Luminato 2019 Round Up
A recap of the thirteenth annual International Festival of Arts and Ideas
Jun 25, 2019 | By: Luminato
Illuminating Thoughts: Melanie DeMore on the music of Obeah Opera
Melanie DeMore, the Grammy nominated Music Director of Obeah Opera, shares her 'Illuminating Thoughts' with us on what it's like to work with an all-female cast, the challenges of her work and influence of Black music.  
Jun 18, 2019 | By: Melanie DeMore
Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) cancelled
Due to a family and medical emergency of a cast member in Triptych (Eyes of One on Another), Luminato’s presentation of the show has regrettably been cancelled.
Jun 17, 2019
Hanns Eisler: Life and Art in Exile, Part III
Part III of our blog series on the tumultous life of composer Hanns Eisler - in this final instalment, Eisler find success in Hollywood before coming up against the first wave of McCarthyism. 
May 29, 2019 | By: Sarah Brown & Jorge Ayala-Isaza
Luminato at the 40th Dora Maver Moore Awards
Some big nominations for Luminato productions, artists and creative teams from the 2018 festival!
May 28, 2019 | By: Luminato
Luminato launches Luminescence - a multi-sensory, fully immersive fundraising event to showcase performances from our 2019 and 2020 programs. 
May 27, 2019
Illuminating Thoughts: Alvaro Restrepo on Kazuo Ohno, Cohen & García...
Álvaro Restrepo, director of Compañía del Cuerpo de Indias, Colombia's most avant garde dance company, is a leading figure in Latin American contemporary dance. He shares with us his creative connections between legendary Japanese dancer Kazuo Ohno, Canadian artist Leonard Cohen, and Spanish poet Federico García Lorca.
May 21, 2019 | By: Alvaro Restrepo
My Luminato
We caught up with some notable Torontonians to find out what they're most excited to see at Luminato this year
May 13, 2019 | By: Luminato
The Salem Witch Trials Timeline, part III
In the final installment of our blog series examining the Salem Witch trials, find out what happened to the women (and men) accused and the aftermath of the trials. Obeah Opera is an a capella retelling of these historical events from the perspective of Tituba, a Caribbean slave. 
Apr 30, 2019 | By: Sarah Brown
Illuminating Thoughts: Ronnie Burkett on Forget Me Not
Beloved puppet master and creator of Forget Me Not, Ronnie Burkett shares his illuminating thoughts on asking the audience to connect and letter writing as a political act of defiance. 
Apr 26, 2019 | By: Ronnie Burkett
National Poetry Month: Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)
In celebration of National Poetry Month we're highlighting some of the powerful poetry from Triptych (Eyes of One on Another). Artists Essex Hemphill and Patti Smith poetry describes their strong connections to the life and work of Robert Mapplethorpe and provide insight into how Mapplethorpe's art can be interpreted through the lens of lived experiences.  
Apr 24, 2019 | By: Sarah Brown
Illuminating Thoughts: Susanna Fournier & Alison Wong on Four Sisters
Four Sisters is the culmination of Susanna Fournier's dystopian The Empire trilogy. Producer Alison Wong and writer & director Fournier share their illuminating thoughts on the creative process and meaning behind the work. 
Apr 23, 2019 | By: Susanna Fournier & Alison Wong
Ten Things to Know About Robert Mapplethorpe
Learn about Robert Mapplethorpe's legacy ahead of the Canadian premiere of Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) at Luminato 2019. 
Apr 12, 2019 | By: UMS Lobby
Illuminating Thoughts: Lua Shayenne on KIRA, The Path | La Voie
Lua Shayenne the producer behind KIRA, The Path | La Voie shares her illuminating thoughts on the artistry of African dance and why KIRA's drum beats are an environmental call to action. 
Apr 8, 2019 | By: Lua Shayenne
Illuminating Thoughts: Evalyn Parry & Laakkuluk on Kiinalik: These Sharp ...
