Past Festivals


Luminato 2011 brochure cover
CEO: Janice Price
Artistic Director: Chris Lorway

This year we explore the idea of storytelling. Artists have long been inspired by stories and images from the past. 2011 is also a year in which we celebrate Toronto. Some of our city's top companies are featured in collaboration with guest artists from across the country and around the world. 

To all of you who have been with us since the beginning, thank you for your support of Luminato. If you are joining us for the first time, we hope you will also discover ways to make this year's Festival story your own.
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National Bank First Night
CELEBRATIONS | Beast, The Joel Plaskett Emergency
David Pecaut Square

Festival Stage Saturday, June 11
CELEBRATIONS | They Might Be Giants, Dominic Mancuso, Marco Calliari, Bandabardo
David Pecaut Square

Festival Stage Sunday, June 12
CELEBRATIONS | Homayun Sakhi, Alim Qasimov Ensemble, Annex Quartet, Kronos Quartet
David Pecaut Square

Festival Stage Monday, June 13: Broadway’s Night Out
CELEBRATIONS | Various Artists
David Pecaut Square

Festival Stage Tuesday, June 14
CELEBRATIONS | Sultans of String, Yemen Blues
David Pecaut Square

Festival Stage Wednesday, June 15
CELEBRATIONS | Art of Time Ensemble, Gravity Radio
David Pecaut Square

Festival Stage Thursday, June 16
CELEBRATIONS | Delhi 2 Dublin, Malkit Singh
David Pecaut Square

Festival Stage Friday, June 17
CELEBRATIONS | The Belle Brigade, k.d. lang and The Siss Boom Bang
David Pecaut Square

Festival Stage Saturday, June 18
CELEBRATIONS | Minor Empire, Natacha Atlas, George Sawa, Hakim
David Pecaut Square

Festival Stage Sunday, June 19
CELEBRATIONS | Tasa, Nitin Sawhney
David Pecaut Square

The Luminato Mp3 Experiment
CELEBRATIONS | Improv Everywhere
Various Locations

The Canadian Songbook: Ron Sexsmith
MUSIC | Ron Sexsmith, Various Artists
Massey Hall

Kronos Quartet Residency
MUSIC | Kronos Quartet, Alim Qasimov Ensemble
Koerner Hall

Kronos Quartet Residency
MUSIC | Kronos Quartet, Homayun Sakhi and Musicians
Koerner Hall

Kronos Quartet Residency
MUSIC | Kronos Quartet, Wu Man
Jane Mallett Theatre

Kronos Quartet Residency
MUSIC | Kronos Quartet
David Pecaut Square

TSO Goes Late Night: Mahler 5
MUSIC | Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Roy Thompson Hall

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
DANCE | Choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, produced by The National Ballet of Canada, a co-production with The Royal Ballet (UK)
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

DANCE | Akram Khan and Nitin Sawhney
MacMillan Theatre

DANCE | Sampradaya Dance Creations
Fleck Dance Theatre

Garden of Roses: Denis Gagnon Interprets Alice
FASHION | Denis Lancome
Wintergarden Lobby, 225 King St. W.

The Luminato Reel
FILM | Various
TIFF Bell Lightbox

My Name is Raj
FILM | Srinivas Krishna
TIFF Bell Lightbox

President’s Choice 1000 Tastes of Toronto
FOOD | Various Artists
John Street

Modern Day Shahrazads
LITERATURE | Leila Aboulela, Elizabeth Hay, Maxine Hong Kingston, Miriam Toews
Al Green Theatre

Ann Patchett
LITERATURE | Ann Patchett
Al Green Theatre

Geraldine Brooks
LITERATURE | Geraldine Brooks
The Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library

Joyce Carolyn Oates
LITERATURE | Joyce Carolyn Oates
Glenn Gould Studio

Jeanette Winterson
LITERATURE | Jeanette Winterson
The Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library

LITERATURE | Yassin Adnan, Mohammad Hassan Alwan, Joumana Haddad, Randa Jarrar, Hyam Yared
Glenn Gould Studio

Hanan Al-Shahyk
LITERATURE | Hanan Al-Shahyk
TIFF Bell Lightbox

RBC Presents: The New Yorker at Luminato
LITERATURE | Mona Eltaway, Amira Hass, Hisham Matar, David Remnick, Malcolm Gladwell, Rebecca Mead, Deborah Treisman, Chris Adrian, Allegra Goodman, Colm Toibin
Jane Mallett Theatre & Glenn Gould Studio

Arabic Poetry
LITERATURE | John Asfour, Hisham Mata, Khaled Mattawa
TIFF Bell Lightbox

MAGIC | Gaetan Bloom, Mike Caveney, Ardan James, Tina Lenert
Winter Garden Theatre

Natural Magick
MAGIC | David Ben
Tarragon Theatre

One Thousand and One Nights
THEATRE | A Dash Arts Production, dramatized and directed by Tim Supple, stories adapted by Hanan al-Shaykh
The Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre

Tout Comme Elle (Just Like Her)
THEATRE | Necessary Angel
Bluma Appel Theatre

THEATRE | Necessary Angel
The Theatre Centre

LU XUN Blossoms
THEATRE | Theatre Smith-Gilmour
Isabel Bader Theatre

Soulpepper Summer Repertory
THEATRE | Produced by soulpepper
Young Centre for the Performing Arts

VISUAL ARTS | David Levine
OCAD University

VISUAL ARTS | Philip Beesley Architect Inc.
Allen Lambert Galleria, Brookfield Place

Lunchtime Conversations

Art as Safe Ground?
ILLUMINATIONS | Produced in association with Diaspora Dialogues, Deepa Metha, Steve Paikan, Anna Porter, Judith Thompson
Jackman Hall

Confluence: A Common Search for the Creative Spark
ILLUMINATIONS | Akram Khan and Nitin Sawhney
TIFF Bell Lightbox

Modern Takes on Old Stories
ILLUMINATIONS | Evie Christie, Dean Gilmour, Tim Supple, Muhsin al-Musawi
Jackman Hall

The Healing Power of Story
ILLUMINATIONS | Laura Simms and Dan Yashinsky
OCAD University