Indigenous peoples, both known and unknown, past and present.

Web Publisher. Founder, Editor & Webmaster for Latin Jazz Network, World Music Report & That Canadian Magazine. A passionate and committed communicator with a sensibility for the arts based in Toronto, Canada.

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