The dynamic duo behind Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools share their illuminating thoughts on inspiration, responsibility, and their beautiful friendship. 
Apr 1, 2019 | By: Evalyn Parry & Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory
Illuminating Thoughts: Nicole Brooks on Obeah Opera
Ten years ago she was told it could never be done — it was too big, too unconventional, too diverse, too much about women — now, artist Nicole Brooks is revelling in the success of her creation, Obeah Opera. 
Mar 29, 2019 | By: Nicole Brooks
The Wait is Over - Announcing the Luminato 2019 Festival Line Up!
The wait is over! We're thrilled to share our full 2019 festival line up with you!
Mar 13, 2019
Luminato 2019 Preview Event With the Honourable Michael Tibollo
Last month, some of our nearest and dearest friends, supporters and partners gathered together for a sneak peek at the Luminato 2019 festival line up.
Mar 12, 2019
2019 + Alonso + melgar + Volunteer
Meet Our Team: Alonso Melgar
Get to know Alonso Melgar, our outstanding new Volunteer Coordinator! On top of working as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Calgary International Film Festival, Alonso is the co-founder of a beloved event series, The Fifth Reel. Alonso brings a wide range of talents and positive energy to the Volunteer Team.  
Mar 1, 2019 | By: Alonso Melgar
2015 + Apocalypsis + Illuminating + Sounds
Illuminating Sounds #3: Apocalypsis by R. Murray Schafer
In June 2015, R. Murray Schafer’s Apocalypsis was performed in full, for the first time since its world premiere in 1980, at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, under the direction of Lemi Ponifasio and the baton of David Fallis.
Feb 26, 2019 | By: Jorge Ayala-Isaza
2019 + Collier + Kim + The Full Light of Day
Illuminating Thoughts: Kim Collier on The Full Light of Day
In 1996, Kim Collier joined a theatre collective with big ideas: The Electric Company Theatre, an organization that strives to create works that are relevant, challenging, and inspiring for audiences. Their latest project, The Full Light of Day, is a mighty technological feat that Kim believes will help expose the intimate humanity within the characters.
Feb 22, 2019 | By: Kim Collier
Meet Our Team: Felicia Daisy
Get to know Felicia Daisy, our fabulous new Volunteer Manager; Felicia brings a wealth of knowledge, an infectious energy, and a brilliant smile to the team.
Feb 21, 2019 | By: Felicia Daisy
2019 + Hanns Eisler + Hell's Fury + Serouj Kradjian
Illuminating Thoughts: Serouj Kradjian on Hell's Fury: The Hollywood Song...
​Juno Award-winning pianist Serouj Kradjian shares illuminating thoughts on his creative process, favourite Luminato memory, and why he believes the life of Hanns Eisler feels so current and poignant today.
Feb 13, 2019 | By: Serouj Kradjian
Luminato 2018: Engaging Young People
Jan 3, 2019
Luminato 2018: Making Space for Art and Activism Part II
Jan 2, 2019
Luminato 2018: Making Space for Art and Activism Part I
Dec 28, 2018
Luminato 2018: Community Engagement
Luminato 2018 might have come and gone but we're still over the moon about the 19 incredible days of programming that we shared with our audiences from Toronto and around the world! The next series of blog posts highlight some of the major milestones and achievements from the 2018 festival.  We can't wait to build on these exciting accomplishments next year and beyond!
Dec 27, 2018
2019 + Film + Full Light of Day + Multimedia + Theatre
Luminato News: November 2018
A round up of this month's exciting news from the Luminato family.
Nov 30, 2018
2019 + Film + Full Light of Day + Hell's Fury + Kiinalik + Masquerade + Obeah Opera + Opera + Theatre
Luminato 2019 Dates Announced: June 7 - 23!
Mark your calendars, Luminato 2019 is back June 7-23 at venues across Toronto!
