Luminato is Toronto’s international arts festival dedicated to performance, media and visual arts, and programming that cuts across traditional artform boundaries. Luminato works closely with Canadian artists to support the development and creation of distinctive new work as well as presenting today’s most exciting artists from around the world.  The 2018 festival runs June 6 to 24 and extends from its previous 10 days to 19, the intended festival length for future years.

Luminato acknowledges this land, known as Tkaronto, and honours the stewardship, past, present and future of the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the New Credit. Tkaronto is in the Dish With One Spoon Territory. The Dish With One Spoon is a treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee that bound them to share the territory and protect the land. Subsequent Indigenous Nations and peoples, Europeans and all newcomers have been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship and respect. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work in the community, on this territory.

Luminato gratefully acknowledges the generosity of its Founding Government Partner the Province of Ontario, its Major Partner the Government of Canada and its Presenting Partner the City of Toronto.



Luminato Leadership


Led by CEO Anthony Sargent CBE and Artistic Director Josephine Ridge, Luminato is a charitable, not-for-profit, globally connected cultural organization proudly based in Toronto.

Anthony Sargent. Photo by Mark Savage. 

Anthony Sargent


For the past 3 years Anthony has been the elected chair of the New York-based International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA). For the past 15 years, he was founding general director at Sage Gateshead. Other highlighted past UK experiences include 16 years with the BBC radio & TV, Artistic Projects Director at London’s South Bank Centre, Head of Arts for Birmingham City Council, and more.

Josephine Ridge. Photo by Katherine Holland. 

Josephine Ridge

Artistic Director

Since 1986, Josephine Ridge has worked in the performing arts across a variety of sectors including theatre, dance and music working in marketing, communications, sponsorship, philanthropy and general management. She has worked for Playbox Theatre Company, The Malthouse Theatre, Opera Australia, Australian Chamber Orchestra, The Australian Ballet, Sydney Festival, and Melbourne Festival.

Learn more about the leaders

History & The Founders of Luminato


David Pecaut

David Pecaut (1955-2009)
An accomplished civic leader and humanitarian, David worked tirelessly on initiatives designed to make our city and country a better place.

Tony Gagliano

Tony Gagliano
Co-Founder and Chair
Tony Gagliano presently serves as Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph Communications.

Lucille Joseph

Lucille Joseph
Vice Chair
Lucille was the founding Executive Director of Luminato and currently serves as Vice Chair of Luminato’s Board of Directors.