June 14 to 25, 2017 at the Hearn Generating Station. Visit the official website: LuminatoFestival.com.
The World Comes to Toronto to Celebrate Creativity
The Luminato Festival was born out of the cultural and creative energy of the city of Toronto and has become one of the preeminent arts festivals in North America. An event for people who are open to having art change their outlook on the world, the Luminato Festival transforms public spaces and creates a home for artists to play, share and create. When the unexpected meets the transformative, that’s a Luminato moment.
10 Years and Counting: The 2016 Luminato Festival at the Hearn #TurnOnTheHearn
What do an abandoned power plant, a French bistro, experimental sound and top-notch theatre have in common? They can all be found under one roof at this year’s Luminato Festival, held at the Hearn Generating Station right in the heart of Toronto’s Port Lands. For two weeks, from June 10 to 26, the former power plant will be transformed into a multidisciplinary show of colour, music and light, celebrating 10 years of artistic magic.
Why the Hearn?
Reflecting Toronto’s rich cultural palette, this year’s Luminato Festival is promoting a theme of diversity and openness. Serving both as a window into Toronto’s industrial past and a snapshot of the city’s cultural present, the vast space of the Hearn allows for what will be the world’s largest temporary community and cultural centre.
For this year’s festival, the massive metal megalith will feature theatres, art galleries and art installations, alongside several restaurants and bars. There will also be multiple music stages for the much-anticipated “Unsound Toronto,” back at the Hearn for a second year for its fusion of soundscape and musical technology.
What to Do
From a collection of Toronto treasures, to a traditional German biergarten, to tours of the Hearn itself, there is something for everyone at the 2016 Luminato Festival. Whether you are with friends, parents, children or your significant other, this year’s rich lineup yields a whole itinerary of possibilities.
For the art lover: check out some of this year’s popup galleries and art installations, in particular, “Trove: A View of Toronto in 50 of its Treasures,” a special 10-year-anniversary project featuring a range of cultural artifacts collected from around the city. Many will surprise you. For a more interactive art experience, try your hand at “Situation Rooms,” an award-winning multiplayer video display highlighting the effects of war and the arms industry.
For the music connoisseur: from LGBTQ hip-hop to Baroque pastorale, the Luminato Festival offers a full range of diverse melodic programming. For two nights, on June 10 and 11, the Hearn is playing host to “Unsound Toronto,” Toronto’s version of the famous Polish showcase of musical technology. During the day, come and relax to various laid-back musical programming, from the refined precision of Toronto’s own Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra to Canadian Kid Koala’s chill “Music to Draw To” DJ set.
For the theatre buff: nestled amongst the Hearn’s endless metal maze of steel girders, the main 1,200-seat theatre is an experience in itself. Amongst other theatrical programing, this year’s festival is running “The James Plays,” the epic trilogy telling the stories of three generations of 15th Century Scottish kings.
For everyone else: while the main show of the festival rages in the foreground, take advantage of the beautiful uniqueness of the Hearn venue. Tours of the former power plant will take place throughout the festival.
For more information on programming and tickets, visit the 2016 Luminato Festival website.
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