Nov 15, 2018
2018 + announcement + artistic director + Naomi Campbell
Luminato announces new Artistic Director
We're excited to announce the immediate appointment of Naomi Campbell as Luminato's new Artistic Director.
Sep 11, 2018
Luminato News: September 2018
A round up of this month's exciting news from the Luminato family
Sep 6, 2018
#Luminato2018 Round Up
Highlights from our biggest and best festival yet! #Luminato2018
Jun 26, 2018
Joint Statement with the Toronto International Film Festival on the illegal i...
Luminato and TIFF join a growing chorus of international voices calling upon Russian authorities to release Oleg Sentsov immediately and urging the Canadian government to speak out against the illegal detention of Sentsov and 70 additional Ukrainian political prisoners. Sign our joint petition here: https://www.change.org/p/freesentsov  #FREESENTSOV
Jun 17, 2018
Access + Accessibility + Campbell + Corporation + Daniels + Describe + Lake + Live + Luminato + Naomi + Out + Q&A + Rebecca + Singh + Swan + the + Window
Q&A on Accessibility in the Arts
"Once you start actually looking, you can see the many barriers that could inhibit some people’s regular enjoyment of life – most people take it for granted." - Naomi Campbell, Deputy Artistic Director, Luminato
Jun 11, 2018 | By: Luminato
NO GOING BACK Twitter Q&A Recap
"The future of feminism is diverse. The future of feminism is inclusion. The future of feminism is equitable." Janelle Hinds, Committee Member, NO GOING BACK 
Jun 8, 2018 | By: Luminato
Luminato at the 39th Dora Mavor Moore Awards
Some big nominations for Luminato productions, artists and creative teams from the 2017 festival!
May 30, 2018
My Luminato
We caught up with some notable Torontonians to find out what they're most excited to see at Luminato this year
May 3, 2018 | By: Luminato
Unsound takes on Halloween
“You don't come to our festivals and events to confirm what you know, but discover.” – Mat Schulz, Artistic Director, Unsound
Oct 25, 2017 | By: Luminato
Being "historians" – interpreting the Mahabharata
“Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.”
Jun 6, 2017 | By: Akram Khan Company
A genre-defying tragicomedy
Take a pause and learn what’s really inside this controversial dance/theatre/music piece
Jun 1, 2017 | By: Richard Ouzounian
Honouring Amanda Todd
Composer Jocelyn Morlock and Carol Todd, mother of Amanda Todd, share their reflections on My Name is Amanda Todd, one of four pieces in Life Reflected.
May 31, 2017 | By: Jocelyn Morlock, Carol Todd
Eight Days in Space
Composer Nicole Lizée shares her reflections on Bondarsphere, one of four pieces in Life Reflected.
May 26, 2017 | By: Nicole Lizée
Your Long Weekend Playlist
The perfect soundtrack to your weekend adventures
May 19, 2017 | By: Luminato
About The Famous Spiegeltent
What is The Famous Spiegeltent? Why is it capital-f Famous?
May 16, 2017 | By: Luminato
Defining inclusive ways of working together
King Arthur's Night co-creator Marcus Youssef on working with the Down Syndrome Research Foundation of British Columbia
May 9, 2017 | By: Marcus Youssef
We are surviving that history together
Time is circular—and the trauma of the past is inextricably linked to the present.
May 8, 2017 | By: Michael Greyeyes and Yvette Nolan
Message from the Artistic Director
In 2017, Luminato kicks off in an entirely new way.
Apr 6, 2017 | By: Josephine Ridge
Snapshot of the Hearn
Photographer Jonathan Castellino captured the magic of the Hearn in a series of stunning images. Here's a snaphot of #Luminato10 at the Hearn.
Jul 11, 2016
2016 + The Hearn
Suddenly this summer
One of the things that always surprises me is how sudden it feels when the 4 hour long 2nd String Quartet by Morton Feldman ends. And just like that, five years of working in Toronto for the Luminato Festival suddenly end. June 30 was my last day.
