Illuminating works

Supported By

Canada Council for the Arts - Conseil des arts du Canada             

Luminato was conceived in 2007 to shine a spotlight on the vibrancy of Toronto’s creative life; to bring the world to Toronto and Toronto to the world. What better way to do this than through an international arts festival?
Over the past 12 years, Luminato has found many ways to fulfil this mission and in 2018, we have created one more. Illuminating works is an invitation. It is an invitation from the festival to presenters and producers working around the country and elsewhere in the world to join us in Toronto each June. 
Illuminating works will give visiting presenters the chance to see work by a varied and exciting line-up of Canadian artists and companies programmed by the festival. Some of these works are still in progress and some are tour ready; all of them shine their own light on some of the extraordinary artists working in this country today. The week-long program will also include a range of activities designed to introduce delegates to the breadth of Toronto’s cultural landscape beyond Luminato’s own festival artists.

We'd like to recognize the following donors who have contributed towards Illuminating works for the 2018 season

Hal Jackman Foundation
David and Robin Young

With additional support from
Sandra Pitblado and Jim Pitblado, C.M.

Click here for the 2018 Illuminating works brochure.

Illuminating works
June 17–24, 2018

The 2018 Luminato festival runs from June 6–24. Illuminating works takes place during the final week and is a strategically focused and structured platform for international presenters, as well as those from elsewhere in Canada.
The week’s activities will include:
  • world premieres of tour-ready work included in the 2018 Luminato program;
  • work-in-progress presentations included in the 2018 Luminato program;
  • co-hosted sessions with organizations and artists from across the wider Toronto arts scene, to discuss work and pitch projects for co-production, future presentation and potential export (this extends our reach beyond Luminato 2018 programming);
  • a Luminato produced pitching event for invited artists to present future projects;
  • tailored one-on-one opportunities for artists and companies to engage in more in depth discussion; and
  • networking events to spark new conversations, collaborations and export possibilities 


Illuminating works delegates may be eligible to receive financial assistance to offset some of their travel and accommodation costs. Please contact us directly for details.
International delegates should also contact their closest Canadian Consulate to inquire about the assistance they might offer. Consulates have been informed by Global Affairs Canada about Illuminating works, and many have the capacity to offer some support.  
Luminato also has resources that can be offered directly to a limited number of delegates.


There is a $75 registration fee to participate in Illuminating works. A special arts worker rate allows delegates to purchase tickets in advance at a discounted price. 


For further information about attending Illuminating works please contact:
Denise Bolduc
Producer, Illuminating works