Luminato Festival

Luminato is Toronto’s international multi-arts, multi-platform festival dedicated to performance, visual art, music, theatre, dance, and programming that cuts across traditional art form boundaries. The 2017 festival runs June 14 to 25, launching Luminato’s second decade.

Luminato Leadership


Curated by Artistic Director Josephine Ridge and led by CEO Anthony Sargent CBE, 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

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.