Jul 5, 2016 | By: Jorn Weisbrodt
Late Night at the Hearn
All about the after party? We've got you covered.
Jun 8, 2016
From the Cast: Why You'll Identify with the James Plays
We asked some of the cast members of the James Plays to tell us what they think you'll identify with and also their favourite aspect of the shows.
Jun 7, 2016
#TurnOnTheHearn: Game On!
Take a digital tour around the virtual plans for Hearn Generating Station.
Jun 7, 2016
What To Wear: Luminato Edition
The Hearn has a style all of its own. Here's what you need to know to look and feel your best at the generating station.
Jun 6, 2016
In the Theatre of War
Situation Rooms has taken Rimini Protokoll’s work to yet another level of post-dramatic shock and awe.
Jun 3, 2016 | By: Jutta Brendemühl
A monumental undertaking
In conversation with the show’s creators and choreographers Dana Gingras and Noam Gagnon alongside original cast member and 2016 rehearsal director Sarah Williams. 
Jun 2, 2016 | By: Jennifer Perras
Rufus! Rufus! Rufus!
Broadway director, lyricist and writer Scott Wittman caught up with long-time friend Rufus Wainwright to chat all things Judy! Judy! Judy! after first being dazzled by Wainwright’s staging in 2006.
Jun 1, 2016 | By: Scott Wittman
Broadway director, lyricist and writer
Bringing Unsound Toronto Back to the Hearn
THUMP gets the inside scoop from co-founder Mat Schulz
May 31, 2016 | By: Max Mertens
Editor, THUMP
#TurnOnTheHearn: The Build
How can we build something like this in just 3.5 weeks, you will ask? 98% of what we need to create the largest cultural and community centre in the world is already there. We just had to add the last 2%.
May 30, 2016 | By: Jorn Weisbrodt
Representing the World: On the art of Scott McFarland
In his monumental photographs, McFarland does not only represent repatriation, he enacts it, returning photography to its fundamental task of representing the world.
May 17, 2016 | By: Kitty Scott
Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Ontario
The World According to James
An interview with The James Plays director Laurie Sansom
May 12, 2016 | By: Richard Ouzounian
Better Together
A tribute to Luminato Festival’s volunteers
May 4, 2016 | By: Saskia Rinkoff & Nicole Culp
The Hearn: A History
The Hearn is located at 440 Unwin Avenue, in Toronto’s Port Lands area sitting majestically on a 10.5-hectare property. Its smokestack, at 705 ft. (215 m) tall, is a towering landmark, a proud memory of a bygone industrial era.
Apr 20, 2016
A conversation with Charcoalblue, theatre and acoustic designers
Charcoalblue is widely considered to be the most innovative theatre and acoustics consultancy in the world, with studios in London, Bristol, New York and Melbourne.
Apr 20, 2016 | By: Alexandra West
Larger Than Architecture
#TurnOnTheHearn is one of the boldest and most ambitious visions for Toronto yet. It might also be one of the largest architectural installations in the world. The Hearn itself will be an event.
Apr 20, 2016 | By: PARTISANS
Jorn's Blog + Luminato10
#Luminato10: monumental and Rufus Does Judy
Get the scoop on our just-announced shows, monumental and Rufus Does Judy.
Mar 4, 2016 | By: Jorn Weisbrodt
Apocalypsis Album Out Now!
Re-live our 2015 production of R. Murray Schafer's Apocalypsis through the just-released recording of this epic oratorio.
Feb 24, 2016
Luminato10 + Unsound
Tim Hecker returns to the Unsound stage
Canadian artist Tim Hecker has been added to the lineup! Hecker will perform on June 11.
Feb 17, 2016
Luminato10 + The Hearn + Unsound
sunn o))) to take the stage at Unsound Toronto
This just in: sunn o))) to headline Unsound Toronto on June 10!
Feb 10, 2016